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Remove AdBlaster (Removal Guide) - Jul 2017 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

AdBlaster promises to boost your web traffic but actually proliferates spam

AdBlaster virus

AdBlaster is a suspicious computer application that has been labeled an adware [1]. Nevertheless, computer security specialists categorize it more specifically as spyware and an ad client hosted on domain. This means that this potentially unwanted program (PUP) may start showing you its ads out of nowhere because it is capable of entering computers unnoticed.

Once this program infiltrates the system, it may start its activity by implementing specific modifications that typically affect the installed web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.

As you may have already understood, the aim of this article is not to promote this software but rather warn you about the dangers related to it and instruct you on AdBlaster removal options.

You will find manual adware elimination instructions at the end of this article, but if you want to get rid of the virus immediately, you should definitely try out automatic extermination options and scan your system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego antivirus software.

Questions about AdBlaster

Besides from sneaking into the computers without permission, the parasite also pretends to be a handy advertising service which people can use to promote their own services or products. Here is how this software is described in one of the websites that promote it.

AdBlaster submits your Ad to more than 2,500,000 Advertising Web sites and to 1,000 Advertising Networks across the net.

Image displaying AdBlaster adware sitesIn this image you can see an illustration of AdBlaster scam websites via which it lures users into using its services.

Unfortunately, that is not what the software is actually up to.

Users, who mostly originate from Germany [2], report a strange behavior on their email accounts after providing a Gmail address when registering for the service. People claim to be getting a lot of spam and plain scam emails trying to lure out their sensitive information, getting them to download suspicious software or visit unsafe web pages.

Regardless of whether you subscribe to this service as an advertiser or the malware sneaks into your PC to promote other websites and services, the web browsing on the infected computer will become practically unbearable.

Due to the program’s redirect tendencies, you will start ending up on the pages the ad publisher wants you to land on. You should be very careful with AdBlaster redirects because you can never know what sites it may promote.

If you want to keep your search queries, data that you enter on your favorite sites or time that you spent on each of them private, you should remove Ad Blaster virus from your computer. No matter that this program doesn't carry any destructive payload, it should be avoided.

The main principles of adware hijack

As we have already mentioned, “Ads by Ad Blaster” may start bothering you out of nowhere. That's because this PUP is actively spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware [3].

Fortunately, there is one way for you to avoid this and similar programs that are added to download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software and similar programs. For that, you should start checking programs before downloading them to your computer.

If you need PDF creator or download manager, make sure you select “Custom” or “Advanced” installation option when downloading it to your computer.

Once you do so, look for “optional” downloads and opt out of them.

You should try to avoid all browser add-ons, toolbars, extensions, plugins, etc. because they may additionally be used for previously mentioned activities.

If AdBlaster has already started bothering you with its pop-up ads, redirects, slow downs and similar activities, you shouldn't wait for additional inconveniences. Act now and remove this adware-type program.

Unfortunately, sometimes AdBlaster adware is able to complicate its removal by reinstalling itself. That's why we recommend using programs that are given the following section. They will help you to remove all potentially unwanted programs that may be hiding in your PC system.

Finding the easy way to remove AdBlaster from the infected PC

As you may have already learned from the previous section, if you don’t want to waste your time on AdBlaster removal, you should be careful when installing new software on your PC.

However, if it so happened that you accidentally let the adware to install on your computer, you should get rid of it without delay. Remove AdBlaster with one of our recommended antivirus utilities or manually, following guidelines our experts provide below the article.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove AdBlaster, follow these steps:

Uninstall AdBlaster from Windows systems

Below you will find comprehensive guide to understanding main principles of manual AdBlaster removal from the computer.

  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 AdBlaster and related programs
    Here, look for AdBlaster 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'

Remove AdBlaster from Mac OS X system

  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 AdBlaster 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 AdBlaster from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 AdBlaster 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 AdBlaster removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete AdBlaster from Microsoft Edge

If you find that your MS Edge is being bombarded with Adblaster ads, you should remove the parasite from your PC and perform browser reset immediately.

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, AdBlaster should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of AdBlaster from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 AdBlaster 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 AdBlaster removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate AdBlaster from Google Chrome

In order to remove the adware from your PC, you should check your browsers for additional components that might have appeared there without your knowledge. Such elements should be removed and the browser reset as shown in the tutorial below:

  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 AdBlaster 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 AdBlaster removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall AdBlaster from Safari

  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 AdBlaster 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 AdBlaster removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

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

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Marietha says:
    June 3rd, 2004 at 3:06 am

    Must be the most annoying pop up in computer history – and IMPOSSIBLE to remove without spending lots of money. Don't ever download music off the internet again – it kills your computer.

  2. Guest says:
    October 29th, 2004 at 7:10 am

    Adblaster is promoted with headlines like:
    AdBlaster – Submits your Ad to over 2 Million Pages!
    AdBlast Your Ad to Thousands with Our Adblaster Service!

  3. says:
    January 31st, 2005 at 1:01 pm

    good luck to remove it.

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