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Ads by Lyrics. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

Ads by Lyrics – adware-related ads that keep redirecting victims to sites that have been labeled as highly suspicious

Ads by Lyrics
Ads by Lyrics is a potentially unwanted program that allegedly helps users to find lyrics online. However, users complained about excessive amount of ads that come with it.

Ads by Lyrics are fake notifications displayed by an adware-related program installed on the system. Typically, it can be installed on the system after convincing its victims about “useful” features. In this case, the virus claims that it can help its user find lyrics of beloved songs. However, this is just a trick used by developers to attract more audience. In reality, Lyrics virus uses the pay-per-click technique to gain revenue from users who step on its pop-ups. If you keep this dubious application installed, beware that it will keep redirecting you to questionable-looking websites and display irritating advertisements starting slowing down your web browser and causing other issues. Besides, note that it can show up on your computer without your intention.

Name Lyrics virus
Category Adware
Sub-category PUP
detected as
  • PUP.Optional.A2ZLyrics.A (Malwarebytes anti-malware) 
  • Adware:Win32/AddLyrics (Windows defender antivirus)
Windows task YTLUpdater.exe
Symptoms Continuous redirects to sponsored sites, numerous advertisements displayed, altered browsers' settings
Browsers affected Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.
Prevention
  • Check freeware before installing and do not fall for its promises;
  • Use the Custom/Advanced installation mode to prevent optional components;
  • Do not click on spammy ads
Elimination Install Reimage and detect PUPs hiding on the system

Adware-type programs usually do not bring anything good for the user. These applications are created only for beneficial reasons. However, once this PUP infiltrates the system, it adds YTLUpdater.exe Windows task which is launched with every system's startup. Additionally, it drops these files on Google Chrome web browser: 

  • addlyrics128.png
  • addlyrics16.png
  • addlyrics48.png
  • background.html
  • background.js
  • contentscript.js
  • no nomanifest.json
  • etc.

IE web browser is altered by entering these components:

  • AddLyrics.dll
  • r.log
  • YTLUpdater.exe

If you ever notice commercial content on your computer system, be sure to remove Lyrics ads as soon as possible. Remember, the longer you keep dubious applications on the system, the more annoying their advertising campaigns will get.

Alternatively known as Lyrics ads, these pop-up messages can redirect you to a potentially dangerous website. It is known that such potentially unwanted programs often take users to developer-promoted pages, however, some of which might lack protection and include dangerous content. You can get your computer easily affected by a Trojan horse[1] or other malware[2].

Another reason to perform Lyrics virus removal is its ability to collect browsing-related data. This information can be misused by criminals who are trying to bing unaware users to their websites. However, according to PUP's privacy policy, the data is mostly used to display tempting ads on victim's browser during the use of the site:

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements on this site and other sites about goods and services that may be of interest to you.

If you are ready to get rid of annoying ads, you can use Reimage or your own anti-spyware to scan your computer system. It will help you detect the ad-supported program by presenting it as Adware:Win32/AddLyrics or similar. You can also check our provided manual elimination instructions that you can find below this article.

Lyrics adware has numerous versions similar to it

According to cybersecurity experts[3], potentially unwanted programs such as browser hijackers or our beforementioned ad-supported applications almost always look similar to one another. Nevertheless, some of them have other newer older versions which have the same operating principle, spreading techniques, symptoms, and features.

Here are some other versions of this adware:

  • add lyrics
  • a2zLyrics;
  • a2zLyrics-1;
  • AZLyrics;
  • LyricShow;
  • LyricsGet;
  • LyricsContainer;
  • LyricsWatch;
  • LyricsArt;
  • Lyrics Bot;
  • LyricsTab;
  • Lyrics Buddy;
  • FoxyLyrics;
  • LyricsViewer
  • etc.

All of these potentially unwanted programs act the same as Lyrics adware. They are known for displaying various advertising posts such as pop-unders, pop-ups, banners[4], and coupons, which interrupt the user's computing work and make the browsing process more difficult to maintain.

Potentially unwanted programs come with bundled freeware

You can find some free software sharing sources on the Internet. All of them are mostly created by third-parties and do not have very high-security requirements. As a result, numerous developers can put unwanted components into the package of the regular software. After that, while installing such freeware, users secretly get the adware installed also. Good news, you can avoid this type of cruel activity! All you have to do is carefully complete all installing steps and not miss any single one.

Moreover, you should never use the Quick or Recommended installation mode. We suggest picking the Custom/Advanced option. This is way safer and will allow you to track all incoming downloads. Scroll down through all programs you are downloading and opt-out all components that you did not request for or those which look dubious to you.

Delete Ads by Lyrics automatically or manually

If adware has infiltrated your computer system, there is a big chance that you will find unwanted components in your web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and others. To remove Lyrics virus and other unneeded content, you should think about downloading and installing a reputable anti-malware tool.

Furthermore, you can perform the Ads by Lyrics removal by using our below-provided instructions. You will need to eliminate all adware-added browser extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from the infected web browsers. After you finish the process, make sure to memorize the beforementioned precautionary measures that we have provided in this article!

 

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To remove Lyrics ads, follow these steps:

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Erase Lyrics from Windows systems

To get rid of Lyrics ads from Windows operating system, you should find all unwanted content related to Lyrics phrase. Use these instructions for help:

  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 Lyrics and related programs
    Here, look for Lyrics 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'
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Get rid of Lyrics from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To delete Lyrics adware from Mozilla Firefox web browser, check recently-installed add-ons and delete them. You can also reset your web browser:

  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 Lyrics 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 Lyrics removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove Lyrics from Google Chrome

To uninstall the adware from Chrome, perform these steps to get rid of any related content:

  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 Lyrics 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 Lyrics removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Lyrics 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 Lyrics 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 Lyrics removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate Lyrics ads 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, Lyrics should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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