Did you find yourself infected by Ads by ExtraLargeApp? We can show you how to remove Ads by ExtraLargeApp with our free removal instructions.
Ads by ExtraLargeApp is an Adware virus – these are programs that generate large amounts of unwanted spam messages – advertisements – while you work with your browser. It is characterized by opening new pages full of Ads whenever you open your browser, load a page or new tab. It can also affect different words in any text you read turning them into hyperlinks with pop-up Ad bubbles whenever you hover your mouse over them. Sometimes in might even temper with your search engine or install parasitic toolbars.
What you should and should not do until the virus is removed
First of all it’s important to realize that the Ads from Ads by ExtraLargeApp are not dangerous by themselves. The danger comes when you believe what they offer you and try to interact with them in any way.
Any site they lead to can be legitimate, but there is also a very big chance that it’s actually a fake designed to rob your online wallet. Making the destination between real and fake can also be pretty hard. Fake sites often clone the appearance of sites they try to copy – an effort to look legitimate. They will also use very similar URLs to the real site to look more convincing. Thus we generally recommend you stay away from the Ads, because they may lead you to something you would later have to remove manually.
Another danger are files that Ads by ExtraLargeApp offers to download for you. Those are almost always infected with some kind of virus. Adware viruses like Ads by ExtraLargeApp are known to spear other, more dangerous viruses like Trojans and Ransomware. Free program downloads, coupons or other similar offers are often used as bait for this.
Different viruses – same methods
There are a lot of viruses in existence and some of them can be extremely dangerous. However, there is one thing most of them share – the tricks they use to infect your computer. Writing viruses that target system vulnerabilities is hard and unproductive work, as one the anti-virus companies release a fix the virus is dead. It is much easier to camouflage the virus as something else and use the all-powerful human authorization in order to bypass you computer’s defenses. If you learn to recognize the camouflage in time then you can prevent future threats from getting inside.
Some tricks include hiding in the installers of other programs – in the form of bundled software. Another popular method is through infected files from torrent and storage sites. These sites will offer you multiple download buttons and all but one of them will open a download window with a file that has the same name as the file you searched for, but different file extension – .exe. Such a file will be a virus and you will have to remove it like Ads by ExtraLargeApp . There are also more classic schemes such as emails containing virus files, but only very experienced people fall for those.
Remove Ads by ExtraLargeApp
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 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 ExtraLargeApp 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 ExtraLargeApp . 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 ExtraLargeApp 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, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by ExtraLargeApp 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. However, we should warn you – doing this can be extremely risky, so the best course is to seek assistance from us.
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 ExtraLargeApp. 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.