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Remove Ads by Lyrics (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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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 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.
  • 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
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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 Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 adwareAds by Lyrics is an adware application that can be downloaded on a third-party website or injected via software bundling.

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:

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:

To remove Lyrics 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 Lyrics (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 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:

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 Lyrics 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 Lyrics 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 Lyrics removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Lyrics from Google Chrome

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

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 Lyrics 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 Lyrics-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 Lyrics removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Lyrics 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 Lyrics 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,
  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 Lyrics removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Lyrics ads 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 Lyrics-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

Erase Lyrics 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 Lyrics 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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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