This page aims to help you remove the Adfly Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. Adfly Adfly is an app of the malware category known as browser hijackers. Adfly installs in the browser and tampers with its settings without permission, which could open your system to more serious threats. Adfly is a legitimate file-shortening app that monetizes the shortened links. However, due to its involvement with online ads and due to some of its distribution techniques, Adfly is oftentimes referred to as a virus or adware and people usually want to remove it. Here, we will explain to you if and how this app can be problematic and we will tell you how you can get it off your computer in case it is bothering you. If you currently have Adfly in your computer and it is being annoying, you can directly go to our guide that you will find further down and use the instructions there to remove the app. However, it is advisable that you find the time to read the rest of this article because the information here will help you better understand this sort of applications and avoid them in the future. Adf.ly Adf.ly is a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) and we, as well as most other software security researchers, believe that Adf.ly is exactly that. As was mentioned earlier, this is a legitimate app that provides its customers with link-shortening functionality. It also offers the users to get paid for each click on the links that they have shortened using its services. On paper, all of this sounds quite nice - you basically earn money for using this link-shortening service. However, there are some aspects related to this app that may not be as nice. For example, some users report that this app has gotten added to their browser without their informed permission. This most often happens when people install file bundles without taking the time to customize the setup options. If a given file bundle has this, or another PUA integrated with it and the user doesn\u2019t uncheck the unwanted app, the latter would certainly get installed in the computer. Another issue people may have with Adfly is that this PUA may generate ads in the browser and\/or cause redirects to third-party sites. Most users get annoyed by that since the random ads, pop-ups, and page-redirects tend to make navigating through the Internet rather difficult. Oftentimes the ads are superimposed over the main part of the page, covering it and thus forcing the user to click on the advert in order to make it disappear. Probably the biggest issue with potentially unwanted apps like Adfly is that their advertising and page-redirecting activities may open your computer to harmful malware. The PUA itself isn\u2019t harmful - it is a legal piece of software and it won\u2019t harm your system in any way. However, online criminals oftentimes find ways to \u201csteal\u201d legitimate ads and turn them into malware-distribution tools. Such ads are call malvertisements and are one of the most common techniques for spreading Ransomware, Trojans, and other similar threats. If you are ready to take the risk of getting exposed to Ransomware, Spyware, or Trojans, you can keep Adfly and benefit from its services, but we must still warn you about the potential risks of getting random ads shown on your screen. SUMMARY: Name Adfly Type Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk) Symptoms Hijackers are mostly known for their unwanted changes in the browser's settings. Distribution Method Most apps of this category are included in file bundles that install several programs at once. Detection Tool Remove Adfly 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\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(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\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write 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. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove Adfly\u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0Adfly\u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0Adfly\u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a 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: \tHKEY_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----Windows---CurrentVersion---Run-- Random HKEY_CURRENT_USER----Software---Microsoft---Internet Explorer----Main---- Random If the guide doesn't help, download the\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!