This page aims to help you remove Tag.sp.advertising.com “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
A number of users have recently contacted our “How to remove” team, telling us that they have a problem with their browser, which is constantly spamming the screen with different ads, sponsored page-redirect links, banners, and pop-ups which would just not go away. In addition to that, the users report changes such as homepage or search engine replacements, which take place in the browser without their approval. Popular browsing programs like Chrome, Explorer, Safari and Firefox seem to be targeted the most and the users don’t know how to uninstall those changes and get back their settings. If you’ve landed on this page because something similar has happened to you too, then the chances are you’ve most probably installed a Browser Hijacker on your computer.
The Browser Hijackers are not some nasty form of malware (such as Viruses, Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware), however, they can be very annoying and can significantly worsen the browsing experience and the performance of the computer. Although they are not programs that steal data or such that are supposed to harm the system, these pieces of software can take you to pages that may indeed have hidden threats inside them.
In the next lines, we will discuss one program of the Browser Hijacker category, which is called Tag.sp.advertising.com. If most of the changes and ads that you see on your screen are “Powered by Tag.sp.advertising.com” or “Generated by Tag.sp.advertising.com”, then this is a sure sign that your browser has been hijacked by this piece of software and you probably need to deal with it as soon as possible.
Tag.sp.advertising.com “Virus” is usually introduced into the operating system after the downloading of some free programs and apps. In most cases, the presence of the hijacker within the program installer goes unnoticed by the users as most people simply seem to click on the “Next” button to complete the installation process. The users rarely pay close attention to the checkmarks and the additional software approvals they give when they agree to run the entire installer and this is how they often end up with additional programs in their computers.
Naturally, it can be quite frustrating and annoying to open your browser and see that different toolbars, search engines, and buttons have been installed in the browser without your knowledge. But as soon as you discover Tag.sp.advertising.com in the browser, there may be even more annoying things which can make you immediately seek ways to uninstall the imposed changes and remove the annoying software. For instance, the moment you start a new browsing session, sponsored pop-ups may begin to appear everywhere and show all kinds of sketchy offers, ads, and redirect links such as Www1.ecleneue.com, The Goodcaster . And despite all your efforts to remove them, those sponsored messages may simply not go away and may aggressively prompt you to visit certain sites or try some new products and services. On top of that, some of the messages may not only be annoying but may also redirect you to web locations with questionable reputation or unreliable content, thus, increasing the chance of having a close encounter with real security threats such as Viruses, Trojans, Ransomware and others. In the removal guide below, however, there are instructions which can show you how to safely eliminate Tag.sp.advertising.com “Virus” in case you want to get rid of all these ads and browser changes and get your browser’s settings back.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Different ads, banners and pop-ups may constantly spam the screen of your main browser.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, free installers, torrents, shareware sites, ads, freeware platforms.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Tag.sp.advertising.com “Virus”
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Tag.sp.advertising.com from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Tag.sp.advertising.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Tag.sp.advertising.com from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!