Do you want to know how to remove Ads Remover? This page includes detailed instructions how to get rid of Ads Remover.
Attention Reader!!! Read Carefully!!!
You have been infected with Ads Remover. This type of malware is recognized as adware. That’s short from “ads” and “malware”. So it will come as a no surprise to you that you will be dealing with advertisements. First let’s start by stating that this type of virus is considered less vicious than others, it falls more in the annoying category. Yet there are ways for Ads Remover to become really dangerous for you and your computer. This adware will manifest itself in the form of pop-up windows sprawling all over your desktop every time you open your browser or at random intervals, so be prepared for some inconvenient occasions especially if you are trying to remove this pest from a work place computer.
Not only is this whole thing headache-worthy and annoying but this virus is relatively harmless only if you do not interact with the advertisements in any way. If you do – you are exposing your system to a lot more dangers. Ads Remover will try to trick you into allowing it more access to your personal information (this is obviously very dangerous and we will elaborate on it more in our guide below), as well as duping you into inviting more of its family members and friends into your PC (read more viruses). It is safe to say you need to remove this threat from your system asap, so be sure to follow our removal guide and take note to the part where we discuss some of the typical tricks and dangers associated with this adware.
Remove Ads Remover
Keep in mind that this virus you are trying to remove may have different versions, which in turn may lead to slightly different ways of removing Ads Remover. The malware creators seem to pay attention to removal guides such as ours and make little changes here and there so their virus would be more difficult to remove. It’s possible some users see the virus while in safe mode, for the others – just revert back to the standard windows boot.
We advise you carefully review each step of the guide and if it looks unfamiliar, meaning you don’t have it just move on to the next step in the process. If something is not clear feel free to ask a question in the comments section.
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.
Dear Reader, Ads Remover has spread to all your browsers. You will need to apply all of the steps below to each single browser that you have installed. First read carefully the rest of this Step 2 though, you need to know the ways in which this virus may have tried successfully or unsuccessfully to trick you into letting more dangerous software onto your system. After reading about the possible tricks and dangers associated with Ads Remover do your best to remember what and if anything like that was installed onto your device. You will need to remove it in a moment.
Tricks and dangers:
- You might be asked to give away your personal information, your phone number, etc. Don’t!!!
- Very often pop-ups will urge you to install missing codecs, updates etc. These are fake, don’t install from unconfirmed sources.
- Any time you are being redirected to a strange/shady website your system security is being put in risk, because the websites that do this regularly start auto-downloading .exe files loaded with malware. Leave as soon as possible.
And now let’s start with removing the pests from your hard drive. Remember – you need to apply the steps for each browser separately!
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads Remover . 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 Remover 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.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: Below, 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, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads Remover 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.
A BIG WARNING HERE! Unfortunately, this type of virus can track and copy user names and passwords. It stores the information on a file somewhere and sends it to whoever created it later. How much later is unknown, but it’s definitely not a matter of minutes or hours. The only way information can be traced in this way is if you visit the websites. After you are done with removing Ads by BuyTheApp, change any passwords connected to your credits cards or other sensitive information.
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.
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. 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 Remover. 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.