Remove “Ads by Cut The Price” Virus

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Do you see“Ads by Cut The Price” pop ups? We have devised detailed Ads by Cut The Price removal instructions that can deal with the malware, created to work with all versions of Windows.

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If you have a malware named Ads by Cut The Price installed on your computer then you are also seeing a large amount of unwanted Ads every time you start your internet browser or open a new page. We know it’s frustrating and if you are reading our article then it’s likely that you want them removed. Our removal guide will help you with that task, but the rest of this article is just as important. We’ll discuss how these Ads by Cut The Price works and also the methods it might have used to get in. Knowing these things it should be much easier for you to spot and deny access to any adware in the future, as these viruses generally follow the same modus operandi.

Additional effects that can be felt by this malware include:

  • Severe issues of freezing and lagging while performing even perfectly mundane tasks.
  • Occasional sound glitches while playing movies or music, resulting from the slowing down of the CPU. The CPU itself is slowed down because of the malware’s activities: your PC has to generate the ads, so it practically makes all the heavy lifting.

Nothing good will ever come from clicking on the Ads

Closing (or just ignoring) the Ads quickly becomes tedious, but as long as you do nothing more then that you will minimize further damage. Clicking on the ads or worst-case scenario installing anything offered by them can quickly and in catastrophic results.

REMEMBER that all Ads are fraudulent. No matter how convincing they look, how tempting their offers are, everything is fake. Virus makers will use every trick in the book to have them look real. Sometimes the Ads will even lead to sites which look exactly the same as the real seller of an item, but is actually a copy. It’s possible that even the internet domain name is nearly the same – perhaps with a hidden symbol or number that can be noticed only if one watches carefully for it. Any money you spend will be thrown away, any file downloaded a virus. Never trust Ads by Cut The Price or its other malware buddies!

Ads can take many shapes in their effort to trick you into believing them

Years of TV commercials have left many of us fairly resistant to advertisement. For this reason virus makers use other tricks. Usually you will get some sort of warning message about an existing problem with your computer, followed by a “free” solution for it – a file that contains a virus. The idea is to create a feeling of emergency to reduce our ability to think rationally. Below is a short and non-exhaustive list of items you might see as part of this scheme:

  • A banner informing you that a missing plug-in is required, otherwise your computer might not show videos or other media. There is a rare and very obnoxious version of this that will create pop-ups over all media player windows, rendering them nonoperational and creating the illusion that there really is a problem.
  • A warning that an online scanner has detected a large number of viruses on your computer. You are advised to download and run it so it can clean them.
  • A pop-up that says that one of your programs is outdated and has to be updated.

Remember that these are not exclusive to Ads by Cut The Price. Whenever you see similar messages beware!

 

How to Remove Ads by Cut The Price

STEP 1:

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.

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Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required

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Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

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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.

STEP 2:

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  Ads by Cut The Price has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Ads by Cut The Price . Disable it.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

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Ads by Cut The Price  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Next, type about:config on the web page address bar. A message will tell you that you need to be careful. Agree and say OK. Directly below the address bar, there is a search bar. Type in it the malware’s name. Any entries that Mozilla finds with the malware need to be reset to their defaults by right clicking and choosing the Reset option.

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chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users
:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

 

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In  Extensions,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon   again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

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safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

STEP 3:

(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Hold windows-buttonand R together. Write appwiz.cpl  in the new field, then click OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Cut The Price 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 Uninstallchoose NO:

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STEP 4:

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.

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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, the reason is that you missed something here.

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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:

We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:

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. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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STEP 6 – Optimization

And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by Cut The Price. 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.

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  • daniel

    The uninstall failed because the system doesn’t find the append.dll
    Any sugestion?
    Many thanks!

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Proceed with the steps after, and try to determine which of your processes is a virus. If the uninstallation doesn’t work, it just means you’ll have to find the files yourself. I can help you with that if you can upload an link a screenshot of your task manager processes. 🙂

       
  • guy

    What if i already pressed yes on their trick and i cant see it in control panel anymore to press no now

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      If you pressed yes in the control panel, other viruses will be installed on your PC. That’s why you should press “no.” It basically asks if you want to install another similar program. You should just start from the beginning and meticulously search for all viruses. Pressing yes just complicated things for you, but it’s not very serious. Tell me how things go later. 🙂 I hope you manage to remove the virus

       
      • Ananda

        i have the same problem and tried everything to step one to step 6! can you please help me?

