As you probably have already found out for yourself SushiLeads Ads is an annoying little pest. It belongs to the Adware type of viruses due to how it functions – it will happily spam advertisement every time you start your browser.
IMPORTANT! Ads generated by SushiLeads Ads are not real. They are merely something the virus decided might interest you after reading and analyzing your browser’s history. Any ads will see will link you instead to a multitude of sites, who are often not even remotely related to the ad you saw.
NEVER interact with anything coming out of SushiLeads Ads. At the very best scenario you are just wasting your time. Downloading and installing something is a much worse alternative – you are most certainly installing some form of virus.
How did SushiLeads Ads creep into your machine?
This article deals with SushiLeads Ads, but what’s written below applies to most other adware you can encounter around the web. Remembering this can save you quite a lot of headaches in the future.
In general viruses of this type prefer to target the human factor – this essentially means you as the user. They will pose as many different things and ask nicely for permission to install. Once granted they will begin to weak havoc. Things to watch out for:
- Pop-ups or banners offering to install missing plug-ins.
- Online “tube” sites that demand specific video players to show content.
- Offers for free software installations – often even posing as anti-malware!
- Fake download or torrent sites that give you an .exe file instead of what you need.
- Files sent over social programs like Skype by friends, who were not even aware they sent you anything.
One universal rule worth remembering
Always pay attention to the extension of the file you are about to open. Over 95% of all viruses will be an executable file, with a file extension .exe. The actual name can be changed to absolutely anything, but the extension cannot as Windows needs to know the extension in order to properly open the file. In fact there are sites that copy your search terms and generate files with a name copying exactly what you’ve written.
Of course, NOT ALL .exe files are viruses. But when you are dealing with a file you got from god knows what site always keep in mind the possibility that you may be dealing with the virus. Scan .exe files with an anti-virus before installing them whenever possible. If that is too much hassle for you then try to always look for the parent site of the file and get it from there. Downloading from the official distributor of a program is the only 100% way to be sure you are not installing a virus.
How to Remove SushiLeads 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.
SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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.
SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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.