This web page was created to help users remove Ads by Vidzy from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their computer.
Ads by Vidzy is dangerous program that is quickly spreading through the internet and infecting computers. It works quite similar to how a family of viruses named Adware work – it creates advertisements (Ads) and throws them at your face. This harassment will continue until you remove Ads by Vidzy from your computer and the goal of this article is to help you get rid of it.
A common trigger for your Ads spawning is when you start your browser or when you load a new page/tab/link in it. The Ads can be small and annoying or big enough to block you from using your browser altogether – that is unless you somehow interact with the Ad if only to close their window.
Common dangers associated with having Ads by Vidzy on your computer
The first issue is quite easy to notice, especially if you are running older hardware – Ads by Vidzy can cause slowdowns to your systems. Because your computer has to effectively load a new page plus the Ads from Ads by Vidzy it will work slower – may a couple of seconds of delay, maybe more. In cases of older computers or poor internet connection Ads by Vidzy might cause freezes and non-responsiveness to your internet browser.
Second there are the fraudulent sites the Ads link to. They might not all be fakes – Ads by Vidzy does not discriminate and links to whatever site owner paid the fees. But telling legitimate from frauds is quite hard and is you pay any money to the wrong ones they will be simply stolen.
The worst, however, is that Ads by Vidzy will actively try to install other viruses on your computer. They will be under the guise of free software offers through a pop-up or similar. It might even try to scare you into downloading that software via fake messages about bogus problems with your computer. Missing plug-ins, video players, virus infestations, errors with the registry and more.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Vidzy 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 Vidzy 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 Vidzy
Now we begin the removal process itself, but first we have to warn you that some of the steps that follow might not be absolutely necessary to remove Ads by Vidzy from you computer. The thing is that Ads by Vidzy exists in different versions that all work the same, but need different steps to remove. Unfortunately we can not know what version is on your machine, so we’ve written the guide to be able to remove them all.
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 steps 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.
When Ads by Vidzy entered your computer it installed itself on all of your internet browsers. You’ll have to delete every single copy of Ads by Vidzy in order to remove it permanently and this means running Step 2&3 for every browser in your computer.
While you are doing this be warned that Ads by Vidzy might try a last ditch effort to install itself once you are done under a different name. Carefully read any messages that might appear while you remove it. Viruses like this are known to use convoluted wording and tricks to achieve that.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Vidzy . 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 Vidzy 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 Vidzy 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 this wrong can damage your PC significantly, especially if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to grab an official software removal to handle Ads by Vidzy for you – risk free.
Another reason to trust your money with a PRO product is because it can search your computer for other malwares – including nasty things like trojans, keyloggers and rootkits that are impossible to detect manually. Those things are really dangerous – they could even steal your credit card numbers, passwords and more.
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.