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Remove (Removal Instructions) - Jul 2020 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Adnetworkperformance ads continue to bother computer users example functions as a marketing platform used by third parties to promote their products or servers. This ad network might start delivering ads to you right after installing an untrustworthy free program that installed an adware program alongside itself.

Experts claim that this ad network is considered to be untrustworthy as it is often used to spread potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), such as adware and browser hijackers.

These PUPs are usually installed on the system with the help of fake ads. These ads usually tell people that they need to download required updates to their computers, fix some security related issues with suggested PC optimization programs and so on.

Besides, this adware might bombard Internet users with fake pop-ups and error alerts and suggest contacting “Microsoft tech support experts.” In reality, Microsoft does not provide its tech service via such fishy methods[1]. Here are some tips you might need to take into account:

  • Neither Google nor Facebook gives away rewards via Google Reward Center or similar shady website.
  • Adware pop-up alerts often ask you to complete a survey and disclose your mobile phone number or email address. Such information is private and can be used to send you spam.
  • You should never agree to install toolbars, programs or software updates that are advertised via annoying pop-up ads. They are likely to be useless and pose a threat to your privacy.

The emergence of these pop-up ads should prompt you to check the system with reliable security software and eliminate malware from it. For a full removal we highly recommend Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes

This URL address mostly starts interrupting people in a form of new tab window ads [2]. When you get redirected to, Adnetworkperformance ads will appear.

These ads can be seen on either Windows OS or Mac Os X and there are thousands of people who have already reported about this issue. [3] The most affected country is considered Germany [4] and Spain [5]. pop-up ads illustration virus can be very intrusive with the ads, pop-ups and banners that it injects on the infected computer browsers. Such continuous flow of ads undoubtedly deteriorates the web browsing experience and inflicts stress on the users.

The content of the Ad network performance pop-up message varies, but, in most of the cases, it informs people about missing software updates, requires to participate in an online survey, offers to check the Internet speed for free or the system for viruses, and so on. Lately, the described ad network started collaborating with sites such as or and delivering Russian ads to the victims.

Unfortunately, but all these offers are bogus, so taking an advantage of any of them can lead you to one serious consequence – infiltration of unwanted programs, such as Google redirect, DNS-Locker, ZoomEx, and so on. Besides, this PUP can also track you while you are browsing the Internet and collect non-personal information about you.

Mostly, this data is used for showing tempting ads but it can also be sold to third parties seeking to use it for illegal aims. Because of these reasons, we don't see any reason why you should leave this adware on your computer – you must remove and all related files from the system as soon as you see its first popup.

Ways to infect a computer with ad-supported programs

Applications that belong to this category of cyber threats typically spread bundled with other free programs, including but not limited to download managers, PDF creators, media players, and so on. The adware that is responsible for ads is set to hijack web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) and then initiate various unauthorized activities in order to:

  • Generate pay-per-click [6] income;
  • Boost traffic to the websites of its affiliates;
  • Spread third-party programs (add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, extensions);
  • Collect information about its users.

Therefore, to protect your computer from irritating Adnetworkperformance pop-ups, avoid installing other potentially unwanted programs, take the installation of free programs more seriously and always check Advanced/Custom installation settings.

These settings will let you decompose a software pack in case you accidentally download one. They are set to disclose all components, including third-party toolbars, extensions, plug-ins, etc. and provide users with permission to deselect the ones that are unwanted.

Signs of infection

In fact, it's very easy to reveal that you are affected by adware. As soon as your web browser starts showing advertisements (pop-up and new tab ads) that tend not to show ever before, the infection can be suspected.

Questions about

If this domain shows up in browser windows that display these advertisements, then there is no doubt that you're dealing with hijack. To illustrate how misleading redirects to various offers can be, we will provide you with a couple of ads examples:

Your IP was chosen as a candidate to win IPad.
1 new message. Click here to win IPad.

IMPORTANT: Your personal data could be at risk if not running a proper security protection.
Please call XXX to help remove or prevent any threats on your computer.

There was a problem displaying Flash Video content on your system. It seems you have an outdated version Adobe Flash Player installed. To view Flash Video content on this web page you will have to update your Adobe Flash Player.
To download a new Adobe Flash Player, click “Continue.”

Remove ads and fix affected browsers

You can get rid of this adware manually, automatically, or use both methods. If you decide to remove virus manually, below instructions will come in handy.

Adware-type programs usually add themselves to the Programs and Features list, so they can be found and uninstalled via this section on Control Panel.

Unfortunately, such removal method may be unsuccessful since adware can have additional components and keep working even after the removal of the main file.

Besides, by fixing the PC manually, you may leave other PUPs installed. Therefore, to protect the system fully, we recommend using a reputable anti-malware.

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, follow these steps:

Remove from Windows systems

We don't recommend using manual removal method when dealing with Adnetwork performance pop-ups. It can be related to different adware-type programs that have to be removed to get rid of annoying ads in the new tab URL.

However, if you think that you are ready to do that, you should get rid of every suspicious application that was created by an unknown developer.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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'

Delete from Mac OS X system

If your Mac OS X is affected by adware, you should check the list of your recently-installed programs and remove the ones that seem unknown and suspicious. Usually, they belong to unfamiliar developers.

  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 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'

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

Uninstall from Microsoft Edge

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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If you have been seeing ads and sponsored links on Firefox browser, it is likely that the virus has installed some its components on the browser as well.

There might be some suspicious toolbars, add-ons or other extensions that you want to uninstall from your browser without delay.

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

Get rid of from Google Chrome

Fix Chrome by deleting all of unknown and shady-looking extensions from it. To do this, you need to access Extensions panel first.

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

Remove 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 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 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. Francois Heroez says:
    November 16th, 2015 at 8:56 am

    post pop up errors in my browser… maybe not yours, but mine.

  2. Bingi Audena says:
    November 16th, 2015 at 8:59 am

    As noted in the article, keeps tricking me that i need software updates. Downloaded Java and Flash Player. Not suffers from more and more ads. Planning to scan the system with anti-malware since I dont even imagine where to start removal of pop-ups

  3. Sarah Db says:
    November 16th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    if you know for sure which app causes pop-ups, then ok, you can try to get rid if them manually. Otherwise, you may need to delete all free apps, so ive decided to remove it with anti-malware.

  4. david elbaz says:
    November 16th, 2015 at 9:02 am

    sooo catchy, those ads are really convincing. Would never thought that those sofwtare updates are fake

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