Your computer has been infected by “Ads by GetPrivate” Virus? This page includes Ads by GetPrivate Virus removal instructions.
The only way to remedy your situation is to remove the virus in full – if any files remained then it can regenerate and keep bothering you. Our removal guide will give you all the necessary information to do that, but don’t rush to it just yet. Learning how these things work is of equal or even greater importance. Most Adwares use similar tricks to infiltrate computers – knowing these will go a long way towards keeping your computer save from new viruses.
Ads by GetPrivate Virus – and other Adwares – don’t trust the ads!
Adware is considered to be the least dangerous family of viruses – that is because the Ads themselves are harmless. This changes dramatically if you try to interact with them, though.
REMEMBER! All Ads contain some sort of fraud. At the very least you’ll just waste your time by looking for what they offer because just nothing is real. Purchasing anything would not be a smart thing, because all they sell is fake. You’ll either end up with nothing, a file that contains a virus or a cracked and useless copy of an actual program.
Thus the best thing you can do is just ignore them until Ads by GetPrivate Virus is gone.
Ads can take many shapes in their effort to deceive you.
Many people will instinctively distrust the Ads when they see them, but feel uneasy when they have to deal with things relating to how their computer works. Makers of Adware like Ads by GetPrivate Virus exploit this fact – and Ads will sometime try to pose as system messages. Some examples include (but are not limited to):
- A pop-up or a banner with error messages informing you that you need to install a missing plug-in, codec or video player before you can view whatever is displayed there.
- That some of your programs (Flash, Adobe, Java are all popular picks) are outdated and pose a security vulnerability. The Adware conveniently offers you to download the update that is “needed”.
- Your computer has critical issues (related to registry perhaps), but you can fix these issues if you download a free utility.
- A free scanner has found a number of viruses, download the scanned to remove them.
The pattern should be obvious – at all times you are requested to download and install a file – which is obviously a virus. NEVER download and install anything coming out of Ads by GetPrivate Virus or from any other random Ad from any site. If you really want the item offered you should search for the program on the internet yourself and grab it from the official site. This is the only way you can be certain to receive a virus free installer.
How to Remove Ads by GetPrivate Virus
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 GetPrivate Virus 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 GetPrivate Virus . 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 GetPrivate Virus 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 GetPrivate Virus 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:
STEP 4 (UPDATED!):
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. Some possible processes and files associated with the virus, but you may or may not encounter them at all (viruses have different versions):
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.
Possible virus folders in your Program Files and Program Data Folders:
- Registry Reviver
STEP 5 (UPDATED!):
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
- HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallRegistry Reviver
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by GetPrivate Virus. 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.