You realized you were infected by Ads by DiscountFreeze? We can show you how to remove Ads by DiscountFreeze from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari!
Dear reader, you have found Ads by DiscountFreeze. This is malicious software of the adware kind. It is the type of virus mostly considered nearly harmless and just a step above a PUP, short for a potentially unwanted program. That is true in most cases but there are dangers abound, we will discuss them more in the sections to follow. As you no doubt have discovered already you are sure to deal with lots of advertisements in the form of pop-up windows. They are annoying, fake and fraudulent. Make no mistake about that, the ads are a complete bogus. You will be hard pressed to interact with the advertisements by clicking on the pop-ups. Do not make that mistake, it’s just a way for the virus to gain more access to your system invite more of its family and friends to the party.
How did my computer get infected with Ads by DiscountFreeze?
There are different ways for you to contract this malware. By far the most common way though is through a bundle with another program that you have recently installed. Most often it would be a freeware program that you have no reason to suspect in any wrong doing. Now you must understand this – the “free” program is probably legit and you do not need to remove it. Problem is very often for the developers of such “free” programs to get some kind of return of investment they allow a third party to include an additional program as an optional content during the installation of the “free” program. The only way for you to prevent this from happening is to carefully review before you install anything. Once installed though your only option is to completely remove it.
Remove Ads by DiscountFreeze
Now you are almost set to begin the removal process. Bear with us for a minute though, this is important! The creators of this virus seem to keep an eye out for removal guides, blogs etc. As they do not want their creation to be easy to get rid of the change some things and we know for a fact that there are different versions of Ads by DiscountFreeze. Our removal guide should work with all versions granted you make some little tweaks along the way, yet if so it happens that you still can’t remove the pest from your system there is always a solution – a professional Ads by DiscountFreeze remover.
A quick tip – some users can “see” the virus while in safe mode while others can’t, if you are in the latter category just revert to standard Windows mode.
Be sure to carefully read through and think about each step of the process before you commit to it. If you encounter something that we are describing and you don’t recognize it, just skip it. Feel free to leave us a comment – let us know if our guide worked for you (as it should) or if you have any questions about it.
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.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by DiscountFreeze . 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 DiscountFreeze 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.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: Below, 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, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by DiscountFreeze 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 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.
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, the reason is that you missed something here. However, we should warn you – doing this can be extremely risky, so the best course is to seek assistance from us.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is extremely important. The next few steps will be the most crucial to successfully removing the virus. It’s imperative that you perform them correctly though, as there might be severe and irreparable damage done to your device if you mess something along the way. If you have any doubts or you do not feel comfortable risking your whole device we suggest using a professional Ads by DiscountFreeze remover.
Take notice that unfortunately this virus has been documented to be able to access and store your account names and passwords to a file that is later to be send to the virus creators. It is plainly obvious that this can be extremely dangerous and damaging to your personal and professional security especially if you use any form of online payment methods.
You need to remove the virus and then change your passwords. Make sure you remove it completely though, or else it will all have been for nothing!
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. 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 6 – 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.