This article aims to help users remove Ads by Offerswizard (AKA OffersWizard Network System Driver) from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver is a type of virus of the Adware variety. The name originates from the words ADvertisement and MalWARE and these keywords illustrate well the main functions of Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver. It creates a large amount of Ads and displays them on your browser without your permission and the only way to turn it off is to remove it from the computer altogether.
Please be aware that Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver may advertise goods for which you have recently displayed interest and also in shops you visit frequently. The virus is able to do that because it reads into your browsing history and search keywords and analyzes your behavior. Remember that when you click on an Ad by Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver it is possible to be taken to a site, which looks just like some well-known online store and possibly even have a very similar URL or domain. This is a well documented scam method known as phishing. The hackers rely on you to try to log-in into the fake copy site, record your account and password and log themselves into the real site. From there they can try to drain your credit cards, make purchases in your name and whatever other havoc they can think of. For these reasons we strongly recommend you stay away from Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver and the Ads it shows you.
Methods of infection
If you are wondering how was your computer infected with Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver then the most likely answer to that question is – you unknowingly and unwillingly installed it yourself. Viruses like this prefer to use deception instead of brute force and will masquerade as different programs or use the installers of 3rd party programs as a backdoor. This is one of the biggest negatives of the bundling practice – when one installer installs more then one program it is always possible that the extra program be a virus. Originally this feature was developed so program creators can send in demos and trial versions of their other programs. Today it is often used by Adware makers to add their virus to the installers of free programs or even retail software that is downloaded through torrents or warez.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver 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 Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver
Before you begin the removal process you need to know that Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver exists in multiple versions around the internet – that means the same virus could be removed with one set of instructions from one computer, but require a different set for another. We’ve added all known and needed instructions to the guide below, but this also means that some could be redundant for your version of the virus.
You will know that is the case if you don’t see Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver on the menu the guide sends you to. If you are absolutely certain you did everything according to the instructions and don’t see Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver then just move on.
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.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- 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.
Now you have to delete Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver from your internet browsers. To do that run Step 2 and Step 3 for EVERY browser installed on your computer. Emphasis on every, as this also includes browsers that are still installed, but no longer in active use. Leaving even a single copy remaining can allow the virus to reinfect everything you just cleaned.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver . 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
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.
Go to STEP 3.
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 Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver 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.
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.
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The next step involves manipulation of the Task Manager and deletion of system files. Be careful as making a mistake could result in damage to your OS or other valuable programs. If you are unsure of yourself it may be better to download a professional Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver remover we recommend. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to other viruses, which Ads by Offerswizard Network System Driver might have let in. You can use the scanner to locate and delete those before your data comes to harm.
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 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.