How to Remove “Ads X” (Chrome/FF/IE) Sept. 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove “Ads X”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you landed on this page, you are most probably looking for instructions on how to uninstall an application named “Ads X”. This application is a common source of browsing disturbance for a lot of web users judging by the reports that our team has recently received. Most of the people that contacted us complain about a never-ending stream of different ads, pop-ups, promotional links, new tabs and banners of various sizes and shapes on their screen. This ads invasion is usually happening through their default browser (be it Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, or another one) which, every time it gets opened, starts to bombard the screen with page-redirect links and pop-up offers. Ignoring the annoyance may not really be possible, especially if you need your browser for daily work, studies or simply for entertainment. That’s why the solution is to remove the ads permanently by uninstalling their source.

Now, “Ads X” is an Adware application, which has its specifics and needs some basic understanding in order to effectively deal with it. The term “Adware” may sound scary but, to your relief, it is not related to any type of malware or to any nasty computer viruses such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc. Adware stands for a special type of advertising software, the purpose of which is to promote certain services, products, webpages and tools on the users’ screen during their web surfing. In the next paragraphs, we will provide you with some details about the way it operates and affects the system. We will also show you exactly how to detect it and put all of its page-redirect code and ad-broadcasting processes to an end without any risk for your system. Everything that you need to do is carefully read the information that follows and repeat the steps in the Removal Guide below. 

How to Remove “Ads X”

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Ads X” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove “Ads X” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Ads X” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

How dangerous could this type of software be?

The applications of the Adware’s type are typically able to produce an enormous amount of potentially unwanted ads in various shapes and forms (such as pop-ups, banners, links, new tabs, etc.) and push inside the user’s browser. In general, there is typically nothing illegal or directly harmful in this kind of activity because, in its core, it does not differentiate from the ads that we see on our TV screen. However, the most common problem with this software is that, in its attempts to advertise more effectively, its ad-generating processes may result in some automatic page-redirects and exposure to unfamiliar or questionable content, which the users might have no intention to get redirected to. This is the main reason why most of the people who get faced with Adware apps seek methods to uninstall them from their computers and to remove their intrusive and aggressive advertising content.

How can one get infected with Adware?

All web users may get some sort of Adware installed on their computers very easily. This type of software is usually distributed for free in various web locations and there are many web platforms (freeware sites, shareware platforms, torrents, etc.) which may spread it either alone or in a bundle with other apps, games, add-ons or tools. Downloading and installing free software from the web, generally, could deliver an application like “Ads X” on your PC if you don’t perform the installation properly and skip the customization steps in the Advanced or in the Custom menu. That’s why, one should always pay attention to the setup process, read the small text, remove any pre-selected checkmarks, check for added bundled content and use the most detailed installation options in order to avoid potentially unwanted applications. In case that some new application offers to install components or to make changes in your system or to any of your web browsers, you should not agree automatically but inform yourself about the origin and the nature of the suggested changes. Also, to maintain a healthy browser, you should keep it updated and review any outdated or shady-looking plug-ins or add-ons.

How to remove “Ads X” without risk for the system?

Removing an Adware such as “Ads X” is not as difficult as dealing with a Ransomware virus or with a Trojan Horse infection. Still, the effective elimination process has its specifics and requires your full attention. If you don’t know where to find the application and which files to delete, it is best to stick to the Removal Guide that our team has prepared. Alternatively, you can use a professional removal tool, such as the one on this page, and get rid of “Ads X” automatically.

SUMMARY:

Name “Ads X”
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Various aggressive ads may start to appear on your screen and disturb your web surfing. 
Distribution Method Different streaming web pages, freeware platforms, spam, torrents and software bundles. 
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If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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