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Remove ForTheSchools ads (Free Guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

ForTheSchools application can seem like a very useful program for some PC users, especially for the ones who love shopping online. ForTheSchools promises to enhance your online shopping experience by collecting and giving back some part of the cash that you have spent. Obviously, experienced computer users may know that such promises are fraudful, but other computer users who have never encountered adware programs in their life before may think that such program is harmless. On this report, we will enlighten you and solve out any unknown facts about ForTheSchools program.

Facts about ForTheSchools:

Questions about ForTheSchools ads

ForTheSchools is an adware program. Moreover, it is also a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This program is free-to-use, but it is naive to think that this program is developed and functions without any income at all. ForTheSchools adware generates income from third-party companies that sponsor it; in exchange, it advertises these businesses and their web pages. Let us explain to you how this system is working:

  • ForTheSchools adware can enter victim’s computer without any permission asked. This program can slither into your system with another free program as one software pack.
  • Once it places itself into your Program Files folder, it installs its components to your web browsers – and it doe not matter if you use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer, this vague program can affect all of them.
  • After configurating your browser, it starts to spy your browsing activity. It means that if you have this program on your system, your browsing history, downloads, bookmarks, IP address and even search terms that you have recently used may be revealed for ForTheSchools PUP.
  • Based on such information, ForTheSchools generates targeted advertisements and starts to flood you with them. You are going to receive loads of pop-ups, banners and other kinds of ads whenever you use your Internet browser. Do not try to close them, because more and more eventually are going to show up.
  • You should also remember that the content displayed by ForTheSchools ads is ambiguous. That means that some of these ads may lead you to secure websites, but the bigger part is infected with content that can link you to unreliable third-party websites. Such sites can include infectious or even harmful content, so we do NOT recommend clicking on pop-ups generated by ForTheSchools. To ensure your PC’s security, you need to get a reliable anti-spyware program, which is an excellent security tool for your computer. Try Reimage – we promise you are not going to regret installing it.


How could ForTheSchools hijack my computer?

ForTheSchools is very similar to apps like PursePerks and Huge Rebates programs. All of them can be downloaded from the official website (all websites look quite the same), but mostly these PUPs are spread in a rogue distribution method, called bundling. It means that all of these apps travel to victim’s computer as attachments to legitimate freeware or shareware. Needless to say, computer users cannot realize that such attachments exist if no one notifies them about such bonus apps, right? The problem is that the majority of users who install these PUPs fail to install new programs correctly. Be mindful and be careful when you install any software on your computer! You should know that you should not rely on Standard or Default installation modes because these options usually hide the suggestions to install optional apps. If you choose these options, you automatically agree to install additional apps. That is why you have to select different options – select Advanced or Custom mode instead. Then deselect the agreements to get optional apps, and you are done with your installation.

How to remove this PUP from my system?

If you do not want to keep this intrusive ForTheSchools virus on your computer anymore, you should remove it. To do that, use SpyHunter or any other anti-spyware program. Alternatively, you can remove ForTheSchools manually – just follow the steps below:

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To remove ForTheSchools ads, follow these steps:

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

Get rid of ForTheSchools 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 ForTheSchools 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 ForTheSchools removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove ForTheSchools 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, ForTheSchools should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Delete ForTheSchools 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 ForTheSchools 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 ForTheSchools removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. Alexandr says:
    November 3rd, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Hey, I know this program! It used to torture me with its advertisements. Guys, just wanted to warn you – do not install it! Do not believe what it promises to do!

  2. Rocco Barocco says:
    November 4th, 2015 at 2:41 am

    I have dealt with this program as well. Well, even though this program is annoying, it is not that hard to remove… I have been redirected to various websites that often suggested to fill some surveys or to get amazingly surprisingly fantastic apps.

  3. bonnie says:
    November 4th, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Such programs are real parasites! Oh, if you would even imagine how I was annoyed by ForTheSchools activities. But after all, it is gone now. Thanks for the instructions 🙂

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