The removal instructions below should cover all you need to remove Ads by Megashop. Megashop is a type of virus that belongs to the Adware family. As such it will tirelessly keep filling your browser with unwanted ads until all the proper actions are taken for its removal. This article’s removal guide will handle the removal part, but we’ll also be discussing how this virus came into being inside your computer in the first place and what steps can you take to avoid getting infected with new viruses like Ads by Megashop.
Ads by Megashop – not only annoying, but potentially dangerous as well
The ads that Ads by Megashop keeps throwing can be very frustrating to deal with, but are not inherently dangerous to your computer. The real threat comes from the hyperlinks and file hiding behind those ads. First, you should realize that the deals and offers you see don’t exist for real – the are made up by the virus and rendered on your hardware. If your computer has been performing poorly as of late then Ads by Megashop might be the problem. The hyperlinks hiding under the ads lead to sites which are often not even remotely connected to what your were promised by the ad.
Further, in addition to the ordinary ads you may be seeing a host of other messages, warnings and pop-ups – things like:
- A program is outdated and needs an update downloaded, because it poses a risk
- A missing plug-in is required before you can view this
- Some kind of video player has to be installed before you can see this video
- Download this free anti-virus or PC fixer utility and scan your computer for viruses/errors
WARNING! All of the above are fraudulent and the files they download will either be viruses or fake copies of legitimate software. It is never a good idea to download executable files from random unknown sources. If you think you really need some update or program installed then ALWAYS look up the software developer behind that program and download it from the official site. In fact – this is one of the main ways used by viruses to duplicate around the internet. Outside of Ads by Megashop you might see similar messages in different sites. If you see them then it’s safe to assume that the site hosting them is unsafe and you should consider closing it immediately.
One more nasty tricks commonly employed by Adware like Ads by Megashop
The first one is associated with fake hosting/torrent sites. When downloading anything from these sites you’ll be provided with several download buttons and only one (if there is even one) will get you what you want. All the others will land you with a file, which contains a virus. Pay attention to the file extensions! The infected files will always come with the .exe extension as opposed to the real extension of the file you want. One again – never install .exe files that have not been downloaded from the official source.
How to Remove Ads by Megashop
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 Megashop 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 Megashop . 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 Megashop 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 Megashop 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 Megashop. 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.