Buzzdock Ads Overview
TO ALL READERS! START HERE, PLEASE! Since you are here, I should warn you that you’ve been infected with a virus classified as “adware” (an acronym for malware and advertisement). This type of threat is overwhelmingly documented to attempt deception in several ways. I will now list them here, so you can take note and not be fooled. The primary goal of Buzzdock Ads will be to install others of its kind. To this end it will start showing you different kinds of messages, like:
- Banners with notices about missing plugins
- Fake updates for Java or Flash Player. Tip: just because the picture is the same as the real thing, doesn’t mean it really is.
- Sometimes it may also pose as an anti-virus program that has detected a malware on your PC. It supposedly asks for permission to scan your PC.
- Your search engine may be infected too – if it runs from a page you can’t remember, be extra careful with any results that come up. Usually there are viruses lurking about there too.
Obviously, our recommendation is to avoid taking any action regarding these things. Also, be extremely careful when clicking on the close X, as many of the messages are created as thumbnails – meaning they may open if you click them. Ignore everything you see and you should be fine. Other side-effects associated with Buzzdock Ads include:
- Being redirected to different websites if you click on the ads. These websites are very virus-active, so avoid remaining on them if they open up.
- Stuttering and sluggishness of your PC seems to be prevalent, reports suggest. Obviously this is different on a system by system basis, but you should expect some kind of problem, because the CPU has to process all of the ads and overlay them on the page’s design, because they aren’t a real part of it. Thus your processors are not merely loading the ads but creating them.
How to prevent being infected by Buzzdock Ads (And Other Malware)
To protect your PC you need exactly two things. The first is a good anti-virus program – you can’t replace this, really. Anti-virus programs can automatically deal with many threats. When you have that, there’s only one chink in the armor and – you, yourself. At that point very few malware applications can do anything but exploit and confuse you, so they do the best they can at that. Fortuantely for you, there are a few very discernible strategies Buzzdock Ads’ type likes, and we will discuss them here in detail, so you know what you’re up against.
The first one is spam e-mail. This one’s pretty straightforward – you get a mysterious email, from someone who supposedly makes a mistake contacting you, or an email from a seemingly legitimate institution. The key here is to remember not to interact with any of the attachments or hyperlinks inside these emails.
Corrupted links – nothing much you can do here, except have that solid anti-virus we talked about.
Fake programs. The most widely used ones probably. Whenever you search for torrents, books, movies, or music files, these things can potentially pop-up. They are named to match popular queries in the search engines, but are nothing more than an executable file that starts installing when you open it. Simply be careful what you download – if you see it’s some sort of file that creates a setup, it’s NOT what you’re looking for.
Freeware – real free programs that can actually be very useful. The trouble is that the people who make them need to monetize somehow, right? So they bundle adware with their creations. They receive compensation for that. Fortunately for you, all you need to do is pay attention to the setup and not just click Next or Agree all the times. At some point their is a disclosure that you will receive ads. Simply cancel the setup when you see something like this.
How to Remove Buzzdock Ads
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.
Buzzdock Ads 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 Buzzdock Ads . 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.
Buzzdock Ads 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 Buzzdock Ads 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 Buzzdock Ads. 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.