Ads by Information Vent Overview
WARNING! If you are reading this particular guide, you should be aware that you’ve been infiltrated by a virus. What you probably don’t know though, is that its type is adware, and the reason I am taking up your time to tell you this is that adware are famous for trying to pull tricks on users. If they succeed you’ll end up with more of Ads by Information Vent’s buddy viruses. So, since we assume you do not want that, we decided to list the most prominent manipulations you may encounter, and in doing so, ensure that you are properly educated and ready.
The really big problem is that if you get tricked, maybe adware will be the least of your worries. We’ve had reports that sometimes Ads by Information Vent can infect you with at least one more type – a ransomware. This is the most dangerous class on the web. It uses a sophisticated method to encrypt (lock) your files and starts a countdown during which you need to pay to receive the “key” for your files, or if you fail to do it in the allotted time, the key is destroyed.. The ransom is usually in the range of hundreds of dollars. Here is the list of the most common ways Ads by Information Vent will ask for permission. This is the key thing here. Remember to ignore absolutely any of these things, because the virus needs permission to do almost anything:
Whenever you click on the hyperlinks there’s a positive chance you’ll end up redirected to other websites. These websites are completely filled with malware, and, as far as we’ve uncovered, are sometimes scheduled to begin a download 10-30 seconds after the pages load. If the download finishes, an installer will immediately start running. Should things go that far, we want you to start the Task Manager and end the setup’s process. Clicking exit and cancel will likely result in zero. Adware are like that.
The most straightforward scheme sees the virus impersonate windows updates, anti-virus scanners, Java, Flash Player, Acrobat reader… The list goes on and on. What’s vital is to understand that these fake updates are very convincing. However don’t you think the safer bet would be to just remove Ads by Information Vent first? After all, whatever’s real will remain. But if you make the wrong decision, you’re staring at potentially a lot more adware. These things naturally come bundled, so if something is installed, 2-3 others come in as well.
There is one more thing that is very important for you to know: adware collect and share with their masters borwser history, account names and passwords. We recommend that you change all of your passwords after you delete Ads by Information Vent. The information is usually shared about a week after the infections spreads so the majority of users will be fine, but there’s a huge risk involved, especially if some of your accounts use credit cards.
How to Remove Ads by Information Vent
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:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
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 Information Vent 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 Information Vent . 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 Information Vent 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 Information Vent 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 after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
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 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by Information Vent. 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.