Dear reader, if you are reading this then it’s probably because you have Ads Powered by Stats installed on your computer and you want it removed. You’ve come to the right place – our removal guide will live up to the task. But while you are it please check out the rest of the article. Learning a thing or two about how these things operate can help you defend against future threats. New adware pops literally every day.
A tiny overview
Viruses like Ads Powered by Stats are named Adware (that is Advertisement and Malware fused together). This stems from the fact that they spam ads on your computer. These many take many forms – in fact most users report seeing different ads. This is largely because Ads Powered by Stats scans your browsing and search history and try to determine what ads might be interesting for you based on that data. These Ads will be generated by your own computer – thus leeching system resources. If you have been experiencing slowdowns or choppiness lately then Ads Powered by Stats is a likely culprit.
You’ve probably know it already – those ads are fake!
The sites they link to are totally unrelated to the ads, but they do share 3 common purposes:
- Waste your time to generate publicity for someone.
- Trick you into spending money in some way.
- Install malware via a download to your computer.
Do not allow them. Simple ignoring them is OK, but if you feel like closing the windows go ahead. They’ll be back the next time you open your browser though, unless you deal with the virus that spawns them.
How was your PC infected?
Adware generally relies on the user to install it on his own computer. Of course its usually under some form of disguise. Learning the tricks of Adware installers is the single best defense you can have against them, short of using anti-malware software. We’ve listed some popular methods below.
- Pop-up or banner about a missing plug-in.
- Requesting certain video player installed in order to see something.
- A window warning you that some program you have is out of date and needs to download and update.
- Free download and installation of something. It may even be anti-malware software!
- Hiding within another program’s installer as a free extra.
- Send via mail or social program like Facebook or Skype.
The methods may vary but its one thing Ads Powered by Stats and the rest all share
It’s the file extension. In order to be recognized and installed by Windows viruses will stick to the executable extension, shown in Windows as .exe. It is vital that you download software only from the official developer and distributor. Any other download carries the very real risk of carrying a virus. Do not take chances – even if some program interests you do a search on the Internet and look for the official developer for that application.
How to Remove Ads Powered by Stats
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:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
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 Stats 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 Stats . 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 Stats 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 Powered by Stats 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 after you supposedly removed it, 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.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads Powered by Stats. 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.