This article aims to help users remove Ads by VNPapps from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Ads by VNPapps is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that shares a lot of similarities with a type of viruses called Adware. The biggest one of them is the fact that Ads by VNPapps creates a large amount of advertisements and floods your internet browser as you work on it. These Ads will be generally shown as pop-ups, banners, pages or sometimes can even manifest as hyperlinks attached to random words in all texts you read.
The Ads will generally advertise for things you have recently searched for on sites that you also visited. Ads by VNPapps is able to do that, because it scans the past history of your browser visits and searches. This behavior is very dangerous as it violates your online privacy, especially since Ads by VNPapps can also send back data back to it’s creator.
Other dangerous things to be aware of
We strongly recommend that you ignore whatever Ads Ads by VNPapps show. The biggest problem is that there is absolutely no control what you’ll see and there is a very high possibility that at least some of the Ads lead to phishing sites. These sites usually have a URL address that is very similar to popular online shops and they will look exactly the same too. Unfortunately this is all fake and the only reason of their existence is to steal your passwords, credit card numbers and whatever other valuable data you may have.
Ads by VNPapps will also try to install another virus on your computer. It is usually masqueraded as some sort of free offer for a software installation. Ads by VNPapps may also create fake messages about non-existing problems in order to make you more compliant with downloading the infected software. Be wary of messages regarding missing plug-ins, required add-ons, video players, codecs, even virus infections. It’s best if you abstain from downloading anything of this soft until Ads by VNPapps is gone.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by VNPapps 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 VNPapps 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 VNPapps
Before we begin the removal process there is one important issue you need to be aware of. Viruses like Ads by VNPapps are often updated by their developers in order to be made harder to remove, but the older versions are not pulled out, so it is possible for the same virus to require different steps to remove on different computers.
We’ve written this guide to be able to remove all known iterations of Ads by VNPapps, but it’s possible not all steps to be required for older copies of Ads by VNPapps. Proceed with the removal steps and if you don’t see Ads by VNPapps listed for removal in any step (as described) don’t worry and simply move forward to the next step.
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.
Next you have to remove all copies from Ads by VNPapps from your browsers. When the virus came it contact with your computer it infected ALL of them – even old browsers you may have installed on your computer, but you are no longer actively using, such as Internet Explorer if it isn’t your primary browser.
While you are doing this pay attention for messages that pop-up as you try to delete Ads by VNPapps. It will try to install itself under a different name or alternatively try to install another virus by the same creator. Deny any offers for program installations.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by VNPapps . 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 VNPapps 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.
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 VNPapps 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.
A MUST READ BEFORE CONTINUING
What we have next is the most difficult step of our guide, but it’s also mandatory to ensure that Ads by VNPapps is permanently removed. Be careful, as doing anything wrong can damage your OS and other programs significantly, especially if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional anti-malware removal program. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to other viruses invisible to the naked eye. You can scan option of the program (if you decide to buy it) to locate and remove those before you have a bigger problem then some annoying Ads.
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.