Are you infected by a virus called Word Surfer Ads ? We can help you remove Word Surfer Ads from Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Safari with our free instructions below.
If you are reading this article it is probably because your computer has been infected by Word Surfer Ads. This unwanted programs belongs to a family of viruses known as Adware. Until it is removed from your computer you can expect to be constantly harassed by an endless stream of advertisements (Ads). These can be Ads-full browser pages that pop every time you open your browser or create a tab. The Ads can also take the form of different banners and pop-ups. They can even turn different words of any text you read into hyperlinks.
Advice on how to handle Word Surfer Ads before it is removed
This can be easily simplified with one sentence – “Do NOT click on the Ads”
To elaborate – first the sites offered by the Ads may be legitimate, but they may also be frauds trying to steal your money. Telling real from fake is often difficult – the fake sites will look exactly like the real sites they are trying to impersonate. Further they will use very similar URLs to appear as legit as possible.
Any files offered by Word Surfer Ads are potentially very dangerous. It is a well known fact that Adware spreads other virus types and some very dangerous threats like Ransomware (encrypts your computer and blackmail you to recover files) and Trojans (rootkits that can take control over your computer, steal credit card details) use Adwares as means to move around the web.
Viruses vary in name and function, but follow similar infection patterns
There are viruses that target security vulnerabilities in program, but these are generally a minority. The vast majority of viruses rely on guile and trickery in order to make an unsuspecting human user install them. The human authorization will usually overlap whatever security your computer might have in place. This if you learn to recognize the patterns used by viruses like Word Surfer Ads you can stop and block them before they enter your computer and you have to go to a long and troublesome removal.
One such common method is a packaged /or bundled/ installers. These installers install the main program they are built for, but also a number of other programs if left to run a default installation. The extras are supposed to be trial and demo versions, but can sometimes be an Adware virus. We recommend you never use the default installation for any program – use Advanced. It allows you to see and control what exactly is getting installed. Remove any extra program you don’t really need from the installation.
Another major source of viruses are torrent/storage programs. Such sites often have multiple download buttons and clicking on the wrong one (sometimes a right one won’t even exist!) will create a download box. The file offered will likely contain the name of a file you wanted in your search query, but the extension will be .exe and the file will be a virus.
Remove Word Surfer Ads
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 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.
Word Surfer 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 Word Surfer 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.
Word Surfer 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.
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 Word Surfer 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:
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 hosts file looks like:
If there is anything connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
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.
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. 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
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STEP 6 – 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.