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If you are reading this article then it’s likely because your computer has been infected by Related Search by Record Page Ads and you are looking for a way to remove it. This virus is known to belong to the Adware family of viruses. It is characterized by creating a large volume of unwanted mesasges – usually advertisements (Ads). It will also slow down your computer whenever you browse the web, because of these same Ads. Whenever you open your browser it will load a page full of the Ads and it will do the same if you open a new page or tab yourself. It has also been known to turn random words in any text you read on your browser into hyperlinks. These hyperlinks are just another form of Ads
Do not click on the Ads
Not a good idea – for two main reasons.
First the sites they link to are potentially very dangerous. The Ads might point to a legitimate reseller site, but very often they will lead to fake sites, whose only goal is to scam you of your money. Unfortunately there is no good way to tell between real and fake. The fakes will do anything possible in order to appear legitimate – this includes appearing exactly like the real site they are trying to impersonate, including using a very similar URL to ensure maximum confusion.
Secondly any file you are offered to download can potentially contain a virus. Adwares like Related Search by Record Page Ads are known to spread each other, so you should never run any viruses they offer to you. The name of the file doesn’t matter, but usually the virus will be offered through some kind of free download offer – possibly even for anti-malware software.
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Disclaimer! It is important to understand that often the people who make viruses will release several copies with the virus with slight alterations between them. This means some portions of this guide may be inapplicable simply because there is no need of them. We’ve included everything to cover all versions. If one of these steps produces no info of the virus and you are confident you followed the guide carefully then feel free to skip ahead to the next step. For example for some people it might be necessary to use Safe Mode (step 1) but for others it might not be.
Remember that if you have gone through the whole guide and haven’t gotten a satisfactory result, you can always contact us via the Comments section below and explain your problem. We are always ready to help.
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.
Remember that Related Search by Record Page Ads is capable of infecting all of your browsers at once. If you have multiple browsers then you should move through each sub-step in this section. This is important, because if you leave one copy of the virus on another browser it might replicate to all browsers again even if you don’t use that browser.
Also Adware viruses like Related Search by Record Page Ads are known to install other viruses of their kind. There are several known ways it can do this, and all of them involve some sort of trickery towards you.
- If you ever downloaded and ran a file originating from Related Search by Record Page Ads it is possible you installed another virus. If this is the case please to remember the name – you will have to go through these steps again.
- You may get redirected to a variety of pages with no clear relation to the products you were viewing – some of these websites may start downloading a .exe file on their own. Even if you react quick enough to stop the process, pay attention to the name of the file, and later search for something similar to remove.
- Various pop ups and on web pages, banners, will be activated to try and make you either install newer copies of Java, Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, or even reputable anti-virus programs. It is noteworthy to mention that these are not necessarily limited to the internet, they may appear out of nowhere while you are on your desktop. If this happened to you, and you clicked “Accept” look extra hard for additional viruses.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Related Search by Record Page 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.
Related Search by Record Page 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.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
Alternatively, if you have your browser pinned down to the taskbar, you Right click it, then Right Click again on the Small Browser Icon —–> Properties
NOTE: Below, 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, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Related Search by Record Page 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.
After that 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.
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 Related Search by Record Page 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.