This article is dedicated to helping users remove Ads by Huge Apps from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
If you are reading this article then it’s probably because your computer has been infected by Ads by Huge Apps and you believe it a virus and need it removed. Well, you got the right idea. Ads by Huge Apps is behaving exactly like an Adware virus program would.
It generates advertisements and will keep harassing you with them until you get rid of it. These Ads can be of many varieties, but most of the time they will be about something that interests you. That’s because Ads by Huge Apps is capable of reading your browsing history and cookies.
What triggers the Ads is you working with your internet browser. Whenever you start it, open a new page, tab or even click on a link new Ads will be created. These will usually take the form of banners or pop-up messages and they can be big enough to hinder your work and force you to close them. New windows pages filled with Ads may also spawn. Another, more rare variant of presenting Ads to you is through turning words into hyperlinks. These will also pop-up a picture as you hover the mouse over them.
Dangers associated with Ads by Huge Apps
The Ads won’t do anything bad to your computer, at least not directly because they can’t – they need your authorization for that. For this reason they will try to trick you into running the file. That file will usually come as some part of an offer for a free software download. Ads by Huge Apps might additionally create some fake messages warning you that there is some problem with your computer – missing plug-ins, codecs, viruses, errors with the registry and more. The goal is to panic and goad you into getting the offered file – which is the virus. Ads by Huge Apps is not a rootkit – it cannot download and install files on its own. That authorization must come from the human user, so the goal is to deceive you into giving it.
For as long as you have Ads by Huge Apps on your computer you should not trust any messages from your internet browser and especially never run any files you were prompted to install by an Ad.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Huge Apps 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 Huge Apps from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Ads by Huge Apps
Before we start there is a disclaimer to be made. There are multiple versions of Ads by Huge Apps in existence. They operate in the same way, but they require different operations to remove. We’ve written this article in a way to be able to remove all versions of the virus. Unfortunately this means that parts of this guide may not be relevant.
If at any step you do not get the expected outcome as shown by our pictures and you are certain you’ve done everything correctly up to the point then don’t give it a second thought and just move forward with the next steps.
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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
We’ll have to remove Ads by Huge Apps from all of your internet browsers, because the virus has been known to infect all installed browsers on a computer – even those you are not using. Run Step 2&3 for every browser you have installed. Please don’t forget that Internet Explorer comes with all versions of Windows.
You did not download and install anything offered by an Ad from Ads by Huge Apps, did you? Unfortunately if that is the case try to remember the name of the program you installed – look for it in this list. Clean it out while you are at it. You can search for a detailed guide once you are done with Ads by Huge Apps.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Huge Apps . 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Ads by Huge Apps should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Huge Apps 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:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. 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.
Go to STEP 5.
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.
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Next comes the most difficult and dangerous step of all and unfortunately it’s mandatory. Doing this wrong can damage your PC significantly , especially if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional anti-malware program to do it for you.
If you are still feeling comfortable remember that the biggest danger comes from deleting files associated with Windows. If any process seems suspicious to you look it up on the internet before deleting anything.
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.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “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 the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.