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Remove Ads by SoftPulse

removal by Alice Woods - -   Also known as SoftPulse ads, SoftPulse adware, SoftPulse virus | Type: Adware

What is SoftPulse?

SoftPulse is an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that may initiate various system modifications and cause a serious havoc on your web browser. No matter if you are using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, SoftPulse may infiltrate each of them. Once inside, it may insert a key in the Windows startup, install various registries and corrupt certain settings on each of them. Security experts warn that this app may cause various computer issues and urge to eliminate it as soon as possible. Do not get us wrong! We are not claiming that SoftPulse is a virus. It's not malicious and can hardly affect PC's operating system. However, it's developers are using misleading marketing techniques to generate financial profit with the help of this app. For example, they employ various freewares and sharewares to spread SoftPulse add-on as an additional component. This way, many people fall into installing it without being aware of such an app at all. In addition to that, it's set to display tons of commercial advertisements. You will certainly distinguish which ads are brought by this adware since they are, usually, marked as 'Ads by SoftPulse'. In most of the cases, these ads inform about various commercial offers and seem reliable. However, after clicking on one of the SoftPulse ads you may be rerouted to a website that has nothing in common with the content of the advertisements. This way, third parties trick people into visiting predetermined websites and increasing their rank. However, no one can guarantee that SoftPulse redirects will make you visit reliable websites. Keep in mind the possibility that you may be rerouted to a website managed by cyber criminals, you should delete SoftPulse virus right away. For that, we recommend using Reimage.

How can SoftPulse hijack my computer?

SoftPulse is not a malicious program and can hardly affect your computer. However, it may expose you to suspicious content during browsing and make visiting untrustworthy websites. Security experts also want to draw your attention to the fact that SoftPulse adware may also try to collect information about your browsing habits (search terms, websites visited, data entered, IP address, email address, etc.). Such activity might be treated as harmless; however, you should not forget how easily adwares may be exploited by cyber criminals. That's why installation of tracking cookies may be associated with privacy violation. If you do not want seeing SoftPulse ads, experiencing its redirects, slowdowns, and other inconveniences, you should install free software as carefully as possible since adwares and other PUPs these days are mainly distributed using 'bundling'. It means that you have to check every freeware before installing it and make sure that it's not filled with additional components. Always select Advanced or Custom installation option and monitor every check box with an intention to deselect all additional components. Be careful since unwanted programs are always set by default. Therefore, if you skip the check boxes by clicking the 'next' button all the time, you may unconsciously accept to install SoftPulse virus. Have you already installed it? Don't worry if you have. It can be eliminated quite easily.

How to remove SoftPulse virus?

In order to delete SoftPulse virus, we recommend you to follow the guide that is given below and select either manual or automatic removal method:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove SoftPulse ads, follow these steps:

Delete SoftPulse 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 SoftPulse and related programs
    Here, look for SoftPulse 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'

Uninstall SoftPulse 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 SoftPulse 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'

Get rid of SoftPulse 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 SoftPulse 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 SoftPulse removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate SoftPulse 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, SoftPulse should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

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

Delete SoftPulse 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 SoftPulse 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 SoftPulse removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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