These removal instructions were specifically created to help users remove Ads by StartRevApp from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. Should they fail to do this, please contact us in the comments section and we will provide the best assistance we can.
Ads by StartRevApp is an invasive program that is known to quickly spread around the internet by various means. Usually it comes bundled with different types of free software or maybe can pose as a different type of file on a torrent or storage site. Or it can be also downloaded by another virus you have on your computer.
In any case you need to remove it fast and our Removal Guide will take care of that. While it exists on your computer it can expose it to other, more potent and dangerous viruses. It also causes slowdown to your system. Ads by StartRevApp will load a set of Ads (Pop-ups, banners, pages filled with Ads or maybe even turn words of any text you read into hyperlinks) whenever you try to open a new page while you browse. Effectively this puts double or triple load on your computer. On newer computers that have high speed internet access this may only add a second or two of delay, but on older machines it could lead to screen freezes and browser unresponsiveness. Nasty.
Don’t click on the Ads, don’t download and install anything
Ads by StartRevApp is not considered a dangerous virus because the Ads themselves are of no direct danger to your computer. Unfortunately what they lead to is. They do not discriminate between legitimate sites and fraudulent fakes that are only after your money. It is also pretty hard to spot the difference between these. The best course of action is to always ignore Ads from Ads by StartRevApp and only close their windows until you remove it.
Worse yet are the viruses it will try to install – under some form of free software installation. Anti-virus, anti-malware, scanners, registry fixers, PC optimizers and the list goes on and on. Additionally Ads by StartRevApp might show bogus messages about non-existent problems in your computer. Their goal is to scare into the offered free program that will supposedly fix the problem. For there reasons we recommend to skip all installation offers prompted by Ads by StartRevApp.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by StartRevApp 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 StartRevApp 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 StartRevApp
Here begins the actual removal guide itself, but there is one important notice to be made before you start with the steps. Several of these might not be necessary to clear Ads by StartRevApp from your computer. The reason is that Ads by StartRevApp is known to require different methods to get rid of on different computers and we can’t know which version targeted you. The guide is written as to be able to remove all versions and naturally some steps could be redundant for some people.
Simply proceed carefully with the guide and if at any point you do not get the expected outcome as described below don’t worry and move forward. This is because this step is not necessary for you.
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.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
As soon as Ads by StartRevApp landed on your computer it hooked itself to ALL of your internet browsers. In order to remove it permanently from your computer you’ll have to clean all copies of it – otherwise it will just clone itself if at least one copy still exists. So run Steps 2&3 for every browser installed on your computer – even if you are no longer actively using it.
While you are doing this be warned that Ads by StartRevApp might try one final trick on you. You might see a message that prompts you to install another free service on your computer as a compensation for your troubles with Ads by StartRevApp. Don’t be fooled – this is Ads by StartRevApp again under a different name. Read carefully how the message is worded – sometimes they might have convoluted logic and clicking Yes/No in a hurry could be a mistake.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by StartRevApp . 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Ads by StartRevApp should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
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.
Continue with STEP 4.
(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 StartRevApp 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.
Go to STEP 5.
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.
Important! Must read before proceeding
Next we have the most difficult and also dangerous part of the removal, so you have to be extremely careful. Doing anything wrong can damage your PC significantly, especially if it is a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to grab a pro anti-malware program to handle this for you.
Another reason to trust your money with a trusted anti-malware product is because it can search your computer for other viruses – including nasties like trojans, keyloggers and rootkits, which are next to impossible to find manually. And they are a lot more dangerous then Ads by StartRevApp is – they could actually steal your credit cards and passwords and you won’t be aware of the fact until it’s too late.
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.
Move on to STEP 6.
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.