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Remove Ads Remover (Virus Removal Instructions) - Jan 2020 update

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Ads Remover – potentially unwanted program that performs actions it claims to remove

Ads RemoverAds Remover is a potentially unwanted program that claims to remove ads but instead shows its own

Ads Remover is an adware[1] program, which can be downloaded from its official website, although many people find it installed as an extension on their Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari unexpectedly. The latter happens due to the careless installation of freeware (downloaded from third-party websites) that are packaged with optional apps.

Ads Remover claims to get rid of one of the most annoying aspects of internet browsing – pop-ups, in-text links, advertisement banners, and many other ads that plague the web. As a general rule, ad-blockers are also excellent additions to all the computers due to their ability to block malicious, JavaScript-based ads[2] that abuse browser vulnerabilities in order to install malware without user interaction.

Unfortunately, those that decide to keep Ads Remover will get more than they bargained for, as they will soon notice that their browsers are suffering from hijacking symptoms, and intrusive content from various sites is replaced a virtual layer of ads marked by “Ads by Ads Remover” or “Ads Remove Ads.” Ironically, the extension that is supposed to be helping you to fight ads brings them in itself.

Name Ads Remover
Type Potentially unwanted program, adware
Other names  PUP.Optional.Ads Remover.A
Related process  The affected users may find adsremover.exe running in the background (Task Manager) 
Infiltration  Users might download the unwanted app via the official website, or get it installed without proper permission via software bundles
Symptoms Inserts ads on all visited websites, redirects to suspicious websites, inserts sponsored links into search results, slows down the browser, runs a background process
Risks  Installation of other potentially unwanted programs or malware, sensitive data disclosure to unknown parties, money loss, etc.
Termination  Uninstall Ads Remover as per instructions below manually or employ anti-virus that is capable of detecting PUPs
Recovery After you get rid of adware and malware, you might experience system crashes, slowdowns, and other after-effects of the infection. In that case, we recommend using PC repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

No users like to deal with intrusive ads – pop up on the full screen, start playing unwanted sounds/videos, hinder the content of the website, etc. On the other hand, most do not care about small ads inserted on sites, as they do not interfere with user browsing experience and also let website publishers monetize and fund their activities, as well as provide new content. Unfortunately, some apps are created in order to monetize only, and user experience does not matter for the developers. Ads Remover is one of such programs.

Ads Remover virus is not the only app that claims to benefit users but does the complete opposite. For example, rogue-anti-spyware programs[3] often modify Windows system files to imitate malicious activity to make users believe that their computers are infected and need fixing. In reality, all it wants is to steal users' credit card details or make them purchase the paid version of the useless app.

Ads Remover adwareAds Remover is an adware app that usually arrives via third-party software bundlers

Reasons for Ads Remover being categorized as a potentially unwanted program and adware are as follows:

  • Usually arrives to the system via software bundle packages
  • Displays commercial content on all sites that your visit
  • Redirects to to sites that might distribute other PUPs or show scam messages
  • Slows down the web browser and computer due to background processes and ad generation process
  • Disguises as a useful program but does not fulfill its purpose as advertised.

Ads Remover developers claim the following:

Welcome to Ads Remover

Do you hate annoying pop-ups when opening your favorite sites? Stop them from poping over your computer monitor by downloading Ads Remover. With its help, you can freely do whatever you want online without this annoying stuff bothering you.

However, as it becomes apparent to most users quickly, the installed app starts displaying its ads (“Ads by Ads Remover,” “Powered by Ads Remover,” “Brought by Ads Remover,” etc.). Although they might seem like ordinary commercial offers, keep in mind that they are powered by third-parties and might be much more annoying and than ads from the visited websites.

Even more, Ads Remover ads may cause redirects to questionable third-party domains visiting, which is potentially risky since you might catch another computer infection. In addition to that, the app may also place tracking cookies, use your computer resources by running several processes continuously, thereby slowing it down, cause browser crashes, and similar inconveniences. We highly recommend you remove Ads Remover from your system and instead use tools that actually do what they promise – Ublock, Adblock, and others.

Note: you can find full Ads Remover removal instructions below – you can either terminate adware manually or by employing anti-malware software that can recognize PUPs. Additionally, experts[4] also recommend resetting all the installed browsers and scanning the machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for the best results.

Installation routine and prevention methods

Ads Remover redirects may start bothering you once you install the add-on, which might be done by accessing its official or downloading another software with a bundle. Of course, after reading this article, you will probably have no intention of installing it manually.

However, in order to prevent stealthy Ads Remover infiltration, you have to be very careful with free downloads. This add-on is commonly attached to various download managers or media players as an “additional component,” which can be noticed only when checking Advanced/Custom settings.

So make sure that instead of Quick or Basic installation settings, you select to check Advanced settings and carefully monitor the entire process step-by-step. If you notice a notification saying that you agree to install Ads Remover add-on, make sure that the tick alongside it is unchecked.

Ads Remover adsOnce installed, Ads Remover ads might show up on all websites that you visit

Get rid of Ads Remover and choose alternatives that do what they are designed to – block ads

Ads Remover removal should not be a complicated task, as it should be easily terminated via the Add/Remove programs section in the Control Panel. However, don't forget that you also might have a browser extension installed that might be the cause of persistent ads even after the main applications in terminated. Therefore, you can check the instructions below and reset all the installed browsers for best results.

Note that you can also remove Ads Remover automatically by performing a full system scan with anti-malware software capable of detecting and removing potentially unwanted programs. Besides, this method will also ensure that all the other unwanted programs and malware are taken care of.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Ads Remover, follow these steps:

Remove Ads Remover from Windows systems

To get rid of Ads Remover ads, uninstall the application via Control Panel:

  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 Ads Remover and related programs
    Here, look for Ads Remover 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 Ads Remover from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is suffering from unending ads, perform the following actions:

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

Get rid of Ads Remover 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, Ads Remover should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Ads Remover from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox to get rid of settings that were changed when PUP was installed.

  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 Ads Remover 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 Ads Remover removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Ads Remover 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 Ads Remover 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 Ads Remover removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Ads Remover 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 Ads Remover 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 Ads Remover removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. 

Nevertheless, there's a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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