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.
|Symptoms||Advertisements that possibly lead to malicious websites with bigger threats.|
|Distribution Method||Fake advertisements, software downloaded from illegitimate sources.|
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.
Remove Chinad Adware
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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).
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Chinad from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Chinad from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Chinad from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!