Wordinator Ads is an advertisement-driven application that is considered a computer virus by the online community. Since you are on this page, we assume you have no prior experience with computer viruses, and adware in particular (the name comes from ad + malware). Adware are among the least harmful on the net, but become more dangerous over time because of several factors, the most prominent of which is:
- They try to trick users into downloading more applications like them.
This shouldn’t particularly come as a surprise if you think about it, since they are little more than promotional tools. They simply wish to prolong the time you are receiving the ads. Wordinator Ads specifically can be much more harmful, unfortunately. We’ve received continuous reports that if it detects you are trying to completely delete its presence it will shift into trying to trick you into downloading Ransomware – the most dangerous virus outside of cyber warfare. Ransomware are very clear in their purpose – they extract money out of users by encrypting (essentially locking up) most of the files on their PC and ask for a solid ransom, usually along the hundreds of dollars, to release the files.
I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t like that happening to you one bit. And for that reason we’ve compiled to most closely associated tricks Wordinator Ads can try on you:
- It can imitate a variety of programs. Once it latches on to you and scans the program list in the Control Panel and picks the most popular entries. Windows updates, Java, Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader are all possible scams. It’s notable that web browsers aren’t the only places you can see these. They can show up on the windows tray.
- Wordinator Ads can impersonate anti-virus programs. This is basically as the previous point but we decided to give it a whole section on its own, because 95% of users utterly trust their anti-virus program, hence they are far easier to manipulate.
- You may (or may not) encounter ads layered on top of video managing websites like vimeo and youtube. These make the websites practically impossible to use, because they don’t have a a close sign. They are thumbnails. The X simply opens the ad.
- Another important note is that you can get sent to different websites if you click on the ads or hyperlinks. They may open up 2-3 at a time on new tabs and have a countdown of several seconds before they start downloading a .exe file that contains a virus. Exit these websites immediately. If you can not, stop the setup’s process from the task manager, because trying to exit it from inside will probably have minimal effect.
How to Remove Wordinator 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.
Wordinator 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 Wordinator 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.
Wordinator 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 Wordinator 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.
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.
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 Wordinator 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.