Remove Chinad Adware

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This article aims to help users remove Chinad Adware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.

If your computer has been infected by Chinad Adware then know you are dealing with an Adware type of virus. Luckily these are among the least dangerous types of threats, but nevertheless they are not be understimated. Beside the removal process itself it is also very important not to make things worse – and that can only happen if you interact with Chinad Adware and the Ads it generates and visit the pages behind the links or install any file offered to you.

Chinad Adware


Type Adware
Danger LevelHigh
SymptomsAdvertisements that possibly lead to malicious websites with bigger threats.
Distribution MethodFake advertisements, software downloaded from illegitimate sources.
Detection Tool

Why is it dangerous to do so?

In its original concept forum Chinad Adware works like a classical Adware – which is much like a TV commercial. It will show you various types of Ads and if whenever you click on one of those the creator of the virus will earn a small amount of money. Unfortunately these days Adwares have become much more dangerous as the Ads often have a hidden agenda on their own.

Since Chinad Adware is malicious software on its own it doesn’t particularly care what type of things it displays and very dangerous Ads are thus often advertised. If clicked on they can take you to different contaminated websites from which only other viruses can be obtained or you could become victim of phishing attempt. As such it will be a very good idea if you stayed away from the Ads until Chinad Adware is removed from your system.

Another, more direct attempt may be used to fool you into installing infected software. Uusally this is done through offering some sort of free software – commonly for PC optimization and fixing errors. Scare tactics may be employed to make you more willing in the form of Ads make to look exactly like system messages. These Ads will report virus problems, registry errors, HDD health issues and many more – whatever is necessary to make you believe you really need the software offered. Another variant of the same scheme is using links that require supposedly vital updates and patches. These could be:

  • Missing plug-in required to download
  • A specific video codec required before you can see a video
  • Program needs urgent update (commonly Java and Flash are used as bait with this one)

Note that it is possible you may actually have to update a program. If you suspect you really have a problem like this you should search for that program online and download/fix from the official site. This is a fairly straightforward process and only takes a minute or so and eliminates the risk of virus interferance.

As you can see for as long as you have Chinad Adware installed on your computer you can never be sure if a problem is real or not. Get rid of it ASAP and don’t install any software prompted by a banner or pop-up until it is gone.

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Chinad Adware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Chinad Adware from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

Remove Chinad Adware


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.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Continue with Step 2.


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All of your internet browsers are likely infected by Chinad Adware and now that Safe Mode is enabled we can do something about it. Proceed to Run Step 2 and Step 3 seperately for each and every internet browser installed on your machine. If you think now it’s a good idea to uninstall a browser make sure you remove Chinad Adware from it first.

Also pay attention to any confirmation messages when you remove Chinad Adware as these can try to download other programs or send you to differnet internet sites. Stay away from either as they are likely dangerous.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Chinad Adware . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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Chinad Adware  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

Go to STEP 3.

safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: 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, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

Continue with STEP 4.


Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Chinad Adware 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 Uninstallchoose NO:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

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

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Go to STEP 5.


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.


What follows is important for the ensured removal of Chinad Adware, but can also be a tad more difficult and dangerous to do. Read and follow the instructions provided carefully and double check before deleting the files. If you delete the wrong ones this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are nervous you can also try to download the professional anti-malware removal tool we recommend. It will get rid of Chinad Adware for you, but you can also use the scanner to look for other viruses that may have been installed by or alongside Chinad Adware. The worst viruses will always reveal themselves when it’s too late and ony a good scanner can neutralize them beforehand.


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.

Move on to STEP 6.


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. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

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

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