Are you infected by Ads by RateItApp? This removal guide is designed to help you remove Ads by RateItApp from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Ads by RateItApp has been included to the databases of several anti-virus and anti-malware programs and has been classified as an adware virus. This type of malicious software is widely known for the numerous ways into which it will try to deceive the infected user into interacting with the advertisements (thus the “ad” in the name). Any such interaction would lead to potentially bigger and more treacherous virus types being let into your computer. Obviously you should do your best NOT to click on the ads, but if so it happens that you do – do not despair but try to act quickly and remove and the danger before it causes significant damage to your system.
Who creates Adware and why?
Most often the creation of adware is a direct result of marketing efforts connected to the launch of a new website. Or if a struggling one is trying to gain more friction, i.e. more exposure to potential clients. In both cases the alleged owner of such website contacts a malware creator – the task at hand being the creation of an adware software that will redirect users to the targeted website. It may seem counterproductive but it works for a number of reasons. For all intents and purposes it seems to be a cheaper option than marketing trough conventional measures. Also it is easy and fast for such a program to be created – most often it’s the same template and only the website that is being targeted is different.
Remove Ads by RateItApp
Our first step here is a reboot in 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 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 W. 8 and 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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
You are probably aware by now that Ads by RateItApp has infected all the browsers located on your PC, even the ones you don’t normally use. You will have to apply each step separately for all of your browsers. Before you start this grueling process though take a minute here – we would like to list for you different ways in which Ads by RateItApp may have tricked you into letting more virus threats onto your system. Please take note and if you believe you may have been duped – try to remember what was installed so you can track it down and remove it as soon as possible.
Here it is:
- Pop-up windows urging you to download a fix or a remover for a virus that has been “detected”.
- Pop-ups with links to download a missing codec
- Messages with links to downloadable updates to legit programs like Windows Media Player, Adobe, Java.
- Strange Toolbars located in your browser of choice.
- Text and numbers in your browser being turned into hyperlinks.
The common advice here is – do not click on any of the above and do not interact with them at all.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by RateItApp . Remove it by pressing Disable.
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 RateItApp 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.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: Below, we are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by RateItApp 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:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what hosts file looks like:
If there is anything connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
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. However, we should warn you – doing this can be extremely risky, so the best course is to seek assistance from us.
!!!!!!!!!!!!A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
We know you are eager to complete the removal process. Take a moment here as this is very important! The next few steps are pivotal to the successful or unsuccessful removal of the virus. Anything you do in the next few steps might cause severe damage to your system if not performed correctly. We strongly advise against continuing with the process if you are not completely sure you can do it or if you don’t feel like risking your hardware. Instead we recommend using a professional Ads by RateItApp remover.
In either case do not let this virus stay any longer on your hard drive. There are multiple reports about it being able to access your stored user names and passwords. This information is transferred to the creators of the virus and nobody knows how long it takes for this information to be gathered and transmitted so do your best to remove the malware quickly and without damaging your system. After that make sure to change all of your passwords, especially the ones pertinent to banking information.
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.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “unknown” as Manufacturer.
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
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STEP 6 – Optimization
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