AdsKeeper Virus

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


An Adware such as AdsKeeper is basically a software tool that is used by its developers to generate revenue through Internet advertising. Apparently, a lot of Adware programs seem to implement the AdsKeeper network and show its irritating ads, banners, box messages and pop-ups on the user’s browser screen.

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The AdsKeeper Virus

In the following short article, we will be focusing on an web advertising network called AdsKeeper. This is a legitimate online network for ads, yet a lot of customers have made complaints regarding intrusive marketing content getting displayed on their screens which was coming from AdsKeeper. The reason why so many users are having this problem has to do with the high popularity of Adware programs. It doesn’t really matter what browser you use. Most Adware applications are capable of affecting all browsers on the PC – Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera and so on. Apart from being irritating, programs that show such adverts could also hold hidden dangers that you need to be aware of. Here, we will offer you a general explanation of how an Adware could be dangerous for your PC and why this software type is generally categorized as PUP (potentially unwanted programs). As far as AdsKeeper is concerned, though, as we mentioned, it is actually a legitimate online service, if you have noticed that its ads have started popping-up on your screen on a regular basis, then you likely have an Adware or some other form of PUP on your PC that needs to be taken care of.

How does Adware generate revenue?

If you are wondering how exactly the developers behind such intrusive web marketing tools are profiting from their products, the model is actually quite simple. Most of it has to do with what is known as Pay-Per-Click – a revenue-generating technique that most web advertisers use. For each click/tap that users make on the ads generated by the Adware, the program’s creators gets financially compensated with a small amount of money. On a larger scale, the more ads that er getting displayed and the more users that willingly or unwillingly are getting the Adware installed on their machines, the greater the potential end profit.

Of course, in most such instances, there’s pretty much nothing that you can gain from an Adware that has made its way inside your computer. In most cases, it would simply consume a portion of your PC’s resources in order to run its processes while at the same time annoying you with the adverts that it would constantly flood your screen with. All in all, unless there really is some actual highly useful function that such a program provides you with, there’s pretty much no reason to keep it installed on your computer. Luckily for you, here we will show you how to uninstall and remove any software that might be filling your browsers with AdsKeeper ads – just scroll down to our removal guide once you’re finished reading here.

How can an Adware be dangerous?

Normally, advert-generating programs aren’t harmful software. They do not seek to encrypt your files like a Ransomware cryptovirus would and they won’t normally seek to cause any system damage in contrast to what a Trojan Horse infection might try to do. Regardless, there are still certain dangers and hazards that might get triggered by the presence of an Adware or some other PUP on your system.

For starters, although the ads coming from AdsKeeper aren’t dangerous and are legitimate, the Adware that might be in your system might display ads from other advertising networks as well, some of which might not be reliable. You can never really know for sure what awaits you on the other side of a web ad created by an Adware application. Some are going to be real offers yet some might actually serve as redirects to questionable sites with low reputation. It’s even possible that, by clicking on random Adware-generated adverts, you might end up landing some more unwanted or even potentially dangerous software (Trojans, Ransomware, Rootkits, Spyware, Worms, etc.). For that reason, it might be a good idea to avoid any sort of web advertising content that gets generated on you screen by an Adware since you might not be able to determine if an ad comes from the AdsKeeper network or from some other, less reputable source.

In addition, a lot of applications that fall under the Adware category also seek to collect telemetry data for the purpose of targeted ads that would later get fed to your browser. Having your web activities scanned and recorded by some sketchy advertising tools is probably not something that you’d want.

What to do in order to avoid landing more Adware programs?

If you remember to avoid suspicious sites and not open spam e-mails or click on questionable online ads and offers, your PC should stay safe and clean for most of the time. Simply use your common sense when going online.

However, there is one other popular distribution model for Adware that many users disregard. We are talking about what is know as file-bundling. The Adware application gets added to another program that the user installs. Usually, the added element (the Adware) can be left out of the installation through the setup menu settings. However, most customers do not pay enough attention to the details in the setup wizard. If you don’t want to get any more unwanted software getting installed on your PC, next time you are about to install a new program, make sure to check all optional clauses and custom settings and if you see there are added installs of some sort, uncheck them in case you think that they might be PUPs.


Name AdsKeeper
Type PUP
Danger Level Low
Symptoms An overwhelming amounts of adverts getting generated in your browser once you try to use it.
Distribution Method Malvertising, spam messages, fake web offers, misleading update pop-ups, software bundling and others.
Detection Tool AdsKeeper may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

AdsKeeper Virus Removal

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

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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).

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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. 

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    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.

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    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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    • 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.

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    AdsKeeper Virus  Remove AdsKeeper from Internet Explorer:

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

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

    AdsKeeper Virus Remove AdsKeeper from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  AdsKeeper Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
    AdsKeeper VirusRemove AdsKeeper from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

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    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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    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

    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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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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