Are you plagued by pop-up Ads Powered by Get Private? We can help you remove Ads Powered by Get Private completely with our guide below. We prepared the instructions to be compatible with all versions of Windows.
WARNING! START HERE, PLEASE! If you are reading this message, you should be aware that you have been infected by a computer virus. What you probably don’t know however is the class Ads Powered by Get Private belongs to – and that is adware. Adware are notorious for trying to trick users into installing more viruses that you would later have to remove in exactly the same fashion as what you are trying to get rid of now. And this is in the mildest cases – at worst you can get tricked into installing ransomware, which is the boogeyman class of all malware. Ransomware operate by encrypting (read: locking up) your files and demanding money to release them. Most of the time you can destroy the virus by simply reinstalling Windows, but you will lose all the information you have, and many users have important files on their PCs. And all of this simply because a door in your security was opened when you let Ads Powered by Get Private in.
To make sure you not only don’t end up in this situation ever again, but also be prepared to spurn all of Ads Powered by Get Private’s advances we want to tell you the most prominent ways it will try to trick you:
- It can show you fake updates for Java, Flash Player, and a variety of other programs that you have installed. The first two will be received automatically – practically all users infected by this malware report them. The other programs are dependent on your Control Panel. The virus scans it when it first lands on your PC.
- Another extremely dangerous trick is the virus posing as an anti-virus that seemingly wants to perform a scan. The danger lies in the effect that an anti-virus program has on users: they trust it almost implicitly. The people who created this malware know that, so make sure to not let it perform any system check-ups or database updates, and remove Ads Powered by Get Private before accepting any such offers.
- The third and most frequently used trick is connected to the advertisements. There is a degree of chance that when you click on them you will redirected not to the products, but to other websites with no clear relation. This happens with several sites at a time opening in new tabs. The problem here is that when it happens, these websites will most likely harbor other viruses like Ads Powered by Get Private. The even bigger problem is that they are slated to start downloading .exe files that autorun and turn into setups for said malicious programs. If the installation finishes you will have to remove them as well and they will try to play tricks on you as well.
Remove “Ads Powered by Get Private”
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 Windows 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 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 Powered by Get Private” 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 Powered by Get Private” . 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 Powered by Get Private” 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, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for “Ads Powered by Get Private” 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. However, we should warn you – doing this can be extremely risky, so the best course is to seek assistance from us.
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 Powered by Get Private”. 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.