Remove Ads by Daugava Virus From Chrome/Firefox

This article is concerned with a virus – it is designed to remove Ads by Daugava from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer Safari, and your computer. Should the removal guide not work for some reason, immediately contact us in the comments section below and we will provide the best assistance we can.

Remove Ads by Daugava

Dear reader, if you are looking through this article then it’s likely that your computer has been infected by Ads by Daugava and you have correctly recognized this as a virus and you want it removed. Ads by Daugava is a piece of software that is indeed behaving exactly like an Adware virus would. It’s creating a lot of advertisements and happily throwing them in your face at every opportunity.

The common trigger for spawning the Ads is you clicking on your browser, starting it or opening a new page/tab. The Ads can be of every variety, but will most commonly advertise products that you may like – as judged by your browsing history and installed cookies. The Ads will come in different shapes and forms – be it banners, pop-ups or entire new pages filled with Ads to the brim. Sometimes even random words may transform into Ads – becoming hyperlinks to online shops and showing a picture when hovered over.

Ads spawned by Ads by Daugava – are they dangerous?

The answer to this question largely depends on how you deal with the Ads. As long as you simply ignore and/or close them at every opportunity you are safe from further harm. However if you try to explore what they can offer you then you are putting your computer AND your wallet at a serious risk.

First of all the sites you may be taken to are often frauds. They look real and they offer great discounts, but that’s because they are not actually selling you anything. If you make the mistake of paying they’ll just pocket your money and give you nothing – if you are lucky. If you are not then you’ll receive a virus infected program to install.

The fake sell sites are not the only thing that will offer you are virus. Ads by Daugava is perfectly capable of doing that on it’s own. The Ads can offer you all kinds of software downloads from free – video players, codecs, missing plug-ins, anti-virus programs, PC optimizers and more. All of this will be a virus infested file or an elaborate scam, which will in the end require you to buy the full version before it can work.


1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Daugava 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 Daugava from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

Remove Ads by Daugava

Ads by Daugava could potentially have multiple versions – in fact many other viruses similar to it do have their own. This is as part of an effort to make removing the virus as hard as possible – as each version may require different approach. We’ve included all possible operations in this article, but some of them might not be necessary.

Carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.


Our first step here 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 Users:

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. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

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


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

Proceed to Step 2.


Next we’ll have to clean Ads by Daugava from all of your internet browsers – even those that are installed on your computer, but you no longer regularly use. Ads by Daugava is capable of copying itself, so make sure you run Step 2&3 for each browser separately.

While you are at it try to remember if you installed any program prompted by Ads by Daugava If that’s the case be on the lookout for other suspicious Add-ons and extensions. Feel free to remove them now along Ads by Daugava You can look for a detailed guide once we are done.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Ads by Daugava . Remove it by pressing Disable.

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-onsHit Extensions next.

Remove Ads by Daugava From Firefox

Ads by Daugava  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

Remove Ads by Daugava From Chrome

 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.

safari For Safari Users:

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 all browsers.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.


(Works for XP, 7,  8,  8.1)

Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Daugava 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:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. 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:

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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.


These following steps can be risky, because they require manipulating the process manager and deleting files. Doing this wrong can damage your computer significantly, especially if you screw up big time. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a proven anti-malware program to avoid the risks.

If you are feeling brave remember to google each process before stopping them or deleting files. If you mess with an important process the result can be data corruption, crashes, failure to boot.


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 new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “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 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 7 – Optimization

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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.