This page is dedicated to helping users remove Ads by ResonsiveApp – a virus of the adware class. The instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Ads by ResonsiveApp is a type of virus commonly referred to as Adware. Viruses like this create large quantity of advertisements (Ads) whenever you browse the internet. The Ads are mildly annoying, but they also slow down your computer. They will load whenever you open a new page or tab in your internet browser and your computer will have to load two or more pages instead of one. This can take a toll on your CPU and will also require extra bandwidth. The effect is more pronounced on less powerful computers or slow internet speed.
Viruses can also get hidden by the Ads
Ads spawned by Ads by ResonsiveApp can also be dangerous. The hyperlink behind the Ads often lead to fake/fraudulent internet sites, whose only purpose is to scam you of your money – one way or another. Other malware that is similar to Ads by ResonsiveApp has also been known to spread additional viruses to computers infected by it.
Ads by ResonsiveApp may offer you to download and install some files. Usually these will be offers for free software, promotional programs that generate income or the like. It’s also been known to generate fake pop-up messages that inform you of some problem in you computer. It could be a missing plug-in warning, virus infestation or registry errors. After those you’ll be given the opportunity to download a free program that is supposed to fix the problem for you.
DO NOT fall for this trap. There is nothing wrong with your computer and in fact the files offered will be viruses themselves. Remember that the best course of action is to always ignore such messages until you remove Ads by ResonsiveApp from your computer.
Remove Ads by ResonsiveApp
Virus maker will often release multiple iterations of the same virus. The only difference between them will be the methods required to remove the virus. This is done to make removing the virus as hard as possible.
We’ve written this article to encompass all known versions of the virus. An unfortunate side effect exists however – some steps could be redundant. Go through each step from the guide below. If any step does not produce the desired results and you are certain you are correctly following the guide then you should simply move over to the next one.
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.
Ads by ResonsiveApp is quite capable of infecting all your internet browsers at once. You’ll have to remove it from each browser separately, otherwise it can just copy itself between them. This means running Step 2&3 multiple times – once per browser. Remember to include even browsers that you might have installed, but you are no longer using. We also kindly remind you that Internet Explorer comes installed on all versions of Windows.
Now is also a good moment to try and remember if you installed any files prompted by Ads by ResonsiveApp . If that is the case look for the name of that file and remove it as well.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by ResonsiveApp . 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 ResonsiveApp should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select (Remove).
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: 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, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by ResonsiveApp 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 a 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.
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.
WARNING! IMPORTANT INFORMATION AHEAD!
What follows are a couple of steps that are absolutely mandatory, but unfortunately also potentially dangerous. Performing them wrong can damage your PC significantly. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional anti-malware program to do it for you.
We’ll be terminating processes associated with the virus and deleting the files they require to run. This should stop the regeneration of the virus, but if you delete any Windows files in the processyou could corrupt your installation. Be careful please.
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. If you can’t find them 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 7 – Optimization
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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.