         
        • Stefan Sadakov

          No problem. Let’s try this now.
          For FireFirefox:
          Click the Menu button on the top right —–> Help —–>Troubleshooting Information —–> Reset Firefox. Finalize everything by hitting Reset Firefox again.
          For Chrome:
          Click on the Menu button at the top right —–> Settings —–> Show Advanced Settings —–> Reset Settings —–> Reset
          Tell me if you are experiencing any further problems.

           
  • Kofy

    I removed it from internet explorer by clicking details on the malware and copying the number between the brackets, tho it is still in my google chrome… what to do? 🙁 help please

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Did you follow all of the other steps? If so, you mast have missed something in the task manager processes that is a virus. Also, check your Program FIles (both program files and program files (x86) for any suspicious programs, and outright delete them. You can also type Msconfig in the Windows search field and go in the startup processes – stop anything that is tagged as having an “unknown” manufacturer. If none of these things help, contact me again. 🙂

       
  • Sonia

    Hi! I did everything on the video and it worked for IE and Firefox, yet i still have the virus on Chrome. I proceeded to the task manager and I did find some suspicious things. I googled them all but I couldn’t still be sure if they were viruses, so I was really hoping you could help me out.
    The suspicious stuff are: service_kms and unsecapp.exe (I have two of these, but I opened the location of both and it ended up both to the same file).
    Really hope you can help me please!

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Just mark these processes for now, and move on with the steps. Service_kms has been detected as a virus by some anti-virus programs but unsecapp.exe should be safe. Since they both lead to the same file, I’m somewhat at a loss for now 🙂 I’m going to look deeper and do some research on these two processes. I recommend that you move on and try to delete any registries related to the virus. If this doesn’t work, copy the file these two processes lead to to your desktop, then delete it from the folder. If something doesn’t seem right, like your internet stopped or something, just copy the file back to the folder. Leave a comment later to say if you were successful. Good luck! 🙂

       
      • Sonia

        Thanks! I already tried to delete the registries. I deleted almost all but one file could not be deleted. I’ll try to do what you said 🙂
        By the way, I think I didn’t explain right: service_kms and unsecapp.exe lead to different things, but I have in the task manager two unsecapp.exe’s that lead to the same file and I didn’t know if it was normal.. Cheers 🙂

         
        • Stefan Sadakov

          By all accounts unsecapp.exe is perfectly safe. Don’t touch it. Try to do with service_kms what I said earlier – copy the file somewhere, then delete it from the folder where the process leads to. See if that helps your program with Chrome. If something totally screws up, copy back the file to the folder and I’ll give you a different solution. Hope this helps.

           
          • Sonia

            Already did it and nothing happened, removing service_kms was safe but also didn’t solve my problem :/
            As the problem was now only on Chrome I unnistalled it and tried to install it again but I can’t. Hopefully using now IE or Firefox I won’t have more problems with Ads by cut the price, but if I do I’ll say something 🙂 Thanks so much for everything 🙂

             
          • Stefan Sadakov

            No problem, but I don’t want to give up yet! I’m interested why this doesn’t help you. Maybe a new version of Ads by Cut The Price came out, and there’s something new in how it works. Try resetting your Chrome settings clicking on the Menu button at the top right —–> Settings —–> Advanced Settings (near the bottom) –> Reset Settings. Click Reset on the pop-up to confirm. Tell me if this helped. 🙂

             
          • Sonia

            Removing service_kms was safe but didn’t solve my problem either :/
            As the problem was only on Chrome now, I uninstalled and tried to install it again but I couldn’t. It kept showing an error message that the install couldn’t be completed, I don’t now why.
            Anyway, I’ll use IE and Firefox for now and if I ever have more problems with the ads, I’ll say something. Thanks so much for your help! 🙂

             
  • Javi

    it wont let me disable it on internet explorer

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Continue with the steps. Further down we there is a point where you remove Ads by Cut The Price from the registries – do that and try again to remove it from the extentions. Tell me if you have any further troubles. 🙂

       
  • Johnny

    i have tried this so many times already but when i come back some how its still in my extensions plz help me

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Did you finish all of the steps? If yes, can you provide me with a link to a screenshot of your Task Manager Processes. I’ll try to help you myself.

