Remove Ads by Max AdBlock From Chrome/Firefox

 

You have been infected by Ads by Max AdBlock? This article is designed for the removal of Ads by Max Adblock – a virus of the adware class.

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Since adware change versions sometimes, we need to constantly update our content. We are sincerely asking you to contact us immediately in the comments should the removal guide below not work for some reason. We will immediately try to assist you in the best way we can. The rest of this article is aimed at helping users learn how to avoid PC viruses in the future. We firmly believe that the following knowledge should help you avoid getting stuck with a threat like  Ads by Max Adblock ever again.

WARNING! First and foremost – remember that this is an adware. Adware are notorious for tricking users into installing more of their kind. This specimen here is by no means an exception to this rule. You will quickly find out that, apart from the pop up ads, you are getting messages about fake updates for Java, Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and even Windows itself.  Obviously you should never accept/allow these things to do anything at all. They will probably look like the real update would, but trust me – if it’s legitimate it won’t go away. Remove Ads by Max AdBlock and you’ll have time for updates later. An even more dangerous scam is when a virus impersonates an anti-virus program (no, seriously!). Possible entries here include Norton, Avira and Kaspersky among many others. This is especially dangerous, because most users go to what I call “autopilot” when their anti-virus program asks them for something – they always agree. In this case, don’t let the “anti-virus” renew its database or perform a system scan.

General Rule of The Thumb – Anything, and I do mean anything at all Ads by Max AdBlock tries to make you accept will lead to bad things. Just ignore everything and you should be fine for the time being.

You will also start getting redirected – a lot. That’s, of course, provided that you  click on the advertisements. These redirect are the most fearsome thing that could happen to you. Much of the time they are scheduled to start downloading a .exe file with a malware that will start a setup when it finishes – if this happens to you, immediately start the task manager and end the setup. Trying to exit from within the setup won’t work, and you will just be wasting time while the adware installs itself.

How Was I infected by Ads by Max AdBlock?

There are several widely known routes all adware take. In the order of their frequency, from least to most, they are:

  • Spam email
  • Phishing Websites
  • Fake Installers
  • Free software

The first two are pretty much self-explanatory. The last two are by far the most lucrative ones for the people who create programs like Ads by Max AdBlock. Fake programs are executable files named in such a way as to match popular search queries – think books, movies, that sort of stuff. Now imagine someone is trying to find the first Harry Potter novel online – he gets to the site where the virus resides. The virus is named like the book, the user downloads it, opens it and voila –  another Ads by Max AdBlock is trying to get in your system.

Free software are often bundled with malware. Their creators just monetize this way – they get paid to include adware with their programs. The good news is that often, you can spot the infected software by carefully monitor the setup steps. You should definitely see something like this if there is an infections:

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How to Remove Ads by Max AdBlock

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:

 Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.

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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:

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  Ads by Max AdBlock 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 Max AdBlock . 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 Max AdBlock  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.


chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users
:

 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 Max AdBlock 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 Max AdBlock. 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.

 

Was this guide helpful?

  • M

    I literally cantsee Max Adblock on “Uninstall Programs” and even any of the browers “extensions” page yet I seem to get the Max Adblock ads when searching things and even some pop ups when creating new tabs

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      If you don’t find them there, it’s OK. Move on with the steps. You can find them on some machines, and not on others. Try locating the infected programs in your programs/programs(x86) folders both. Also type msconfig in the windows search field, select the Startup tab in the new window that opens, and untick anything that has “unknown” as manufacturer. Leave a comment to tell me if this helps 🙂

       
      • astro

        thank you sooo much i tried looking everywhere to find a way to remove the add’s and for me this technic worked.

         
        • Stefan Sadakov

          You are welcome 🙂 I’m glad this helped you.

           
          • cherry

            this still didnt help me, im still getting these adds..please help!

             
          • Stefan Sadakov

            Type Msconfig in the windows search field, select Startup (fourth tab), and uncheck anything that has “unknown” as manufacturer. Leave a comment to tell me if this helped with removing Ads by Max Adblock

             
      • Bram

        Thanks this tip works.

         
  • kate

    It didn’t work. I’ve done the msconfig before and already unchecked the weird stuff. I now check my extensions every time I go online and there’s nothing amiss there. My last ditch effort will be the processes. Otherwise, I cannot find Ads by Max Adblock anywhere.

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      The part with the processes is the central point of the removal. Doing that shouldn’t be your last ditch effort, but rather where the main dish starts. Ask away if you have any questions about any of the processes nad tell me how it went after 🙂

       
      • kate

        I didn’t post this correctly. I tried to end the process of crcss (I think it was) and it said operation was denied.

         
        • Stefan Sadakov

          Did you read the guide correctly? I also said to not only end the processes, but to delete the associated files, and do so only if you are a 100% sure it is part of the virus, since doing this is dangerous. It sounds like you were trying to end a process that belongs to windows. If you are not entirely sure you’re doing things right, I can try to help you if screenshot your processes and leave me a link with a comment.

           
  • Kate

    I tried to end the process but it said operation was denied and wouldn’t let me. It was crcss or something like that.

     
  • Kevin

    I tried all the stuff you said! Followed all the steps but found nothing! I safe booted it. Then I went on Internet Explorer and searched for the extension and didnt see it there. Same thing with Chrome. Everything in the processes tab seems fine. And I have another problem. When i go to the control panel to delete programs that are suspicious i come across “gazelle”. I tried deleting it and it said there was a problem starting some program and that the specified module could not be found. I dont know what else to do.

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Hold the windows key + R. Type msconfig in the search bar. When you are transported to a new window, go to the Startup and Services tabs, and uncheck anything that has unknown as manufacturer. Try deleting gazelle, and tell me if it worked. Maybe that will help with removing Ads by Max Adblock

       
  • Ken

    I currently don’t have any anti-virus software on my cpu. Is there a software you can recommend?

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      Sorry for taking so long to respond. I want to be honest and tell you that we are advertising an anti-MALWARE (the caps lock is just for emphasis that they are different) product. An anti-VIRUS like Kaspersky/Norton/Avira are used to prevent infections, but they rarely have the newest threats in their database, and can do little to help you once the virus is inside. Anti-MALWARE programs on the other hand are basically removers. That’s it. Although I’m advertising a product it really is one of the – if not THE – fastest to be updated, so it can take care of viruses for you in a few clicks.
      If you are interested you can just check out our ads and you will download it. I wanted to be perfectly upfront with you 🙂 There are alternatives out there, and some are quite good, but this one should take care of your needs.
      If you are talking about traditional anti-virus programs, the three I mentioned are all famous for a reason – I believe they have trial versions, so you can try them out and judge for yourself 🙂