This page aims to help you remove the Study Search Window Ads “Virus”. These Study Search Window Ads “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
You may find this article very useful if you are facing some of the symptoms that we will describe here. The Study Search Window Ads “Virus” is in fact not a virus – this is just what we called it for expediency, because a lot of incoming search terms suggest users mistake this adware for a PC virus, when it is not.
You many have recently noticed that your search results come from some unknown place rather than Google? Or possibly homepage of your browser has been changed? There may be toolbars at the top of your browser that you don’t recognize, and when you type a website you might be redirected to another. The first thing that may cross your mind is that you have got a virus. There is no need to panic, because this is not the case. The most likely reason behind this could be that you are facing an adware like Study Search Window Ads.
Now, you may ask what is an adware? This is free software, which aims to display advertisements on your screen. It is different from a virus since it doesn’t mean to harm your system. Usually, adware programs work by integrating with your browser and make some changes in your browser settings. They include features such as advanced searching of the web and display targeted pop-ups and ads on your screen while browsing.
When unfamiliar programs appear in the middle of your screen they are usually generated by such adware and they may ask you to click on links or install something on your PC. You may notice that the performance of your PC slows down and some programs start crashing. Some or all of these signals may mean you’ve picked up potentially unwanted program (PUP). Of course, this is not the full list of options but if you are still reading this, the chance is you might have already been assaulted by the Study Search Window Ads and are looking for a way to remove it.
How Study Search Window Ads got on my computer?
The truth is there is a great chance you have put Study Search Window Ads there yourself, unknowingly. Sorry. That’s often true and it may have happened when you were downloading something free. Let’s say you are browsing for a free version of an expensive program and you are led to a website that packs its downloads in an installer. It may add toolbars and other extensions to your browser and the moment you click OK, it gets installed on your system. Ads start to appear shortly after, and you may notice some changes on your browser homepage and normal browsing behavior. Or probably, you land at a web page that pops up a window asking you to install or update something you have no idea about. What is tricky here is that there are many ways an adware such as Study Search Window Ads may get installed along with a program you thought you wanted. The ultimate defense of not getting these potentially unwanted programs is to pay attention to a few things.
Don’t ignore browsers warnings. It is good to read any browser notification related to new app extensions installed. If you are using Google Chrome or Firefox, a warning message will appear as soon as an app is trying to install an application. Take a close look and do not hesitate to remove it if you don’t recognize or want the program.
Always prefer the custom installation option. PUPs are usually linked with video players and conversions programs, but they can also be found in other software like games or free software. No matter what you download to your computer, it’s important not to trust the standard wizard installation option. Always go for the custom installation and manually choose what to have on your PC.
Uncheck every program that you don’t recognize and don’t really want to install. After going for the custom install option, you may find other selections with toolbars, homepages settings and other undesired tools. The chance is you would see them only after they are already installed. You may find it funny, but these PUPs often have nothing in common with the software you downloaded. Unchecking the selections before installing them may save you from dealing with them afterward.
If didn’t do all the above the last time you installed software on your PC, then there is a great chance you’ve got Study Search Window Ads on your computer exactly in this way.
Here is one golden tip: Always, always pay attention to the small text and check boxes during the install process.
I have Study Search Window Ads on my PC. Now, what?
If your PC is facing this adware, uninstalling it is possible, but could be quite a task. Start by checking your system for software you don’t recognize, but always Google first, before hitting the delete button. You’ll find all the relevant details on how to do this in ourstep by step guide below. It is worth to check it out.
|Name||Study Search Window Ads|
|Danger Level||Medium ( Makes changes in your browser settings and display ads, banners and pop-ups on your screen)|
|Symptoms||Known for adding various types of Ads to webpages you visit.|
|Distribution Method||Often hidden in the installers of other programs.
|Detection Tool||Malware and Adware are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
It is generally advisable to start in Safe mode first – it can be impossible to delete certain files unless you do.
- Next you need to reveal Hidden Files and Folders, because its likely that Study Search Window Ads is using this Windows function against you.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
All programs, which have been installed on your system, should currently appear indexed on your screen. Look for doubtful records and get rid of them. Meticulously read through the text of warnings ,should any appear – most feature convoluted wordings (look at the example below) who aim to install more Adware on your machine.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
Now that you’ve opened the hosts file – look through it. In case your computer has become hacked into you’ll notice a few IP figures listed. Our image can assist you with where to look.
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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 Study Search Window Ads from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click –> Manage Add-ons.
Find the suspicious entry —> Disable. Go to –> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Study Search Window Ads from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click —> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the threat —> Remove.
Remove Study Search Window Ads 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.
- At this point your problem is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are malicious or otherwise not supposed to be there. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the suspicious processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
As soon as the new window opens press CTRL+F simultaneously and put in the adware’s\malicious application’s name, then perform the search. Should any results show up you’ll need to right click and remove them personally. If this option is grayed out you will have to find the directories that store them and delete them from there.
- 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!