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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:

WHAT WE DO:

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 ReimageIntego 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, download.com, soft32.com, 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.

To remove SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads (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.

Uninstall SushiLeads from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove SushiLeads from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for SushiLeads-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove SushiLeads, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to SushiLeads and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the SushiLeads-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

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.

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 SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads-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 SushiLeads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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, Google.com).
  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 SushiLeads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads-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

Remove SushiLeads from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete SushiLeads 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 SushiLeads 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

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 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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  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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