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Remove BasementDuster ads

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If your anti-virus is flickering from the reports about PUP.Optional.BasementDuster.A, don’t be ignorant. This notification may and a proper reaction to it may help you save your computer from various issues. PUP.Optional.BasementDuster.A is a comprehensive name that anti-malware programs recognized while, in fact, this name is directly related to BasementDuster browser add-on. Unfortunately, but due to several downsides, it has been classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. That’s why professional ad updated anti-spyware tools distinguish it as an infection.

What kind of computer infection BasementDuster virus is?

BasementDuster by BD Inc. is a free browser add-on for IE, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. According to the malware analysts, it’s not compatible with other forms of cyber threats, so those who use Opera or Tor can feel safe. The app pretends to be a tool for web browsing improvement. Usually, it is presented as a shopping helper that is capable of finding the lowest prices for the items required, available coupons, promo codes, and similar things. However, as we have already mentioned, it is classified as adware and PUP. On the one hand, this fact means that BasementDuster adware is not dangerous. However, on the other hand, being an adware means to be potentially dangerous to PC’s security and stability. If you find this app useful, you may keep it as it’s legitimate and not malicious at all if we compare it to a Trojan, rootkit, keylogger, ransomware, and other threats. Nevertheless, due to suspicious performance, we recommend you to use Reimage and remove BasementDuster virus without a delay.

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How does this adware operate?

Questions about BasementDuster ads

Even though BasementDuster adware is not bad in its real sense, it may perform two suspicious activities.

  1. If this adware is installed successfully, all web browsers may start generating promotional advertisements. In fact, this app is ad-supported, so one of its main aims is to show sponsored ads and make people click on them. Usually, BasementDuster ads are shown in a very intrusive manner. They embodied in such forms as pop-up ads, banner ads, in-text links, interstitials, full-page ads, etc. to impose people click on them unconsciously. “Ads by BasementDuster” help third to generate money from advertising and increase traffic to sponsored websites. Beyond being extremely irritating, those advertisements can be linked to unsafe third-party websites, so think twice if viewing some shoes is worth the risk of virus or another PUP infection.
  2. To perform as much BasementDuster redirects as possible, developers of this adware have to find the way to make those ads eye-catching. For this purpose, they use cookies. These small files are programmed to track and store information like your search queries, pages viewed, clicks, IP address, email address, and so on. Unfortunately, but some pieces of data can be quite sensitive and you can never know whether it will be used for fear purposes or not. Thus, to protect privacy and overall PC, you are strongly advised to delete BasementDuster virus right away. (Removal guide on a Page)

How can BasementDuster hijack my computer?

Even though we cannot claim that it’s not possible to download BasementDuster adware from download sources, it seems that this case is very rare. In most of the instances, it spreads around the Internet in a form of a bundled installer of free software. To prevent installation of software packages, you should take your time checking installation setup. For that, opt for advanced/custom installation option and deselect all additional components.

Automatic or manual removal?

People often avoid automatic installation because they need to install anti-malware and then wait until it scans the system. If you are one of manual removal fans, you can find manual BasementDuster removal guide down below. However, we would like to stress one important fact. Potentially unwanted programs typically get installed in a bundle of two or more PUPs and may download other unwanted apps during the period of installation. Thus, to eliminate BasementDuster malware and all its counterparts, it is recommended to use anti-malware.

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 BasementDuster ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate BasementDuster 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 BasementDuster and related programs
    Here, look for BasementDuster 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'

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

Uninstall BasementDuster 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, BasementDuster should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Get rid of BasementDuster 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 BasementDuster 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 BasementDuster removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate BasementDuster 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 BasementDuster 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 BasementDuster removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Davey Winder says:
    November 23rd, 2015 at 10:23 am

    BasementDuster ads are everywhere! On Facebook, on Twitter, on Amazon… no matter what page I view. Is there a way to stop them?

  2. Luke Blake says:
    November 23rd, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Hate this app. Ruined the entire day with those silly coupons and offers

  3. Danay12 says:
    November 23rd, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I havet installed illegal apps. So I assume that this so called BasementDuster adware spreads around with most popular software like Java or VLC. Be careful with your free downloads!

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