Remove “Ads by HappySale”

Do you have problems with “Ads by HappySale” pop ups? We have prepared a specific guide how to remove Ads by HappySale with simple and easy to follow steps.

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Ads by HappySale Virus

Ads by HappySale is a type of virus categorized to the Adware family. It is characterized by the large amounts of unwanted Ads that is will create each time you start your browser. Adware viruses are generally considered to be the least dangerous of all viruses, because the Ads they generate do not cause any harm to your computer. However, that is not to say they are harmless as they serve as a back door for other, more potent threats. Fortunately this can only happen if you interact with the Ads, so as long as you simply close or ignore them your PC will be OK.

What are the dangers that lurk behind those shiny ads

First and foremost you should realize that all content of Ads generated by Ads by HappySale is fraudulent. The sites to which the hyperlinks will take you are not actually reseller sites – they are copy-cats. They might even look exactly like the real sites, or the domain name might be almost the say. Ultimately though – they are fake.

Throwing money at these fake sites and their offers would be foolish. You’ll never get what you paid for simply because they don’t have it. Instead you will either get nothing or worse – a cracked worthless copy or a virus infected installer.

Sometimes Ads might try to fool you in other ways

Not all Ads are about best offers, great discounts or free downloads. There are some that are of a much trickier sort. What they do is they first tell you there is some kind of problem with your computer – the worse sounding the better. The goal is to rush you into a sense of urgency or even panic in order to neuter your rationality. You will then be offered to download and install a solution – which will be nothing else but virus and potentially a very dangerous one. We’ve listed several examples of this scheme below, but this list is far from complete.

  1. Some kind of banner or new page will pop-up and it will be riddled with errors. They will tell you that a missing plug-in has to be installed.
  2. A variant of the above, but this time it will be pop-ups that cover every media player or picture on all sites opened. This is especially dangerous as it’s easy to confuse with a real problem.
  3. A warning from a free online scanner – it will claim that several viruses have been discovered on your PC and you have to download and install it before it can delete them.
  4. A pop-up might spring out of some fake program icon of popular and well-known program like Flash or Java. It will say you need to update the program immediately, because it has become outdated.

Note that these tricks are not exclusive to Ads by HappySale. You might see them in many sites, but their goal is always the same. Watch out!

How to Remove Ads by HappySale

STEP 1:

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.

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Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required

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Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

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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.

STEP 2:

  Ads by HappySale has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Ads by HappySale . Disable it.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

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Ads by HappySale  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.


chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users
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 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

 

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In  Extensions,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon   again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

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safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

STEP 3:

(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Hold windows-buttonand R together. Write appwiz.cpl  in the new field, then click OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by HappySale 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 Uninstallchoose NO:

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STEP 4:

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.

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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.

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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.

STEP 5:

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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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STEP 6 – Optimization

And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by HappySale. 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.

 

 

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