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Remove Adf.ly virus (Virus Removal Guide) - updated May 2019

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

Adf.ly is a legitimate advertising platform, although can be easily exploited by adware that inserts potentially dangerous ads into users' web browsers

Adf.ly website and example of Adf.ly ad asking for user's personal informationAdf.ly is an URL shortening site which can put your security at risk.

Adfly is the website that promotes its link-shortening[1] service and also offers users to monetize by doing so. Unfortunately, due to the nature of such service, it is often associated with potentially unwanted programs, such as adware. PUPs usually are inserted into systems by using bundling[2] and convincing the user to approve the Adfly “Press allow to continue” button which leads to enabling changes on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or another browser.

Questions about Adf.ly virus

Once Adfly virus is established, it will redirect users to suspicious sites, display pop-ups, deals, offers, banners, and other commercial content, and possibly change the homepage to Adf.ly/ad/locked?user_id=. Additionally, users have been recently attacked by adware that also pushes notifications from Uclaut.net – a site that is associated with Adfly service. In some cases, the unwanted activity of adware might result in malware infections, money loss, or even identity theft.

Name Adfly
Type Adware
Related Uclaut.net
Danger level Medium
Symptoms Starts delivering Ads by Adfly, might redirect to suspicious websites and infiltrate the system with other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)
Distribution Reaches the system via bundling scheme or malicious links
Removal The safest option to uninstall Adfly is to get ReimageIntego or another reliable antivirus 

Usually, users who encounter Adfly virus are redirected to various unsafe websites. This happens when they click on the potentially dangerous link which is programmed to lead to the suspicious page. Unfortunately, criminals aim to distribute malware[3] via infected links. Thus, computer users are advised to stay away from all untrustworthy links that are related to this program.

Be aware that Adfly developers are not criminals, although cybercrooks might use service they provide in order to inject malicious ads into users' web browsers with the help of adware or other potentially unwanted programs. Thus, the best is not to interact with ads that are marked by Adfly. Same goes for rerouting techniques – if you get redirected to the questionable site, simply leave it without clicking on anything.

Some computer users have been discussing Adfly and its redirecting capabilities in tech forums. People claim that this advertising program takes them to pages such as Gloyah.net and other malicious sources while downloading various add-ons, including Minecraft-based ones. Nevertheless, users claim that they have tried a big variety of antivirus tools and they are not capable of stopping redirects to these third-party websites.

Adf.ly virus can be designed to install malwareAd.Fly ads might sometimes redirect users to malware-laden sites.

Adfly redirects start once the computer is infected with an adware program. This happens when people do not pay attention to the installation of free programs, and the hidden PUP sneaks into the system without direct permission. Once inside the system, it can start redirects not only to Adfly domain but to tech support scam, phishing, spoofing,[4] and other dangerous sites.

You can detect Adfly adware if you notice the following notifications on your browser's status bar:

  • Read Adf.ly;
  • Waiting for Adf.ly;
  • Looking up Adf.ly;
  • Connected to Adf.ly.

Unfortunately, one of the primary goals of Adf.ly is to help generate revenue, and that does not act in the best interest of the computer user. Likewise, if you keep the ads produced by this service on your computer, there is a substantial risk that it will start to:

  • crash;
  • freeze;
  • load programs longer.

Therefore, we not only recommend you to click skip ad button if you see Adfly ads but also get rid of this controversial program that might put your computer's security at risk. Since adware programs have uncountable extra elements all across the system, the wisest decision would be to get an antivirus.

Adf.ly virus imageEven tough the advertisement service is legitimate, it does not mean it is entirely safe.

We suggest that you remove Adf.ly using anti-malware program such as ReimageIntego. Numerous reports are stating that this suspicious computer infection refuses to go away quickly, so we do not recommend you to waste your time by trying to delete such PUP from your computer system manually.

Adf.ly virus example

Although, you can prepare your system for Adfly removal by following simple steps which are presented at the end of this article. These guidelines will help you ensure that the adware wouldn't reappear on the PC after some time. Thus, follow them attentively.

Attention during the installation of software can help avoid infections of adware

Adf.ly virus displays potentially dangerous adsAdfly redirects can often lead to scam, phishing or other dangerous sites that are blocked if reputable security software is installed on the system.

Adware which is designed to deliver Adf.ly ads is distributed in one package with other third-party software offered on unreliable websites. This spreading technique is known as product bundling and allows the developers to trick inattentive users downloading the ad-supported program.

Adf.ly virusAdf.ly is a service developed to display commercial content which can be dangerous. Thus, never click on delivered ads by the adware.

It is critical to know how to avoid installing unsolicited programs. Fortunately, all you have to do is to follow a simple four-step guide to avoid adware:

  1. Avoid installing programs with Quick/Recommended parameters;
  2. Choose Custom/Advanced installation settings when installing freeware or shareware on your computer;
  3. De-select agreements to install third-party software and proceed to the next step in the software installation wizard;
  4. Use and update a reputable antivirus at all times.

Learn how to get rid of Adf.ly virus permanently

Unfortunately, Adf.ly removal is reported to be complicated. In other terms, there is merely one way how you can get rid of it for good — automatic elimination with professional security software. 

However, you can prepare your computer's system by following several guidelines below. Later, download a robust antivirus and let it scan your files. Note, that this is the easiest way to remove Adfly as it will be eliminated permanently.

If you have any doubts, keep in mind that leaving this adware on the system can put you in danger of clicking on a malicious ad delivered to you by Adf.ly virus.

BedyNet.ru[5] experts warn to be careful with such warnings because they might destroy your computer system. No matter that Adfly URL-shrinking service says that it practices safe advertising, we have serious doubts about that. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Adf.ly virus, follow these steps:

Erase Adf.ly from Windows systems

Most of Windows users report the infection to be persistent. Thus, here is the guide on how to start the permanent Adf.ly removal.

To remove Adf.ly 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 Adf.ly (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 Adf.ly from Mac OS X system

It is essential to not only uninstall Adfly but also get rid of related programs from your Mac.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Adf.ly from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Adf.ly-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 Adf.ly, 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 Adf.ly and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Adf.ly-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Adf.ly from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Adf.ly 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, Google.com).
  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 Adf.ly removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Adf.ly virus from Microsoft Edge

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 Adf.ly-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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 Adf.ly from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 Adf.ly and click Remove.Remove extensions from 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

In case Adf.ly 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 Adf.ly removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete Adf.ly from Google Chrome

If adware has infused intrusive ads on Chrome, you should delete suspicious extensions that are related to Adf.ly.

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 Adf.ly 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Adf.ly-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 Adf.ly removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Adf.ly from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Adf.ly 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

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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