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Remove Ad-Maven ads (Improved Guide) - Jan 2021 update

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Why should you know about Ad-Maven ads?

Numerous Ad-Maven ads might disturb browsing sessions by filling your browser with commercial content. Surfing the web might become an annoying and nerve-wracking activity. The program which is responsible for generating these ads often installs on the computer unauthorized and starts injecting ads without much consideration whether you want to see them or not. Nevertheless, this program seems to be a legitimate advertising platform; it’s aggressive marketing strategy made users to the harsh categorization. Many people who have encountered them, call this application as “Ad-Maven virus.” However, we want to point out that technically this program is not a virus.[1] Indeed, this program is annoying because of delivering an excessive amount of pop-ups, banners, video and audio ads, and other advertisements. Probably, you have heard that online ads became extremely dangerous nowadays because infected ads[2] might be placed on legitimate websites.[3] After clicking one of these ads, your computer might be infected with malware.[4] You should remember, though, that you are not obliged to be a part of this shady marketing system, so if you are not content with your browsing experience, remove Ad-Maven from your computer unhesitatingly. We recommend using acknowledged antivirus tools, such as ReimageIntego, to carry out the elimination safely and quickly.

If these ads don’t seem like a problem to you, you should be aware of the few things that are related to your and computer’s security. First, you should keep in mind that Ad-Maven affiliates with a number of third-parties, so it is natural that not all of them may be equally reliable. The program may promote sites which contain questionable content or simply try to push you unnecessary services and products. Ad-Maven redirect strategy may also be applied to send more traffic to the predetermined sites. This would mean that the ads may not disclose the full information about the website or product, or the information may be deceptive. Having this in mind, it can be presumed that none of these ads are completely safe. If you are willing to take the risk in the hope of receiving some valuable offers, you can keep this program installed. Nevertheless, if you are security-cautious, we suggest you not to hesitate and take care of the Ad-Maven removal soon.

Questions about Ad-Maven ads

Ad-Maven adsA screenshot of the official Ad-Maven website.

When was this program installed on my computer?

As we have already mentioned, a concerning feature of this program is that it enters the user’s computers without prior notice. It is usually bundled with freeware and shareware applications and installs along with them when they are downloaded on the computer. Even though legitimate programs may be distributed using this technique, spreading advertising software this way is rather unfair and inconsiderate on the part of the user. Luckily, you can avoid such unwanted programs[5] by simply choosing “Advanced” installation mode when setting up a new application. This way, you will be able to investigate the additional information about the program included in the Terms and Conditions and other documents, as well as terminate the installation of some undesirable applications you may find added to the software package.

Suggestions for Ad-Maven removal

If you are at this part of the article, probably you can no longer stand ads by Ad-Maven. Cyber security specialists always suggest getting rid of unwanted programs as soon as they show up on the computer. The longer they stay in the system, the more annoying activities they might cause. For instance, install shady third-party tools or programs. Thus, if you are not willing to see the annoying ads anymore, you should first find the source of their origin. You may first try to remove Ad-Maven using the Add/Remove Programs function, but if the program is not on the list, you will have to track it down automatically. You can use our expert-prepared instructions to help you in the process. If you find the manual Ad-Maven removal too complex, a better option is simply to scan your system with some reliable antivirus utility and let it deal with the undesirable program automatically.

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To remove Ad-Maven ads, follow these steps:

Delete Ad-Maven from Windows systems

In order to get rid of the Ad-Maven ads, you need to uninstall this program just like an ordinary application from the computer. The instructions below will help you.

To remove Ad-Maven ads from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Ad-Maven ads (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Ad-Maven from Mac OS X system

It’s uncommon for Ad-Maven to sneak inside Mac OS X; however, if it happened, follow the steps below to remove it.

Remove Ad-Maven ads from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Ad-Maven ads-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Ad-Maven ads, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Ad-Maven ads and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Ad-Maven ads-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Ad-Maven from Internet Explorer (IE)

After Ad-Maven hijack, you should check Internet Explorer and look for unknown extensions. If you find any, remove them.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Ad-Maven ads and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Ad-Maven ads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Ad-Maven ads from Microsoft Edge

So-called Ad-Maven virus might have installed unknown third-party tools or apps to Microsoft Edge. Thus, you need to uninstall them.

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Ad-Maven ads-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate Ad-Maven from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of Mozilla’s extensions. If you find suspicious entries installed, please remove them immediately.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Ad-Maven ads and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Ad-Maven ads did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Ad-Maven ads removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Ad-Maven from Google Chrome

Follow the steps below to fix Google Chrome in order to make ads by Ad-Maven to stop.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Ad-Maven ads by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Ad-Maven ads in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Ad-Maven ads-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Ad-Maven ads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Ad-Maven from Safari

The instructions below will help you to remove Ad-Maven ads entirely. Follow them carefully.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Ad-Maven ads and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Ad-Maven registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

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  1. LeilahBent says:
    June 2nd, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Hmm, they need to do something about it! Either they quit or choose what to promote very carefully. Otherwise, this site should be banned

  2. PeaPie says:
    June 2nd, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Luckily, I managed to eliminate this program in time. I did not click on any ads or anything 🙂 The quicker you delete it, the better!

  3. sdl13499 says:
    June 2nd, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I do not see anything bad about making a platform for the companies and startups to advertise..

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