This page was created for the removal of the virus known as Roll Around Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and your PC as a whole.
Roll Around Ads is a type of program that behaves in a matter suspiciously similar to how a family of viruses called Adware work. It will create a large amount of advertisements (Ads) on your computer and it will harass you with them until you get rid of it. If you are experiencing this problem then you are probably reading this article because you need Roll Around Ads removed from your computer. We’ll help you with that, but we’ll also try to explain how it works and how it got it so you can avoid becoming infected with similar viruses in the future.
Before all we should talk about the dangers associated with Roll Around Ads. First of all it reads your browsing history and search logs and thus violates your privacy and will maybe send that information to someone else – it’s creator. It will also slowdown your computer, because every time you load a page an Ad will also have to load – double the work for your CPU. It also requires extra bandwidth and time to download the content of the Ad. Between those two factors delays could vary between few seconds for modern computers with high speed internet connection to several seconds, freezes and unresponsiveness for slower computers and mobile (notebook) CPUs and weak Wi-Fi access.
But how did it get in?
Viruses like Roll Around Ads usually try to overwhelm your system’s security by tricking you into overriding it for them. This means they will masquerade as some other program or file and try to convince you to install them. And once in they are very hard to get rid of.
There are three main tricks commonly used, but remember that this list is far from exhaustive. Always be on the lookout for new ways these things may adopt.
- Through the help of another program installer as a bundled free installation
- Through an infected torrent/storage site when you are searching for a file
- With the help of another virus on your computer or through random advertisements on the web
IMPORTANT! Try to remember that viruses like Roll Around Ads almost always come in the form of an executable file and that the name of the file is irrelevant to the functionality of the .exe itself. For this reason we generally DO NOT recommend installing .exe files if they are unloaded from random, unsafe locations. If you are about to install an .exe file please make sure you downloaded it from a safe source – ideally the official site that develops it.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Roll Around 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 Roll Around Ads from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Roll Around Ads
From this point on the guide begins in earnest, but there is one final disclaimer to be made before you start. Some of the steps that follow MAY NOT be necessary for removing Roll Around Ads. The reason for this is because Roll Around Ads has been known to require several different methods to remove and it would be hard for ordinary users to categorize which version of the virus infected them. Thus we’ve mashed everything necessary to remove Roll Around Ads in our guide. Don’t worry, if at any point any Step does not produce the result described here it’s probably because you didn’t need it in the first place. Simply move on to the next one.
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 we’ll have to remove ALL copies of Roll Around Ads from all of your internet browsers. It is important to understand that when your PC was first infected with Roll Around Ads the virus infested all installed internet browsers – regardless of whether you actively user them or not. Now in order to clean it you’ll have to run steps 2&3 for EVERY browser you have on your computer. We kindly remind you that Internet Explorer comes with every windows installation.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Roll Around 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Roll Around Ads 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.
(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 Roll Around 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.
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.
AN IMPORTANT WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING
Next follows maybe the most difficult and also the only dangerous step of the guide. Unfortunately it’s also mandatory if youi want to make certain that Roll Around Ads is gone for good. You’ll have to be very careful, otherwise you could damage your PC significantly, especially if you make a big mistake. It is understandable if you are not feeling comfortable with this and if that is the case we advise you to download a professional Roll Around Ads remover to do the job for you risk free.
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.