How to Remove Adstructor.com “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)


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

If you have recently downloaded some not-too-reliable piece of software and installed it using the Default setup configuration instead of selecting the Advanced setup and checking fro bundled components and if after that your browser has began to behave weirdly and has had some changes made to its search engine, toolbar or homepage without you having done anything, then you have most likely had a browser hijacker installed on your computer without even realizing it. Now, do not get panicked as this is not some Ransomware or Spyware infection. Hijackers aren’t technically in the same category as viruses the likes of Trojans, Rootkits, Worms, Ransomware and so on. In the majority of instances, the worst that could happen if you have a hijacker on your machine is that your Chrome or Firefox or whatever other browsing program you use would get spammed with page redirects and ads while you are browsing the Internet. And while this might indeed not sound like a lot, you should still bear in mind that the irritation from the changes to the browser combined with the obstructiveness of the ads generation could really get on your nerves and make you feel frustrated. A particularly unpleasant traits related to the browser hijacker class is that most such apps are rather difficult to remove from the browser and uninstall from the PC and on top of that, unless you make sure that the hijacker gets eliminated, your browser would likely continue to get spammed with pesky advertisements, page redirects and the changes made to it would not go away.

That is why we have made sure to offer our readers a detailed, yet easy to use removal guide for one particular hijacker known under the name of Adstructor.com “Virus”. The reason this is going to be the focus of our guide is because Adstructor.com “Virus” is one of the newest and also one of the most annoying browser hijackers that you could currently come across on the Internet

Remove Adstructor.com “Virus”

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.

DNS

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 Adstructor.com 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 Adstructor.com from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Adstructor.com 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

Keep your distance from the ads!

You can never be hundred percent certain if a given online ad isn’t actually unsafe to click on and this is even more true when talking about hijacker-generated ads. Adstructor.com might indeed not be a serious virus infection, but you definitely shouldn’t risk your PC security by clicking on its pesky advertisements. Many creators of malware and many online scammers rely exactly on easy-to-mislead users who will click on the malware-carrying ads and get their machines infected. Now, we are certainly not saying that all ads by Adstructor.com are guaranteed to be harmful and unsafe – not at all. However, the very fact that there’s still a certain chance some of the advertisements and the page redirects could be compromised should be enough for you to avoid the hijacker-related ads. Also, it’s important that after you uninstall Adstructor.com you make sure to avoid unreliable download sources, sketchy online content and obscure websites so that you don’t get any more hijacker app installed on the computer. Paying attention to the setup options for any new programs you want to install is also crucial since many hijackers actually get bundled with legitimate software.

SUMMARY:

Name Adstructor.com
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Typical browser hijacker symptoms are sudden redirects to unknown pages and unauthorized modifications to your browser’s settings.
Distribution Method Most hijackers are getting distributed via 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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