Title: Adpeak
Type: Adware

Remove Adpeak
Removal instructions

 
Severity scale:Adpeak severity is 12  (12 / 100)
 

Adpeak is a potentially unwanted program, which can show up on your computer without downloading it there. It's mostly spread together with Scorpion Saver, which has already initiated various discussions online. Many security vendors have tested this application but they haven't found any relations to viruses. It seems that the main problems is Adpeak's distribution method and its additional activity, which is based on continuous advertisements and redirections to unknown websites. We highly recommend ignoring these ads because they may trick you into installing useless programs. If you noticed Adpeak on your computer, you should check it with reliable anti-spware and remove malicious files.

How can Adpeak infiltrate my computer?

Adpeak is mostly spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware. We have discussed about this distribution method for hundreds of times. If you still don't know, how to avoid such infiltration, keep in mind that the easiest way to do that is to rely on Custom or Advanced installation. After choosing it, make sure that you deselect all checkboxes that claim that you agree to install Adpeak, Scorpion Saver and other adware. If you downloaded this program on your computer, you may notice its comemrcial ads. Besides, such programs may also be set to alter start page or default search engine and other settings.

How to remove Adpeak?

If you want to get rid of Adpeak, Scorpion Saver and other PUPs, you should follow these instructions:

Automatic Adpeak Removal Guide

You can remove Adpeak 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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SpyHunter is recommended remover to uninstall Adpeak. You should confirm using free trial that it detects current version of parasite.

Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

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Manual Adpeak Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Adpeak and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Adpeak 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.

Step 2: Remove Adpeak from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
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
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Adpeak and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • 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.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • 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 Adpeak removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Adpeak and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Adpeak removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Adpeak 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.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • 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 Adpeak 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 Adpeak:

•  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 Adpeak:

This map reveals the prevalence of Adpeak. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.

QR code for Adpeak removal instructions:

Adpeak qrcode
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 Adpeak 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 Adpeak right in your pocket.

Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2014-08-19 11:56:43
Information updated: 2014-08-19 11:56:43

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