       
  • Chedou

    Hi! I did everything on the article, but it only worked on Firefox and IE. Hope you can really help me because I usually used Google Chrome.

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Try the following – type in Msconfig in the Windows search field, hit enter. Once there go under the Startup boot tab, and look for anything that has unknown as manufacturer, uncheck such entries if there are some of them. Tell me how it goes. If this doesn’t work, I’ll try to help you remove Ads by Cut The Price in another way 🙂

       
  • BoB

    I know this is old but worked for me Uninstalled my google crome got spy bot search and destroy free version scanned cleaned and reinstalled google crom had no problems

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      This may or may not work depending on which version of the virus we are talking about – remember, these things change. Ads by Cut The Price has gone through several different iterations up until now. Spy bot isn’t updates as fast as the changes to the virus occur. If you use something, I recommend SpyHunter, it’s probably the fastest to update.

       
  • BoB

    That’s the thing I did and it was Compromised not even picking it up. I just did the spy bot thing and worked for me. I have had spy hunter for about 6 months.

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Well, I’m glad everything worked out for you 🙂 I’d still recommend SpyHunter to anyone, but it’s definitely some food for thought to see that nothing is perfect. Thanks for the comment 🙂

       
  • Karen

    Can you recommend a virus protection that would prevent this in the future?

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Honestly, here’s how it works with these things:
      You have anti-virus and anti-malware programs. The first kind – Kaspersky, Avira, Norton, and so on – do well with prevention of viruses. But if it’s not in their database, they can’t even locate it, and anti-virus programs are slower to respond to the overall scene, meaning their updates are kind of lagging behind.
      The second kind, anti-malware, that’s Malwarebytes, Spyhunter, and so on, they can’t really properly prevent the infection, but they are pretty good at removing it and finding it. look at them as tools for removal, basically. They are updated a lot faster. But people make them at the end of the day, and maybe someone finds the virus, it’s included in the remover, etc. But maybe they don’t.
      I’d still recommend SpyHunter. Even if it didn’t help in Bob’s case, remember, these things have different versions, so maybe it’ll help in yours, and it’s the most frequently updated remover. That’s my two cents. I hope it helps you 🙂

      EDIT: SpyHunter has a free scanner – if nothing else, you can use it to locate files related to the virus, I guess.

       
  • Hein

    Hello i followed the step i cant determin the virus file in my task bar and it keeps on coming up in my extension in chrome

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Look for the processes that have no description – excluding atieclxx, csrss and winlogon, these are safe – and ask me here if there are any other such processes and you’re not sure about them. I just removed Cut The Price from another PC using this guide, so you are definitely missing something. Just ask me here if you have any troubles.

       
  • jamie hewitt

    I have found the problem ads in manage add-ons but when I highlight them it won’t let me click disable it
    Please help me this is driving me mad

     
  • Vincent

    I can’t disable it in internet explorer but disabled it in firefox it is completed removed from pc beside in IE. Also any idea on how to get rid of ads by storm warnings? Thanks

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Continue with the steps and pay special attention to the regedit part – find the Internet Explorer Folder and search for Cut The pRice or anything else suspicious looking there.
      Does storm warnings show up in your browser extensions or is it “invisible”? Also which browsers does it show up on?

       
  • John

    I’m on Win 10. I went through the directions and rebooted – no luck, still showing up as an enabled extension in Chrome. I enabled developer mode in Chrome and can see the location it is loaded from under Program Files. Should I delete that folder? Also, According to the time stamp on the files in that folder, it was created on July 21 – but I don’t see any programs that were installed on that date in Programs and Features. Any help would be appreciated!

     
    • John

      Clarification: It is being loaded from a folder in ProgramData, not Program Files