Turbo Ad Blocker


Turbo Ad Blocker

Turbo Ad Blocker is the program likely responsible for the numerous ads that you have been seeing lately on your screen. Turbo Ad Blocker is what’s known as a browser hijacker and its primary goal is to generate large quantities of online ads in your browser.

Turbo Ad Blocker

Turbo Ad Blocker will display pop up ads and promote different sites

But this type of software gets its name from the fact that it can actually alter some key settings in your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other favorite browser. Namely, it will likely introduce a new homepage and possibly also change the default search engine to a different one. This enables the hijacker to drive more traffic to these websites, which in turn the developers of this software may earn commission on. The same also goes for the many ads we mentioned.

Typically, they are part of popular online business models such as Pay Per Click and Pay Per View, which ensure that every time a user clicks on (or views) a certain popup, banner or other form of ad, the developers earn revenue. And all of this sounds fine and dandy, however, there’s really nothing in it for the end user – as in you. Furthermore, it can be very frustrating to have to deal with constant page redirects, and the unsolicited changes to your browser’s appearance and behavior. Therefore, most people who’ve been faced with hijackers and similar software simply prefer to remove the annoying piece of programming and be done with it. For this reason, our specialists have devised a special removal guide to help you with this process, and you can find it just below this post.

The hidden dangers

Although Turbo Ad Blocker is not considered to be malicious or harmful in any way, it does have certain aspects that don’t allow for it to be classified as entirely safe either. For example, as a result of its intensive advertising activities, a browser hijacker like this could expose your system to viruses and other threats. You could end up being redirected to a page or website that is insecure and has had malware embedded in it such as Trojan horse viruses, ransomware, root kits, worms, etc.

In addition, it’s a public secret at this point that browser hijackers can easily monitor your browsing patterns to compile a consumer profile on each individual user. This allows for the program in question to display a more tailored stream of online ads on your screen and hence maximize profits for its developers. But in addition, this information can be sold to other companies for even more money later on. And if you haven’t knowingly agreed to this, it might not run so smoothly with you.

Furthermore, browser hijackers usually get installed in a sneaky way, which doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of trust either. Their creators normally hide them in the setup of other software that you would be more likely to willingly download. And if you aren’t paying close attention when installing that software, you may also allow the added components such as a browser hijacker to be installed alongside it.

SUMMARY:

Name Turbo Ad Blocker
Type Adware
Detection Tool

Remove Turbo Ad Blocker

To try and remove Turbo Ad Blocker quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Turbo Ad Blocker extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Turbo Ad Blocker by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Turbo Ad Blocker and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Turbo Ad Blocker removal guide below.

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


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    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. 

    Step3

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    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.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    Step5

    • 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).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Turbo Ad Blocker from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Turbo Ad Blocker from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Turbo Ad Blocker from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Step6

    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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      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!

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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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