Equames.com ads (spam) - Free Instructions

Equames.com ads Removal Guide

What is Equames.com ads?

Equames.com redirects users to ad pages

Equames.comUsers see the Equames.com URL just before they get redirected to an ad

Equames.com is a redirect virus that redirects users to dangerous pages that promote malicious browser extensions, scam surveys, adult sites, fake software updates, and potentially unwanted programs.[1] If users experience this behavior often, this means that they most likely are infected with a PUP that performs such tasks in the background without their knowledge.

If adware is causing such issues, people can also experience an increased amount of pop-up ads, banners, and other types of commercial content. People should be careful with this program, and immediately exit pages that it redirects to. In this article, we will talk more about how to identify inline scams and how to identify dangerous pages.

NAME Equames.com
TYPE Push notification spam, redirect, adware
SYMPTOMS Browser redirects to advertisements
DISTRIBUTION Shady pages, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS Redirects to suspicious websites and deceptive ads can lead to installations of more PUAs or even malware
ELIMINATION Remove viruses by deploying professional security software
FURTHER STEPS Use ReimageIntego to fix any remaining damage after a successful removal and optimize your machine

The way adware works is by lurking in the background of the machine and initiating unwanted behavior. The purpose of developing such programs is for the creators to generate revenue. Every redirect, every ad you click on makes them money. Generally, PPC advertising[2] is a great way for website owners to monetize their page and cover the costs, but in the past years, this function is abused more often by shady individuals.

Equames.com adsEquames.com can lead to pages that try to trick users into providing their data or downloading PUPs

How to stop redirects?

It would be best if you used professional security software like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes for this. It can scan your system for viruses and eliminate them with all the related files. It can also prevent infections in the future by warning you about suspicious programs.

If you want to proceed with manual removal, you can find the instructions for Windows and Mac below. Keep in mind that PUAs can be disguised as legitimate apps and it can be difficult to identify them, so we strongly suggest using anti-malware tools so you would not delete the wrong files by accident.

Instructions for Windows 10/8 machines:

  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 the entry of the 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

Windows 7/XP:

  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.

Mac:

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

Take care of your browser

After scanning your machine for PUPs and malware, you should make sure there is nothing left that could cause harm. All the redirects and commercial content might have cluttered it with junk and shady websites could still be using cookies[3] to track your activity. This step can be made easy with the maintenance tool ReimageIntego that can fix corrupted system files, clear the device from unnecessary items, and more.

If you want to do this yourself, let's start by checking if you have any add-ons that are not supposed to be on your browser:

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 the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Change your homepage:

If when you open your browser a different page opens up then previously, you can change it back.

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

To stop illegitimate pages from collecting data about your browsing behavior, you need to delete cookies.

  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

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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.Reset Chrome 2

Instructions for Internet Explorer, MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari can be found below this article.

Safety measures to take while browsing the internet

There is a lot the user himself can do to protect his own privacy and security. You should not think that the Internet is a completely safe place and click on random links without thinking about it. Cyber-attacks have increased significantly in the past few years, especially during the pandemic as people spend more time online.

The first thing you should pay attention to when you land on a page is to see how the URL starts. Is it HTTP or HTTPS? The main difference between these is one uses end-to-end encryption and the other one does not. Websites starting with HTTP are vulnerable, so if you provide it with personal information, anyone who knows how – can get to it. The other thing that you might have already noticed is a lock next to the link. If the page is locked, this means that the connection is secure, and your information (like passwords or credit card numbers) is private when it is sent to the site.

When it comes to online scams, fraudsters use social engineering tactics to fool users into performing an action. One of the most popular ways users get infected with PUPs is through fake software updates. Flash Player is commonly used as bait in this type of scheme. What you should know is that it was discontinued in 2020 and replaced by HTML5,[4] so any website that states otherwise should be immediately exited.

Other techniques scammers use are scareware and giveaways. Scareware is used to, of course, scare people into downloading some “magic” tool that will take care of a dangerous threat that is hiding in their system. You should know that random websites cannot scan your machine and detect viruses, so you should always ignore such warnings.

Also, keep in mind that Google or Microsoft does not randomly pick visitors and shower them with gifts. Most of the time, these scams are meant to lure out people's personal information like name, address, and phone number.

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Getting rid of Equames.com ads. Follow these steps

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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
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Remove 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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Equames.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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