Are you receiving Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus? We have prepared a free guide on how to remove Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus from your system completely.
Today’s article is on the Adware virus known as Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus. If you are reading this paragraph you probably have already decided you want this thing removed and you are looking for help to do that. Our Removal Guide found at the bottom of the article will explain everything you need to know in detail, but don’t rush there just yet. The aim of the whole article is to teach you a few basic details about viruses in general and Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus in particular. Knowing how these thing work and particularly what tricks they used to get inside your computer can prove valuable in the future. After all the truly original viruses in existence are not that many – if you know the basic things about a common virus like Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus you can successfully defend you computer against a whole bunch of its buddies.
Adware – not as dangerous, put can still bite you in unprepared
Specialists list Adwares like Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus as the least dangerous type of family. This is largely correct, if we are talking about the direct impact the virus has on your computer. Symptoms of having an Adware virus vary and you are likely already familiar with some of them “thanks” to Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus.
- A page/tab full of Ads is generated every time you open your browser or load a new page
- Words in texts you read are randomly “enhanced” with hyperlinks, another form of Ads
- Random toolbars are getting installed without your permission, your default search engine is changed
- Banners and pop-ups randomly appear to deliver warning messages about potential problems with your computer and you are offered to download a free program to repair them.
- You are also likely to experience slowdowns as your CPU has to load the Ads every time you open a page. The Ads might also generate bandwidth and cause pages to open slower if your internet is not that fast.
So as long as you have Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus on your computer you may be experiencing any number of things from the list above, but those will cause no serious damage.
Do not trust Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus, never click on the Ads
The real danger comes if you try to interact with the Ads. There is absolutely no guarantee if the hyperlinks behind the Ads will deliver you to a legitimate seller site, or a copy-cat site that imitates a real one. If you land on a fake all money paid will be burned.
Any file downloaded and installed poses an even more prominent danger. Anything offered by Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus is likely to be infected with a virus or at least merely try to scam you into buying a program that doesn’t work.
For both of this reasons we advise you to proceed with the removal guide below. In the off chance that something in the Ads caught your attention remember that you can always do a manual google search and get the thing you want from the official site of the developer – 100% virus free.
Remove Ads by Max AdBlocker Plus
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:
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.
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 AdBlocker Plus 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 AdBlocker Plus . 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 AdBlocker Plus 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 AdBlocker Plus 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 AdBlocker Plus. 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.