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Remove Audio Ads (Free Instructions)

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What are Audio Ads and where do they come from?

There are many various computer problems that can be blamed for the appearance of repetitive Audio ads. If you have encountered speaking ads at least one time, you know how bothersome and annoying they can be. These ads pop-up out of nowhere, start playing bothersome audio messages, and cannot be stopped that easily. It is quite hard to solve the problem unless you know what causes these ads to appear, and we are going to help you to identify that. This article is dedicated to people who encounter such ads and want to remove the Audio Ads virus. First of all, we must say that there are several different types of malware that serve audio ads, so let’s discuss each of them.

  • Ransomware that plays audio messages: There are some malicious computer viruses that can play an audio message to you. As an example, we would like to introduce you to Cerber ransomware. This one is an incredibly malicious computer software, which aims to infiltrate into victim’s computer system masked its malicious executive as a safe file and enter the system as a Trojan horse, encrypt all victim’s data, and demand a ransom afterward. Once files are encrypted, the virus executes .vbs file, which loudly reads an annoying message, stating that all documents, photos, databases and the rest of records have been encrypted. The point of this ad is to scare the computer user and make him understand what happened to the computer faster.
  • Audio ads by tech support scam malware: Technical assistance scammers create programs that act very similarly like adware-type programs do. These programs can randomly launch the Internet browser and open a fraud website, which shows error messages, triggers pop-up alerts and similar warnings, claiming that victim’s computer is at risk and that the computer must be checked by “certified Microsoft technicians” or just some suspicious “IT experts” immediately. Such computer viruses seek to intimidate the PC user and make him/her call technical support scammers, which ask to purchase some rogue computer security software, provide credit card details, or just provide remote access to the computer. Such threats also play audio ads immediately after launching the aforementioned deceptive website. These ads commonly just read the same text written on such sites loudly. An example of such malware: Adwaresystemwarning.com virus.
  • Speaking ads that come from adware programs. Audio ads can also start playing without your permission in case your PC is infected with adware. Ad-supported applications typically open web advertisements in new tabs, browser windows, and advertise various third-party sites, their products and their services. Some of these ads play a record related to the content of the ad. Such ads are very annoying, and usually, victims immediately start looking for Audio ads removal instructions on the Internet.

Audio ads

If you encounter these ads, first of all, you have to identify what makes them appear on your screen. If it is a non-malicious program, you might be able to remove it manually. In order to identify the virus, you have to run a system scan with a spyware removal tool. If you just want to remove Audio Ads as soon as possible, then we recommend deleting it automatically with a help of ReimageIntego program. Download, install it and then let it check your computer system for you.

How do such programs spread?

Questions about Audio Ads

There are many ways how spyware and malware programs can enter your PC. You can download them by yourself and install them thinking that they are safe, or, you can be tricked into installing them after downloading a software bundle. We would like to share some tips on how you can avoid installing bundled programs. When you launch a software installer, do not rush and read Privacy Policy and Terms of Use documents thoroughly. Then, proceed with the installation and once you reach “Settings” step, configure settings. Select Advanced or Custom installation method and then opt-out all unwanted programs manually. Then you can finish the installation procedure in the usual manner.

However, speaking of malicious viruses, this prevention method is not the only one that you should practice. Viruses can be installed on the computer system by opening hideous email attachments, clicking on corrupted links or ads, or just by visiting deceptive websites. The most efficient way to prevent Audio Ads hijack is to keep your PC protected by a proper security software. Hence, if you do not have one, install it.

How to remove Audio ads?

Audio ads virus can be non-malicious, but it can also be an incredibly dangerous one. In case you are dealing with adware variant, you can use Audio ads removal instructions provided below this article and get rid of these ads manually. However, if you are dealing with a more severe virus, then manual removal method might not be that effective. In such case, you should employ an automatic malware removal tool and remove Audio Ads automatically.

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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To remove Audio ads, follow these steps:

Delete Audio from Windows systems

To remove Audio Ads 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 Audio Ads (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.

Get rid of Audio from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Audio Ads from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Audio 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 Audio Ads 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 Audio Ads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Audio 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 Audio Ads-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

Erase Audio 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 Audio Ads 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 Audio Ads 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 Audio Ads removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Audio 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 Audio Ads 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 Audio Ads-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 Audio Ads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Audio 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 Audio Ads 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. Kleo says:
    August 19th, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for such informative article! I have found the threat that was sending these ads to me.

  2. mumii says:
    August 19th, 2016 at 7:07 am

    It appears that my computer has been affected with tech support scam malware. I used to Ignore these ads and use another browser. Thanks – I will remove this virus now!

  3. johhnycash79 says:
    August 19th, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Audio ads are probably the most annoying ads of all forms of advertising…

  4. Drake says:
    August 19th, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Thank you so much! My computer has been infected with simple adware. Plumbytes removed it.

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