Also known as: Ad Choices
Severity scale: (80 / 100)
AdChoices (can also be found as AdChoices virus) is an untrustworthy program, which can be included to 'adware' category. The main reason explaining why we say so is that it has ability to display enormous amount of commercial pop-up ads every time people start their browsing (these messages mostly appear on the right side of the desktop). They should show up when you visit Youtube, Facebook and other sites, but you may also notice them when your browser is NOT opened. Besides, just like any other adware, AdChoices infiltrates systems without a proper permission asked. It does that with a help of freeware. Officially, this program should inform you about various commercial deals, such as coupons, discounts, price comparisons and similar things. However, noone can guarantee that they won't force you to visit an insecure website. That's why we recommend being very careful when having AdChoices installed on the system. If you want to get rid of its ads, you should eliminate this program from your computer.
WHY DO I SEE ADCHOICES ADS ON MY COMPUTER?
AdChoices starts showing its ads as soon as it installs on its target PC. In most of the cases, users unintentionally agree to install this adware on their computers when they download freeware or shareware. Besides, according to victims, Incredibar and Babylon may also be a cause of AdChoices redirects. If you want to prevent this or any other adware, don't forget to keep an eye on the installation process of the freeware. You should choose a Custom or Advanced installation and uncheck unfamiliar check marks. If AdChoices gets inside the system, this program may start initiating serious havoc there. Beware that its ads may redirect you to unsafe websites that distribute not only promoted products but malware as well. That's why we don't recommend leaving AdChoices on computer.
HOW TO REMOVE ADCHOICES?
In order to remove AdChoices ads, you should scan your PC with updated anti-spyware at first. In addition, check the manual removal guide and get rid of this adware-type application for good:
Automatic AdChoices Removal Guide
You can remove AdChoices automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.
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Help Line to remove AdChoices
Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Here, look for AdChoices or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
Remove dangerous add-ons
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for AdChoices and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
Here, remove malicious URL and enter your preferred domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Remove dangerous extensions
Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
Here, select Reset.
When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete AdChoices removal.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Here, select AdChoices and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete AdChoices removal.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Here, select AdChoices and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
Click Reset to confirm this action and complete AdChoices removal.
What is adware?
Adware is a program that displays advertisements while people are browsing online. Advertisements appear in a web browser, pop-up windows, special toolbars or within the host program. Adware also can gather information about user’s habits and interests. Once it collects what it needs, it sends it out through a background Internet connection. Such behavior allows adware vendors to deliver targeted advertisements to the end user and collect general statistics. However, it may also be used for stealing people’s private data.
Adware is divided into parasitical and legitimate applications. Illegal advertising programs are very similar to spyware parasites and often have some of their functions. They can be installed without user's knowledge and start working every time a computer is rebooted. However, they are less dangerous than rogues because the most of such parasites are primarily intended to collect user’s personal information for marketing and advertising purposes. Unfortunately, you can never know what other purposes it can be used for.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by AdChoices:
• Appearance of annoying pop-up ads
• Appearance of banners and in-text ads
• Redirects to unknown and suspicious websites
• Changes in homepage and default search engine
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser
Geolocation of AdChoices:
This map reveals the prevalence of AdChoices. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States, United Kingdom, India and Canada.
QR code for AdChoices removal instructions:
QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like AdChoices are really hard to remove on infected computer.
you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall AdChoices right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.
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Information added: 2014-08-13 01:54:49
Information updated: 2014-08-13 01:54:49
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