Please use this guide to remove Ads by QuickSurf quickly, and delete any leftover files you encounter. Quicksurf is a relatively recent addition to the Adware scene, but the way in which it operates is by no means novel. Since you are reading this article you are already familiar with the endless spam of ads created by the virus. The only way to stop these is by properly removing all components of QuickSurf Ads, otherwise the virus will just regenerate and begin anew. Additionally, the other sections in this guide can be quite valuable to you, because knowing how your computer was infected can help you avoid these things in the future.
Nearly all Adwares operate in a similar matter. That is they rely on tricking the human user into installing them. Nobody willingly installs Adware, so these things will try every trick in the book to pose as something else and confuse you. Knowing these tricks is the best defense there can be – short of installing anti-malware software.
Things to watch out for
Viruses like to spread each other, likely because many viruses are made by a single group of people. Amongst the ads you may be seeing a slew of other messages like:
- Install a missing plug-in.
- Install some video player.
- Download and install an update to a program like Adobe or Java.
- Get a free program. Anti-virus often used as baits for this.
All of these are viruses. In fact offers like these are a pretty good way to tell which sites are dangerous or infected.
IMPORTANT! There is a small chance you may have to in fact update a program or install a plug-in. Remember that in these cases you should google the program’s name and download the update you need from the official developer for it.
Next, let’s talk about download/torrent scams
There is no true free storage space the same way there is no free lunch. Sites that offer such service make up for it by inflating the screen with ads. You may also see more then one download button to click. The actual download button is always only one if it even exists. All the others download a virus – that is a file with the same name of the file you requested, but they end with .exe.
REMEMBER! Most common viruses and adware will be executable files (ending with .exe). The files you actually need will be only rarely an .exe file. If a site offers you to download and install an .exe file stop and consider it. Is this site safe? If you are not sure then it probably isn’t.
Many software installers come with added program installations as extras. Watch out! These extras may be adware – very likely if you are dealing with free software. Avoid use default installation – go advanced! It will tell you what is getting installed and you should remove any unwanted extra progarms.
How to Remove QuickSurf 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.
QuickSurf 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 QuickSurf 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.
QuickSurf 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 QuickSurf 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.
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 QuickSurf 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.