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Remove Ads by Selection Tools

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

Are you looking for a solution to get rid of Selection Tools ads? Luckily, you have just accessed the right page. In this post, we will briefly explain what causes such advertisements to show up during web browsing and how to terminate them once and for all.

What are ‘Ads by Selection Tools’ and what is their purpose?

Ads by Selection Tools are a misleading pop-up, pop-under, banner, interstitial ads, in-text links, full page ads, and other forms of commercial and non-commercial advertisements. Typically, they show up during web browsing that is implemented using either Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. The majority of them are marked with slogans like ‘Ads by Selection Tools,’ ‘Selection Tools Ads,’ ‘Brought by Selection Tools,’ and so on. Unfortunately, some of the pop-ups may be tagless, so if your web browser generates some unauthorized and some labeled ads, make sure that you DO NOT click on them.

The purpose of Selection Tools ads is simple – to generate financial income for its developers and affiliates. Each of those popups is sponsored by third parties and linked to predetermined websites. Consequently, clicking on any of them cause redirects to affiliate pages and increase their visitor’s rate. Unfortunately, some of the Selection Tools popups may not be safe to encounter as they may be linked to doubtful/unsafe third-party websites.

Selection Tools ads

What causes such advertisements to show up within web browsers?

Questions about Ads by Selection Tools

In fact, the advertisements that we have presented above are brought by Selection Tools adware, which is also known as PUP (potentially unwanted program). It means that the emergence of the advertisements indicate the fact that your PC’s system is infected with the low danger level cyber threat. Even though it cannot be called malicious, you should keep in mind that it may:

  • Try to use cookies and investigate your online activities. Selection Tools virus may collect such information as your search queries; websites visited, data entered, clicks, your IP address, email address, etc.
  • Also, you should try to prevent Selection Tools redirects. As noted before, this misleading add-on is mainly used for affiliate marketing and associated with questionable third parties. Consequently, whenever you click on one of its ads, you may be rerouted to a questionable website and tricked into installing other PUP or even virus.
  • Finally, Selection Tools adware may cause system slowdowns, increase the vulnerability of the PC or even connect to the Internet suspiciously.

Having all this in mind, you should not let this adware hide in your PC any longer. In fact, you should scan the PC with a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner and remove Selection Tools virus for good.

How can Selection Tools hijack web browsers?

In the majority of the cases, Selection Tools virus is spread via freewares/sharewares that are promoted via both well-known and suspicious download pages. That’s why we always recommend checking download sources and investigating freewares before downloading them. The majority of users does one big mistake – they simply click the ‘next’ button all the time and do not read the notifications provided on the check boxes. If you want to avoid Selection Tools virus on your PC, you should opt for Advanced or Custom installation mode and monitor the whole installation process.

If you have read this post because you are a security minded person, then it’s OK. However, if Selection Tools malware is causing you troubles, then you should open Page2 of this post and find removal instructions there.

How to remove the adware-type program?

You can remove Selection Tools virus both manually and automatically. The 2-spyware team has tested this adware and submitted the instructions that can help you remove the adware by yourself. Nevertheless, experts highly recommend you to perform Selection Tools removal automatically as it may be just a part of your PC’s problems.

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To remove Selection Tools ads, follow these steps:

Remove Selection Tools from Windows systems

  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 Selection Tools and related programs
    Here, look for Selection Tools 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'

Erase Selection Tools 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 Selection Tools 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'

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

Eliminate Selection Tools 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, Selection Tools should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Selection Tools 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 Selection Tools 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 Selection Tools removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Selection Tools from Google Chrome

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

Remove Selection Tools 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 Selection Tools 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 Selection Tools removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Sharon Romes says:
    January 16th, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Im a follower of your page already a couple of years. I always wanted to say THANK YOU for the help to foght with cyber threats. I have been tricked into installing Selection Tools adware and have suffered its ads for a long time. Thanks for you guys because I have removed it from the system successfully.

  2. Krypt1k says:
    January 16th, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Selection Tools adware infected my Mac. Very irritating app

  3. Jimmy Kwok says:
    January 16th, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I had to struggle woth Selection Tools removal. I couldnt remove it via Control Panel as it simply wasnt there. I looked everywhere, but the main executable of this program were really invisible, so I had to use antimalware.

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