Dear reader, if you are reading this article then your computer has probably been infected with Marking App Ads. Yes, its annoying but fortunately it can be eleminated, the guide to which you will find below. But, please, take a few minutes to read this article in detail. Hopefully you can learn somethings about adware in general and be better prepared to deal with them in the future.
Marking App Ads – an overview
Marking App Ads belongs to a family of viruses commonly dubbed adware. The name is connected to their primary function – to inject ads, short of advertisements, into your preferred internet browser. Note that besides ads Marking App Ads may also offer you free programs or update to programs that are already installed on your computer. It may even propose anti-malware software or “missing” plug-in installations.
- A word of warning – ads and offers originating from Marking App Ads are not to be trusted! Even if services may appear legitimate their only goal is to defraud you of money. Worse yet – adware like Marking App Ads is interconnected. Any installation offered is likely another adware or even a worse type of virus!
This is the moment to point that in order to generate believable ads tailored to your interests Marking App Ads actively scans your computer. It collects data from browsing history and previous online searches. Worse, it may also target log-in data, credit card numbers and passwords. All of this is then sent to the creator – usually for spam or resale.
Don’t take any chances! While log-in details are usually encrypted its best to change all relevant passwords once you’ve removed Marking App Ads from your machine.
Preferred methods of spreading around the internet
First and foremost it should be noted that Marking App Ads (and other adware) does not target program security vulnerabilities like the most dangerous viruses do. Rather – it relies on misleading the user to give it access himself willingly. Thus adware creators employ cunning strategies. Familiarize yourself with them – chances are the adware entered your computer through one of these.
As part of a free program installation – free is good, especially when it also gets the job done. Unfortunately free is also a synonym of “catch” and this time the catch is bundled adware. Adware developers pay creators of legitimate applications to include their products in the installer. An unware individual can easily install even several of these if he doesn’t pay attention. On the upside – if one reads carefully when installing software and clicks on the advanced installation feature he can always control the extra “features” getting installled.
As part of mail/social network/skype spam message. There are viruses that spread themselved through the computers of infected people who are unaware of their existence. When someone in your friend list sends you a message with attached file you should be weary. Ask that person what he’s sending before opening the file sent. Viruses are usually executables or archives which contain the executable.
Contaminated fake download sites – prime target of removal from Google but still surviving. These sites are very annoying, because they copy the search terms from your browser and generate a perfect match, thus jumping forward to first page in Google searches. These are very dangerous files that are always .exe files and actually a virus. If you downloaded and install an Adware via them you should consider yourself lucky, for there are much more sinister things in those sites.
How to Remove Marking App 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.
Marking App 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 Marking App 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.
Marking App 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 Marking App 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 Marking App 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.