This guide is dedicated to helping users remove “Ads by Discount Freeze” from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
“Ads by Discount Freeze” is a virus of the Adware variety. This is a family of viruses that operates by harassing you with a large amounts of advertisements as you try to browse the web. We’ll be calling them Ads for short.
Ads can come in many forms. The most common variety are pages loading without you ordering them. This can occur whenever you start your browser or load another page or tab. Another common type of Ads are the well known pop-ups and banners that may routinely cover your screen and force you to close them in order to be able to work. A less known type of Ads is whenever certain words in your browser turn into hyperlinks leading to different sites.
Yes, the large quantity of Ads spawned by “Ads by Discount Freeze” quickly gets annoying and tiresome to deal with, but the real danger is usually hidden – behind the Ads. Often they will link to fake sites whose only purpose is to scam you of your money.
Ads are known to spread viruses as well!
Ads will often try to make you download and run different files on your computer. This can be offers for free software, maybe even anti-virus. There can be also different warnings for problems and potential solutions – like missing plug-ins, obsolete programs that need updates (Flash, Java), “spotted” viruses or registry errors on your computer. Do not trust anything that comes out of “Ads by Discount Freeze” or you might come to regret it later.
Remove “Ads by Discount Freeze”
“Ads by Discount Freeze” exists in different versions around the web and each may require a slightly different approach for its removal. This is done by the virus makers in order to make deletion of the virus as hard as possible. We believe we’ve covered every contingency with our guide, but this also means some steps might be redundant depending on your copy of the virus. If any of the following steps produce no results and you are certain you’ve done everything right feel free to simply move on to the next step.
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.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
“Ads by Discount Freeze” is more then capable of infecting all of the internet browsers installed on your computer – even those you don’t use regularly. You will have to run Steps 2&3 for every browser you have installed. If you are not using Internet Explorer we’d like to kindly remind you that it comes installed with every Windows version.
Also this is a good moment to consider if you have installed anything offered by “Ads by Discount Freeze”. If this is the case then as you look through these steps pay to attention to any suspicious extras you might have installed.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find “Ads by Discount Freeze” . 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.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
“Ads by Discount Freeze” should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
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 Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for “Ads by Discount Freeze” 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:
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:
If there is anything 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.
DO NOT PROCEED WITHOUT READING THIS!
What follows is both absolutely mandatory and difficuly. If is also dangerous, because if handled improperly this can damage your PC significantly. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional “Ads by Discount Freeze” remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful and never skip this step.
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—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.