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AdsKeeper ads Removal Guide

What is AdsKeeper ads?

AdsKeeper – a portal with alluring ads that result in PUP installation

AdsKeeper ads exampleA legitimate service that might cause redirects to untrustworthy sites

AdsKeeper is an ad-supported program[1] that generates income with the help of pay-per-click traffic. It is not malicious itself. However, third-party commercial content that it displays can easily disrupt your browsing experience. Please, refrain from clicking any of its ads as it may result in privacy issues and PC infections.

You can easily install the virus without even knowing that because it has been actively spread together with other software. Once it gets inside, it alters the browser’s settings and inserts ads into the “virtual layer.” As a result, this potentially unwanted program (PUP)[2] delivers third-party content on each website you visit and causes chaos by offering you suspicious products, software, or lifestyle tips.

Name AdsKeeper
Type Potentially unwanted program
Issues Advertisements generated create issues and cause redirects to malicious sites
Distribution Freeware installations, misleading pages, deceptive ads
Danger Redirects can expose users to malicious pages and record user data for later uses
Removal Eliminate all infections from your device by scanning it with reliable anti-malware software
Repair Various cyber infections can cause damage to the machine and system functions. Run ReimageIntego to find and fix data damage

We want to point out that AdsKeeper is a legitimate advertising and monetizing platform which offers this service for reputable companies or websites. The only danger is that some of these trustworthy parties can try to redirect their users to insecure domains or get them involved in online scams.

Third-party applications and content providers can lead to unwanted behavior that is not related to the primary program site you visited. Unfortunately, advertising campaigns rely on tracking and user deception, so the internet can become a dangerous place easily.

Since the developers of this application hardly take any responsibility for the advertised content, it is recommended for you to remove AdsKeeper from the computer. If you have been suffering from intrusive advertising for a while, it is advisable that you additionally scan the system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or other malware detection software, just in case.

Also, it's crucial to delete all tracking cookies that untrustworthy sites might have left on your device. You can do that manually, but by using a system diagnostics tool like the ReimageIntego you can rest assured that your system files are in order and all privacy threats are eliminated.

Is this application malicious?

No, definitely not. We want to stress out that this app does not have the main characteristics of a virus.[3] You can go to its official website by visiting adskeeper.co.uk. However, having in mind that most people, who get into computer-related problems, call them “viruses”, there’s no surprise that this PUP has also entitled as such.

We are sure that this program cannot damage the system or cause irreparable damage. However, it is related to adware which is used to change the browser and cause different kinds of ads. Popups delivered by this adware program might be dangerous and be a part of various malvertising[4] campaigns.

Thus, even one unintentional link on a malware-laden ad might end up terribly wrong. For this reason, proper virus removal is recommended as soon as the first ad shows up on the screen.

The image of AdsKeeper adsIntrusive ads are not reliable. They might redirect to the dangerous websites and infect your computer with malware.

Displaying intrusive, aggressive, and potentially dangerous ads is not the only problem caused by adware. After the AdsKeeper hijack, all your steps online are observed, collected, and analyzed.

Indeed, this PUP uses cookies and other tracking techniques to spy on the users and collect relevant information about them.[5] Luckily, the collected data is non-personally identifiable which means that the virus only targets browsing-related information such as search queries, computer’s IP address, page views, etc.

All this information is useful for delivering interest-based ads. In some cases, this so-called “targeted advertising” can be useful, but there is always a risk of being exposed to some unexpected alert, scam, or executable file. To prevent such redirects, we would highly recommend you refrain from any offers this adware may propose and remove it from your computer immediately.

Primary distribution methods of PUPs

Adware-related adware has been actively spread with the help of bundling. This infiltration method is nearly possible without the user’s participation. Unfortunately, the majority of PC users are rather sloppy when it comes to downloading and installing software. What they are interested in is a quick result, while the security aspect is often forgotten.

Well, such users are doing a real favor to the creators of malware and other PUPs. All they have to do is to add their shady software to some freeware and watch how it infiltrates the system.

So, make sure you stay away from the pre-selected “Recommended” or “Quick” modes when installing freeware from the Internet. You should switch these settings to the “Custom” or “Advanced” ones instead and deselect the checkmark which allows installing optional software. Always choose these modes if you do not wish to let the PUP to your computer.

Simple removal instructions for AdsKeeper

You can remove the intruder from Chrome and other browsers with the help of two different methods: manual and automatic. You can follow the manual removal instructions provided below if you don't want to install anything on your computer. However, if you are looking for a quicker solution, you should opt for automatic removal.

The second option is especially recommended if it is your first time eliminating a cyber infection and you are not sure where to begin. Of course, be careful when downloading the recommended remover, updating it, and running a full system scan to take care of full AdsKeeper removal.

Due to the silent infiltration and aggressive ads, this program has been entitled as a virus by computer users. However, it’s not the right term to describe this PUP. It cannot damage the system; it can only cause annoying commercial content of third parties during your browsing sessions.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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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Getting rid of AdsKeeper ads. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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 the entry of the 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.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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 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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

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 the unwanted program 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of AdsKeeper registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is 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. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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