Were you infected by Ads by SASA? We have a guide that shows you how to remove Ads by SASA from your system effectively.
Adware viruses are the mostly common type of viruses your PC can be exposed to. Ads by SASA is a typical member of the Adware family – it functions by spawning a large quantity of unwanted spam messages that advertise stuff – we’ll be calling them Ads for short. These Ads will load every time you start your browser, every time you open a new page or whatever other condition the virus makes has seen fit to implement. This alone could be annoying, but Adwares are generally known to also turn random words from any texts you read in your browser into hyperlinks – just another form of Ads. In rare ocasions you may also have different toolbars installed by the virus and your default search engine might be replaced – through this is more commonly associated with Highjack-er viruses.
Ads by SASA – things you need to know before removing it
The Ads and other clutter that Ads by SASA might be throwing in your face sure are annoying, but at least they can’t do any damage to your computer, at least not directly. This situation can dramatically change if you click on them and interact with them.
First and foremost you can never be sure if the Ads lead to real sell sites, or fakes that only aim to rob you of your money. Considering that fake sites can look like a carbon copy of the original site and use very similar Urls making the distinction can be very hard. Better not risk it.
Ads can spread viruses too, and not only those coming out of Ads by SASA
In fact it’s one of the most common ways by which other, nastier viruses can gen into your computer. Any file you download off an Ad can potentially be a virus, possibly a very nasty one. For this reason it is absolutely not recommended to download and install anything that comes from an Ad, even if you have a working anti-virus program.
Some other tricks that Ads by SASA might have used to get into your computer
A very prominent trick are the so-called program bundles. In essence these are software installers that come packaged with more then one program – thus a bundle. When everything is OK the extra programs will be demos and trial versions that promote other products of the developers or his partners. When it’s not OK one or more of those programs will be Adware. This is one of the most common ways by which Adware spreads around the next and there is a good chance Ads by SASA used such a trick to come in. A good strategy to defend against such unwanted “gifts” is to eschew the default installation option and to go advanced. This gives you knowledge and control of what exactly will get installed on your computer. Unclick any unwanted extras, unless you are certain they are not Adware.
Remove Ads by SASA
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 SASA 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 SASA . 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 SASA 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 SASA 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 SASA. 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.