“Ads by compareItApplication” Overview
WARNING! READERS BEWARE! Ads by compareItApplication also known as “Compare It” is a dangerous application categorized as adware. It will begin displaying several different kinds of messages that are however always one and the same thing – a trick aimed at making you install more adware. These tricks take as a front messages about missing plugins, updates on Java, FlashPlayer and many more legitimate programs, recommendations on video and download managers. The list goes on and on, there are even cases when Ads by compareItApplication will attempt to make itself look like an anti-virus program that recommends you to download its latest version to remove a malware you supposedly have.
- Remember – adware ask for your permission. They can not impose their will on your PC unless you let them. Simply ignore all messages you see and you should be fine until you remove the virus.
- Removing the malware can be both tedious and time-consuming, but you need to do it in haste, since this type becomes more dangerous the longer it holds on to your system. Ads by compareItApplication is well-known for reportedly collecting browsing information and passwords that it sends to whoever created it. In 2015, a lot of users have employed at least some form of online payment. If the virus steals the data from your PayPal account for example, it can be disastrous.
- A slowing down of the PC and some stuttering is closely associated with adware. This effect will be gone as soon as you get rid of the virus. Basically the advertisements put a strain on the CPU since they are not a part of the pages, but are generated by your PC, which then imposes them.
- Refrain from clicking on the ads if you can. They sometimes lead to unsafe sites filled with potentially unwanted applications and outright viruses. Even just browsing them is dangerous, so if you find yourself being sent there by one of Ads by compareItApplication’s advertisements, immediately leave the page.
How To Avoid Ads by compareItApplication (And Other Malware)
The most famous way adware use to slither in systems is a duo of software methods. One is through what’s called a shell program. Basically when you are searching on the internet for some things – torrents or a crack for games most likely, maybe some MP3 files – there are programs that can track your search terms and rename itself accordingly. Many users do not realize what’s going on until it’s too late to do anything but remove the virus that latched onto their computers. Download anything only from websites that have been verified by your anti-virus program.
The second part of the duo is through real, free software, that is simply infected, because whoever created it received compensation for including adware in the bundle. The good thing with this is that there is always a sort of disclaimer at some point that you will be receiving advertisements. Here is an example:
Above you can clearly see the statement that tells you you will be receiving the business end of the stick. This probably happened with Ads by compareItApplication too. What these guys are relying on is that you will not be paying attention and you will just click next. And this is my point: always monitor each step of whatever you are installing.
How to Remove Ads by compareItApplication
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows 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 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Ads by compareItApplication has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by compareItApplication . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Ads by compareItApplication should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use. There are many browser hijakcers who do this, like, for example, Mysearch123.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by compareItApplication and anything else suspicious-looking. 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:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. 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. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
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.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by compareItApplication. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.