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Remove Adware Helpers (Removal Guide) - Jan 2020 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Adware Helpers is a generic name for adware-type applications used by multiple AVs

Adware Helpers
Adware Helpers is a potentially unwanted program and malware that can display ads, hijack browsers and also proliferate other malware

Adware Helpers is a detection name of various adware programs that may be used to perform a variety of different tasks on the host machine. Potentially unwanted applications that are marked in such a way can vary greatly – some might possess browser hijacking capabilities, while others might be much more malicious and gain root access to the infected device. Therefore, Adware Helpers virus should never be ignored, as, in some cases, this threat can be just as bad as malware.

The main goal of Adware Helpers is to deliver users advertisements while they browse the internet via Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or any other browser. Ads are one of the main ways to monetize for application developers, although, in case of adware, the delivered commercial content is not always safe, and may result in personal information disclosure to unknown parties, installation of other PUPs/malware, monetary loss due to frequently encountered scams,[1] and much more.

Name  Adware Helpers 
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program, malware 
Infiltration  Most of the PUPs are delivered with the help of software bundle packages, installed as fake updates, or deliberately downloaded by users who do not know the true purpose of these deceptive apps
Dangers  Loss of money due to encountered scams, installation of other PUPs/malware, fraud, sensitive data disclosure 
Symptoms  Increased amount of advertisements on all visited websites, changed web browser settings, redirects to suspicious sites, frequent encounters of online content that claims virus infections, and asks to call alleged tech support, etc.
Termination  You can attempt to get rid of adware manually as directed in the instructions below, although we highly recommend using anti-malware software for the purpose 
System fix Perform a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego – it can fix damaged system files and remediate the computer, increasing its performance and speed

Adware Helpers, among many other potentially unwanted programs, is usually installed unintentionally, mostly through the bundled software installers. Typically, a few apps are packed into a freeware installer that users download, and merely do not notice the optional components [hidden] inside. Additionally, Adware Helpers virus may also be installed unintentionally after being tricked by an attractive commercial or a fake Flash/Java update prompt.

The typical symptoms of Adware Helpers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Intrusive pop-ups, banners, flashing windows, in-text links, and other commercial content is present on all visited websites;
  • The homepage, new tab address and the search engine altered to a customized one;
  • Web browser search results the browser returns are not genuine, and are filled with sponsored links;
  • Unknown extensions installed on the web browser without permission;
  • Redirects lead to suspicious and unknown websites filled with ads, as well as scam messages;
  • The browser (and in some cases, computer) operation speed is diminished, etc.

It is also worth mentioning that plenty of background activities are often associated with Adware Helpers, which include information gathering. A typical adware program is set to collect the IP address, web browsing history, Internet Service Provider, geolocation, links clicked, sites visited, and other anonymous data with the help of such technologies like Flash cookies, web beacons,[2] pixels, etc. This data is later used to deliver personalized ads and might be sold to third-parties.

However, as mentioned above, the presence of Adware Helpers might indicate that your system is infected much worse than you might think, as some instances of the parasite are known to inject malicious processes into the computer. These can ensure that the app reinstalls itself, collects personal information, sends spam, and performs other activities on the infected computer.

Adware Helpers generic
Adware Helpers is a generic name given by multiple AV providers to a set of potentially unwanted programs or malware

If anything, Adware Helpers removal will improve your web browsing experience – ads that pop-up seemingly out of nowhere will be gone. Depending on the severity of the infection, however, the process might not be as simple as it seems, as Adware Helpers may be a rootkit[3] or another persistent type of malware, such as Backdoor.Win32.Rbot.

In such a case, you can only remove Adware Helpers with powerful anti-malware software and then use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to repair all the system damage. If the case of the infection is mild, you can also attempt to terminate it manually, as per our instructions below.

Deceptive infiltration is typical to adware programs

Adware infiltration is often deceptive, although mostly initiated by users themselves. The automatic intrusion of PUPs may only be possible if there is another malicious program already installed on your system (such as a backdoor). Since not all malware is designed to steal information or lock your personal files (ransomware holds files hostage until a ransom is paid in Bitcoin, making it one of the most devastating computer infections), it can also be employed to divert the HTTP traffic and install other ad-supported apps, resulting in an increased amount of ads.

Thus, the number one thing to remember when dealing with online threats is the way you install your software. For example, going to shady torrent or cracked software sites is not a good idea, as these websites are often booby-trapped with malicious scripts and Trojan downloads. Thus, the best way to avoid adware and malware is by picking a reputable source for downloading applications, such as Google Web Store, Amazon, etc.

If you still think that you need third-parties to download new apps, please be aware that software bundling is often used by such sites. Therefore, during the installation, make sure you never skip steps, read the installation instructions carefully, decline all the offers, and watch out for pre-ticked boxes. Most importantly, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones when prompted, as potentially unwanted components are often hidden behind the latter.

Adware Helpers scams
Those who have Adware Helpers installed encounter online scams more often

Make sure you eliminate Adware Helpers virus as soon as it is discovered

As we mentioned previously, Adware Helpers removal might not be as easy if the type of infection is malware – especially if it is a rootkit. If that is the case, this type of malware might be so persistent that even the re-installation of Windows would not help (some cases were observed where malware roots itself into the system's kernel[4] – the highest possible permission position). Luckily, such cases are rare, and most next-gen anti-malware programs are capable of dealing with rootkits, as well as other malicious applications.

If you so desire, you can also check our instructions below, and remove Adware Helpers manually. Note that it is only possible when the infection is minor, and no persistence modules were inserted by the infection – such PUPs can be uninstalled via the installed application list.

Once you eliminate Adware Helpers virus, you should also ensure to reset all the installed browsers to ensure intrusive advertisements do not come back.

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 Adware Helpers, follow these steps:

Get rid of Adware Helpers from Windows systems

To get rid of Adware Helpers from Windows, follow these steps:

  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 Adware Helpers and related programs
    Here, look for Adware Helpers 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'

Delete Adware Helpers 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 Adware Helpers 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'

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

Uninstall Adware Helpers 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, Adware Helpers should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Adware Helpers from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Resetting Mozilla Firefox will stop the unwanted ads from coming back:

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

Eliminate Adware Helpers from Google Chrome

Google Chrome reset will ensure that no intrusive ads are present during web browsing sessions:

  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 Adware Helpers 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 Adware Helpers removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Adware Helpers 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 Adware Helpers 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 Adware Helpers removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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