Are you spammed by Filter Results Ads? We have a comprehensive guide that will help you remove Filter Results Ads.
Filter Results Ads belongs to the Adware virus family, which is also the most common type of viruses as of today. These things are very annoying to deal with and may be problematic to remove. You have to hunt down every single file associated with the virus and delete it, otherwise it will regenerate itself and come back to haunt you the next time you start your PC.
If you are reading our article then it’s likely you are looking for help with the removal part. The bottom of this article contains our step-by-step removal guide, but we’d advise you not to jump there immediately. We’ll be discussing Filter Results Ads and other viruses – how they work and what tricks they use to infect computers. If you become familiar with their basic techniques you stand a better chance to spot such threats before they make it into your computer. And even the most dangerous viruses most oftenly use the same tricks that Filter Results Ads might have used to infiltrate your PC.
Do not click on the ads
Until Filter Results Ads gets removed it will pester you with an endless stream of Ads. A new page filled with Ads will open every time you start your internet browser or whenever you open a new windows. Words in any text you read may turn into hyperlinks, which work as another form of Ads. In any case DO NOT click on them.
Basically there is no guarantee whatever site you are linked to will be genuine or fake. And there is no sure way to tell one from the other too. Some of the fakes look exactly like real sites – they copy the design and they also use similar URLs – with no more then one or two characters in difference. Any fake site will naturally just rob you if you try to purchase anything.
Another thing you have to be wary about is any file you download that is offered to you by Filter Results Ads. There is a very high chance that any file you get will be a virus. For this reason we recommend you ignore any offer you are given by the Ads. Nothing good will ever come out of those anyway.
Methods of infection – Filter Results Ads and other viruses
Adwares like program bundles – those are installers that install more then one program when you run them. Usually the extras will be demos and trial versions of programs, but sometimes they can be Adware viruses – more likely if the program installer belongs to a free program. This is why it’s a good idea to avoid using the default installation and instead go advanced. Thus you can see and control what is getting installed.
Torrent and storage sites can also be dangerous. Some may contain a variety of Ads and banners, as well as multiple download buttons. Clicking the wrong button will download a file with the same name of the file you want, but with the executable extension .exe and that file will be a virus.
Remove Filter Results Ads
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 Windows 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button , then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
Filter Results 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 Filter Results 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.
Filter Results 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, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Filter Results 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, the reason is that you missed something here. However, we should warn you – doing this can be extremely risky, so the best course is to seek assistance from us.
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.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
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. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Filter Results 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.