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Remove Ad-Maven ads (Improved Guide) - Mar 2017 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner , 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 ads
A 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.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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. If you are 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall Ad-Maven and related programs
    Here, look for Ad-Maven or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

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.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Ad-Maven or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

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.

  1. 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. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Ad-Maven and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Ad-Maven removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

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.

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Ad-Maven should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Ad-Maven from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Ad-Maven and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Ad-Maven removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Ad-Maven from Google Chrome

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

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Ad-Maven and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Ad-Maven removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Ad-Maven from Safari

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

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Ad-Maven or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Ad-Maven removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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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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