This page was created to help you remove the Gem Grab Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and your PC completely.
So your computer has been infected by Gem Grab Ads and you want it removed – well that’s all this article is about after all. You have to know that you are dealing with a potentially unwanted programs, as we call them, that works in a pattern that’s quite similar to how a bunch of viruses named Adware operate.
Just like Adwares Gem Grab Ads will tirelessly create waves of advertisements (Ads) and these are a real bother as you browse. Sometimes the pop-ups and banners are so big that they are absolutely impossible to ignore. Other times entire pages filled with Ads will spawn. The common trigger for all of these is you working with your browser in one way or another – like starting it, opening links, new pages, tabs etc, so as long as Gem Grab Ads exist on your computer you will be constantly harassed.
The Ads can advertise all kinds of goods, but they’ll usually try to present things for you’ve recently searched, because Gem Grab Ads can read your browsing history and search queries. This practice is fairly dangerous, because unsavory programmers can use it to send themselves your credit card numbers, passwords and more and it’s one of the main reasons why you should get rid of Gem Grab Ads as soon as possible.
Lets talk about the dangers lurking behind the Ads
Gem Grab Ads is only classified as a potentially unwanted program, because the Ads themselves can not directly do any damage to your computer. However that is not to say that Gem Grab Ads is not a danger to your computer overall. The real threats is what is lurking behind the Ads.
Basically there are two major threats that can strike from the Ads. One is the possibility of landing on a fraudulent online sell sites and lose your money and possibly also your credit card number and online passwords. Fortunately this can easily be avoided by simply never clicking on the Ads. Even if you see a product that is interesting for you ignore it. You can download it later after researching it on Google yourself.
The second major threat is Gem Grab Ads planting another virus in your computer by tricking you into installing it yourself. The virus will usually be presented with some sort of ruse. You’ll be offered to download some free software for installation, which will be infected by the virus.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Gem Grab Ads 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 Gem Grab Ads from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Gem Grab Ads
Gem Grab Ads has been reported to exist in several different variations – each of them works in the same way, but they require different steps to remove and it would be impossible for us to know which version of Gem Grab Ads is on your computer. We’ve written this guide to encompass all possibilities, but this also means some steps might be redundant for some users.
Carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.
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.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
Now we’ll remove Gem Grab Ads from your browsers. This thing is fairly capable of infecting multiple browsers at once, even if you are not using some of them. For this reason try to remember what internet browsers you have installed on your computer and run Steps 2&3 for each and every one of them.
While you are doing this be careful, because Gem Grab Ads might try a last ditch effort to install another program similar to itself as a part of “service rating” survey. Read carefully any pop-ups that might appear while deleting Gem Grab Ads and deny any installation for new software.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Gem Grab Ads . Remove it by pressing Disable.
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.
Gem Grab Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
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.
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.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
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 Gem Grab 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:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
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.
A CRITICAL WARNING! READ BEFORE PROCEEDING
What lies ahead is likly the most difficult and dangerous to perform series of steps in the guide. They are also mandatory if you want to permanently remove Gem Grab Ads. Read and then do everything carefully, because if you make a mistake you can do a lot of damage your PC. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional program that can handle Gem Grab Ads for you without any risk involved.
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.
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 numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.