This article aims to help you remove Ads by Canopus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as your respective system.
Ads by Canopus is a program you probably don’t want on your computer – it is a type of virus called Adware. In its core it will create advertisements, which can track the sites you visit and then try to sell you things from there. If you think this is a suspicious and disturbing behavior then you are right on your money.
Ads by Canopus can not be turned off and it will continue to spam Ads until the moment it’s removed from your system. The Ads it creates could be in under any of the following formats:
- Pop-up windows, sometimes even big enough to cover the screen.
- Banners – often multiple of them.
- New pages filled with pop-ups and banners.
- Turn words of any text you read into hyperlinks.
Dangers associated with Ads by Canopus
First of all Ads by Canopus slows down your computer. Whenever you try to load an internet page your CPU also has to load an Ad, which means double the work. It also has to download the information needed to display the Ad, which means extra bandiwidth and maybe even severe slowdown if your internet speed is not that great.
Next the Ads themselves can try a possible phishing scan on you. The idea here is to point you to an online shop that looks exactly like a well known and respected site like Amazon. When you try to purchase anything you’ll have to deposit credit card numbers and passwords, which are recorded and then your accounts emptied.
Lastly Ads by Canopus can also try to install other viruses through it’s Ads. They will of course be hidden under the guide of free software installations. Ads by Canopus can also generate fake messages about non-existent issues with your PC – things like missing plug-ins, codecs, viruses or errors in windows or the registry records.
Now we will begin the removal process itself, but before we start there is one thing you should know beforehand. In order to make viruses harder to remove their creators keep tweaking and improving them even after they are released. The end result is that the same virus can exist in multiple versions at the same time. The later iterations are generally harder to remove and require more operations to do so, but their functionality largely remains the same.
This is also the case with Ads by Canopus. We’ve written the guide such as to be able to remove all versions of this malware, but this also means parts of it could be redundant if you have been infected by an older version of Ads by Canopus. Run carefully each step and if at any point you don’t see traces of the virus don’t worry and simply proceed with the next step.
|Name||Ads by Canopus|
|Danger Level||Medium. Adware viruses are never fun and you should definitely look to remove this pest before more trouble comes knocking on your door.|
|Symptoms||Pop-ups and banners filled with Advertisements, Web page redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Most notably through software bundles installations.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Canopus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Ads by Canopus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Remove Ads by Canopus
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
When Ads by Canopus came in contact with your computer it attached itself to all of your internet browsers. Now we’ll delete it from them. To do that run steps 2&3 for every browser installed on your computer. Don’t forget to include ALL browser in this – even old ones that are still installed, but you are not using.
Also be on the lookout for messages that may appear as you delete Ads by Canopus. These usually ask for confirmation or offer to download other applications or other software. This is a trap laid by Ads by Canopus – a last ditch effort by the virus to download itself again under a different name. Don’t allow it to install anything and proceed with the removal.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Canopus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Remove Ads by Canopus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Ads by Canopus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove Ads by Canopus from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Canopus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING! IT’S IMPORTANT!
What follows next is likely the most difficult and dangerous part of the guide, but it’s also mandatory if you want Ads by Canopus permanently deleted so don’t skip this. Unfortunately performing anything wrong here could damage your OS significantly, so be careful. If you are feeling nervous, we advise you to download a professional Ads by Canopus remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to other viruses that remain hidden to the naked eye until it’s too late. The only way to find those is to use an automated scanner that comes with good anti-malware programs.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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