Were you infected by Ads by DiscountRatio ? To remove Ads by DiscountRatio you need to only follow the guide below to the letter without skipping any steps. It is tried and tested.
Ads by DiscountRatio is a type of Adware virus and it operates in a way typical to that family of viruses. Whenever you start a browser page you will receive a large dose of unwanted Ads. Specialist consider Adware to be the least dangerous virus type and that’s mostly true – at least as long as you abstain from clicking on the ads. Ignoring them can get incredibly annoying over time, but this is not the only reason why you want to remove this virus asap. Interacting with the Ads will put your computer into a real danger, as the Ads are often the back door for other more sinister viruses.
Listing some of the dangers about interacting with the Ads
First of all you have to realize that all offers you might see on the Ads are a fraud. This is characteristic to all Adware viruses and Ads by DiscountRatio is no exception to the general rule. Viruses like this will try every trick in the book to appear to be selling real products. The sites they link to might even look like the legitimate seller of the stuff. Site design and UI are ripped of and you might even see a very similar URL, that has but one or two different characters in difference. Spotting such a difference is very hard unless you are actively searching for it.
Buying anything from these Ads would be a foolish act as none of the things offered by Ads by DiscountRatio are real. You’ll either end up with a program that will ultimately not work. It might have the gall to ask for more money before functioning though. Alternatively you’ll end up with an infected installer, which if run will land another virus on your computer with new schemes to rob you.
Some Ads might be camouflaged as system messages
Years of TV commercials and billboard exposure has rendered most of us fairly resistant to offers from Ads. Because of this virus developers have started to explore additional methods to fool us with their tricks. The following scam revolves around messages that appear to be generated by your system. Generally at first you’ll get some kind of warning or error. It will claim some kind of problem with your computer – possibly a missing plug-in, required update or issues found. The aim is to create a sense of unease, urgency or even panic in you. You are then offered a solution to this non-existing problem – a file containing a virus. Most often this is some program that does absolutely nothing, but it will promise to “fix” the issue if you pay a sum of money to “activate” it. REMEMBER! This trick is not exclusive to Ads by DiscountRatio . This is a very popular trick and it will be utilized by many Adware viruses or infected sites. Pay attention!
Remove Ads by DiscountRatio
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:
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 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 DiscountRatio 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 DiscountRatio . 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 DiscountRatio 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.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by DiscountRatio 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, 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.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by DiscountRatio . 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.