This page was created to help you remove Ads by Responsive App from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and your computer. Should you find yourself challenged in removing the virus, do not hesitate to contact us in the comments section.
If you are reading this you have probably encountered Ads by Responsive App. It is safe to say you are probably wondering what exactly this piece of software is and whether it can negatively influence your computer. Unfortunately the short answer is “yes, it can” because it has been identified by a number of anti-spyware databases as a type of Adware. Stemming from the words ”advertisements” and “malware” Adware is typically regarded as a less dangerous type of virus. And while in most cases that is generally true, you should be very aware about the problems Ads by Responsive App entails with it.
We are going to explain some of the most typical drawbacks of not removing Ads by Responsive App from your device as well as list some of the biggest threats that lurk just a click away.
How Ads by Responsive App affects your system and what are these hidden dangers we mentioned?
First of all let’s mention very briefly how this type of malware operates. You are going to encounter many different pop-up windows with advertisements about a very wide range of stuff. The most important thing to remember here is all this stuff is fake and designed with the very specific purpose to scam you. You should completely ignore such pop-up Ads for the time being and look up our guide on how to best remove them from your system. In any case do not be fooled into installing any additional software by clicking on the fakesters because this is the shortest way to injecting more and increasingly dangerous viruses on your PC.
You will probably encounter general sluggishness and slowing down of your device. There are multiple user reports for involuntary reboots attributed to Ads by Responsive App. Your web browser might be completely replaced by another one without your permission. It is pretty obvious this type of malware should be removed from your hard drive as quickly and adeptly as possible. Read below to learn how.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Responsive App from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Ads by Responsive App from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Ads by Responsive App
Dear reader, before you continue with the instructions on how to remove this virus from your computer please take a moment to read this paragraph. It is truly important. We would like to acknowledge the fact that sometimes our guide requires some tweaks so it can work for different users with the same problem. This is due to the fact that Malware creators pay attention to universal solutions (i.e. Removal guides, Blogs, You Tube videos etc.) and alter their creations so there are numerous “strains” of the same virus. They do this so their “work” will stay relevant longer, or in other words will torment people like you longer. With that in mind let’s move on to Step 1. If something seems redundant in your case just move on to the next Step. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us in the comments section or at our Google+ Page.
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.
You should be aware that Ads by Responsive App has spread to all browsers present at your system. This means you will have to apply the whole procedure for all of them one by one. First though take a moment to reflect on the fact that this virus might have duped you into installing additional malicious software, if it did so try your best to remember what additional software was installed onto your system – you will have to remove it in a moment:
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Responsive App . 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 Responsive App should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, 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 XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Responsive App 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:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
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 are a bunch of strange IPs 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.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
The next few steps are equal parts crucial and extremely critical. If not done correctly you might severely and irreversibly damage your PC, even completely render your system useless. If you feel any doubts about this or you are unsure whether you want to take such risks please use a professional Ads by Responsive App remover. Also be aware that in the case of stolen personal information, including online banking information, your most reliable and advisable bet would be on a professional remover. In either case you need to make sure this threat is completely removed!
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.