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Remove Ads by SushiLeads (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - updated Jul 2017

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as sushileads | Type: Adware

SushiLeads adware presents its second installment

Example of SushiLeads virus

SushiLeads virus functions as an application which helps netizens find a professional, may it be a plumber or electrician, faster. Due to several ambiguous features, IT experts have labeled it as adware. The tool was most active in 2015, though you can detect it in its official website even know.  

Despite the fact that you may find the website quite useful and its professional design creates the image of reliability, this service has been attributed to adware category., or more specifically, PUP.[1]  If you have signed up, soon may get bothered by Ads by SushiLeads and its other pop-ups. 

Questions about Ads by SushiLeads

This is what the official website of this software claims:


The SushiLeads free app helps you find the best service professionals in your area and compare offers.

Unfortunately, that is hardly realistic because the website is known for promoting third-party applications. Additionally, it tracks its users. If you take a look at its privacy policy, you will realize that it collects personal information (though it is necessary for this type of service). However, it may share with business partners. In fact, this adware is almost identical to PastaLeads, DonutQuotes, PastaQuotes, and numerous other untrustworthy apps that seek to gain the revenue by promoting questionable third-party companies and their websites.

As a result, this adware may trigger multiple advertisements on your computer. They are typically injected into third-party websites as SushiLeads deals, brought to you by SushiLeads and similar notifications. Thanks to these ads, you can be redirected to dubious web pages. Note that they may be poorly protected from virtual threats.

Besides, these web sites can ask you to fill up fake surveys, download free software, update programs that you already have, or even ask for your personal information. It is highly unrecommended to install unfamiliar apps and reveal personal information to such untrustworthy web sources. Instead, you may consider using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes or another trustworthy security program to remove SushiLeads from the device.

SushiLeads also compiles information which identifies your browsing habits. To collect such data, it employs tracking cookies that are installed on your computer together with this adware.

As a result, after hijacking Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and other browsers, adware starts collecting information related to search terms, websites visited, data entered, clicks, IP address, PC's location, email address, and similar info, and transmit it to remote servers. According to the adware, it uses the data for the following purposes[2]. Here is a couple of them:

  • for delivering relevant commercial offers
  • fulfilling Professional Service Request
  • for improving your Service
  • performing research, technical diagnostics, and analytics 

To prevent your computer from various issues that adware may initiate, we recommend eliminating this tool from the system as soon as you notice its intrusive popups. You may get rid of the PUP manually as well.

The picture of SushiLeads adsSushiLeads adware might collect various information about users and display intrusive shopping offers.

Ways to encounter adware

Usually, programs that belong to any of the “PUP” categories, including SushiLeads, are generally spread via software bundles that can be downloaded from various download websites (for instance,,, and so on). Even the official website reveals the ways this rogue app can infect your computer:

You can either download the SushiLeads widget directly, or it may be installed when you download a third party software or browser extension. Typically, SushiLeads comes bundled with free apps and free toolbars. This allows the developer community to provide you with free software.

“Bundling” is usually applied by all PUPs' developers, and that is the main reason why you should check every freeware in order to find out whether it contains attachments or not. The most important task is NOT to click the “Next” button all the time; also, do not agree with EULA and Privacy Policy without reading it first.

Moreover, you have to find “additional components” and deselect ticks that are saying that you agree to install these attachments. To get the ability to do that, you have to opt for either “Advanced” or “Custom” installation option. Already missed to do so? Then keep reading this article on the following page.

Uninstall SushiLeads and its related components

If you are looking for an optimal SushiLeads removal, you need to get rid of every component related to this virus. You have two options to remove it from your computer: use automatic removal technique or rely on manual elimination method. Steps will instruct you how to remove SushiLeads virus completely. Make sure you follow them carefully to prevent problems related to the elimination of this virus.

Both termination techniques are efficient if you pay enough attention. In case you still notice Sushi Leads pop-up alerts, you may combine these two methods. Though the website is easily accessible to everyone, Czech users[3] somehow might be more targeted.

If you choose to get rid of this program manually, scroll down to find the guidelines: 

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To remove SushiLeads ads, follow these steps:

Delete SushiLeads from Windows systems

To remove SushiLeads from Windows and Chrome, dafari, Mozilla or Internet Explorer, make sure you remove all entries that belong to this virus. Keep in mind that all programs that look suspicious should be eliminated.

  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 SushiLeads and related programs
    Here, look for SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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'

Erase SushiLeads from Google Chrome

To fix Google Chrome, you should use a guide given below. We highly recommend checking every add-on to find the malicious ones.

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

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

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

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

Delete SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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. Jamie says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:14 am

    lame sushileads app, does not provide anything useful, i bet you cannot find any professional technicians thru that site. just remove it

  2. sizzy89 says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Totally a virus

  3. Patty says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:15 am

    how about the automatic removal tool? anyone can comment on spyhunter? positive, negative thoughts?

  4. Romena111 says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I have SpyHunter myself and it really finds PC threats. I have recently noticed super annoying pop-up ads labeled by buzzdeal. Ran SpyHunter, Buzzdeal adware is gone. Same happened with Sushileads parasite. Im not an expert, but I think that anti-spyware app is good.

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