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.
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:
How to Remove Ads by Max AdBlock
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 Max AdBlock 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 Max AdBlock . 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 Max AdBlock 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 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 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, 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.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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.