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Remove AdsKeeper ads (Improved Guide) - updated Sep 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Remove AdsKeeper to get rid of its ads

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AdsKeeper is an ad-supported program[1] which generates income with the help of pay-per-click traffic. Technically, it is not a virus or malware. However, third party ads that it causes can easily disrupt your browsing on the web. Please, do NOT click them to avoid redirects to questionable websites.

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

However, 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 into online scams.

Since the developers of this application hardly take any responsibility for the advertised content, it is recommended 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 Reimage or other malware detection software, just in case.

Is Adskeeper a virus?

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 However, having in mind that the most of people, who get into computer-related problems, call them “virus”, there’s no surprise that this PUP has also entitled as virus. 

We are sure that this program cannot damage the system or cause other 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, AdsKeeper removal is recommended as soon as first ad shows up on the screen.

Questions about AdsKeeper ads

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AdsKeeper 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 an 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 to refrain from any offers this adware may propose and remove it from your computer immediately.

Main distribution methods

AdsKeeper-related adware has been actively spread with the help of bundling. This infiltration method is nearly possible without 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 check mark which allows installing optional software. Always choose these modes if you do not wish to let AdsKeeper to your computer.

How to remove AdsKeeper

You can remove AdsKeeper from Chrome and other browsers with the help of two different methods: manual and automatic. You can follow 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 a full AdsKeeper removal.

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

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 AdsKeeper ads, follow these steps:

Erase AdsKeeper from Windows systems

To delete AdsKeeper adware from Windows computer, follow the instructions below. However, you should also look for other questionable applications that might have been installed on the device without your knowledge.

  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 AdsKeeper and related programs
    Here, look for AdsKeeper 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 AdsKeeper 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 AdsKeeper 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 AdsKeeper from Internet Explorer (IE)

To remove this adware from IE, you need to reset it. There might be installed unknown add-ons or tracking cookies that must be removed entirely.

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

Remove AdsKeeper ads from Microsoft Edge

Follow the instructions to reset Microsoft Edge in order to remove ads by AdsKeeper entirely.

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, AdsKeeper should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete AdsKeeper from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix Mozilla Firefox, check the list of extensions and uninstall all unknown add-ons/plugins. These third-party entries might be responsible for delivering these ads.

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

Eliminate AdsKeeper from Google Chrome

To remove AdsKeeper from Chrome, make sure you eliminate all suspicious extensions, toolbars or applications are not installed on this browser by you. For that, follow the instructions below:

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

Erase AdsKeeper 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 AdsKeeper 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 AdsKeeper removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Elizabeth says:
    August 29th, 2016 at 2:53 am

    As they say another day- another adware? Thanks for keeping us informed

  2. Ardette132 says:
    August 29th, 2016 at 2:54 am

    I deleted it as soon as I noticed the ads. Havent noticed any problematic activity since…

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