This page aims to help you remove Ads by Eridanus. These Ads by Eridanus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows.
If your PC is infected by Ads by Eridanus then you are likely to experience a large amount of unwanted advertisements displayed on your screen as well as a general slowdown and added delay to opening new pages. The Ads created by Ads by Eridanus are largely responsible for the delay, as they put an extra load on your CPU. It has to download the data for those Ads and then waste system resources to display them. This slowdown will get much worse if the displayed Ads are animated or have sound attached and also if you keep multiple tabs open. There is only one way to get rid of the Ads and that is to remove Ads by Eridanus from your system. Make sure to read the rest of the article though – it contains useful tips on how to minimize potential damage by Ads by Eridanus and how to avoid getting infected by a similar virus in the future.
Adware threats use a variety of methods to infect computers, but what is similar between all of them is that they target the human behind the device and try to make him install the virus himself. This way all anti-virus and anti-malware defenses are bypassed, because the User has the final authority. Of course people never willingly install a virus themselves, so Ads by Eridanus used deception. The virus came in the form of an executable file and under one of the following guises:
- As part of a software bundle – when you install software the installer may try to install more then the main program. Use Advanced installation to be able to see and control what exactly will get installed.
- Via an email attachment – don’t even open those unless you are absolutely certain they are not a virus
- Through an online Ad scam – much like the Ads generated by Ads by Eridanus Ads on dangerous sites will try to install different malware on your computer. Don’t trust them – only install programs manually downloaded by yourself from the main site
- Through a fake download link for a program update – again only install program updates you downloaded yourself from the official source
- Posing as a missing plug-in or codec you need to install in order to see online media – unless your computer has been freshly formatted you should never see these. More often then not it’s a scam
Why you should remove Ads by Eridanus.
Adware viruses like Ads by Eridanus rarely target your computer directly or use the help of Trojans and thus they are regarded as the least dangerous of the lot. This does not mean they should not be removed immediately. The more Ads by Eridanus remains on your computer the bigger a threat it becomes. Do not trust anything you see on the Ads, because the links will likely take you to dangerously infected internet sites. Do not install anything offered to you by Ads by Eridanus, as it will probably contain a malware of some sort. Remove Ads by Eridanus as soon as possible to minimize the risks.
|Name of Threat||Ads by Eridanus|
|Danger Level||Medium. There are more prominent dangers out there but you should not sleep on that one either.
|Symptoms||Pop-up Advertisements, Website redirects, Chrome and Firefox or any other browser that you might have installed starts acting strange.|
|Distribution Method||E-mail attachments, Infected torrent or web sharing files, Free software bundle Installations.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Eridanus 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 Eridanus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Remove Ads by Eridanus
The first thing to do 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:
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. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
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 pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Ads by Eridanus has likely infected all of your internet browsers and it will also try to install more applications of its kind when you try to remove it. It is attached as an Add-on, so in order to remove it you have to run Step 2 and Step 3 of this guide separately for each internet browser on your computer.
Be extra wary of any confirmation messages that Ads by Eridanus displays when you try to remove it. Clicking on either Yes or No is often a trap option that downloads other malware or sends you to an infected site for a survey. Make sure you read the text before clicking on anything and immediately close any site that tries to open or delete any file that downloads in this way. If you have downloaded something make sure to uninstall it immediately.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Eridanus . 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.
Remove Ads by Eridanus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Ads by Eridanus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove Ads by Eridanus from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
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 Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Eridanus and suspicious-looking programs. 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:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. 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 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.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so take your time and read and understand the instructions. Also make sure you double check any file before deleting it, because even a simple misclick could result is serious damage to your OS or other important programs. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you instead try to download the professional anti-malware tool we recommend. You can use it to remove Ads by Eridanus, but also to scan your computer for other active or latent viruses. Some of the nastiest specimen will not reveal themselves to you until the moment it is too late to do anything about them and a good scan is the only way to prevent this scenario.
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 Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “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/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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