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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: 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 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 Audio ads, follow these steps:

Delete Audio from Windows systems

  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 Audio and related programs
    Here, look for Audio 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'

Get rid of Audio 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 Audio 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'

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

Remove Audio ads 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, Audio should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Audio from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Eliminate Audio 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 Audio 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 Audio removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Audio 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 Audio 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 Audio removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Olivia Morelli
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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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