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FoTest ads. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as Ads by FoTest, FoTest adware, FoTest virus | Type: Adware

What is FoTest?

FoTest is a legitimate application that may slither onto your computer using misleading methods. It may hijack all most popular web browsers and show up as a Browser Helper Object in Internet Explorer, an extension in Google Chrome, and as an add-on in Mozilla Firefox. The first sign that will let you known about the presence of this app on your computer is pop-up, pop-under, banner, or in-text ads marked as 'Ads by FoTest'. Even though it may be promoted as a 'shopping helper', you should beware that it's an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that may be used for collecting your browsing history and monitoring your online activities with an intention to find out what types of marketing content may attract your attention. Once it collects an appropriate amount of data and finds out whether you are interested in clothing, sports, traveling or similar things that you are frequently searching for, third party advertisers prepare personalized advertisements and deliver them to you. Unfortunately, they are seldom reliable. In most of the cases, such marketing technique is used for collecting clicks and driving visitors' traffic to sponsored websites. However, we do not recommend clicking on ads that are brought by a domain that you are not familiar with due to a high risk of landing on corrupted websites. Even though we cannot claim that FoTest ads will reroute you to unsafe websites since affiliates of this app are not known, such possibility always remain. Thus, if you want to preserve a secure browsing environment and keep your computer secure, you should eliminate FoTest virus as soon as possible. For that, we recommend using Reimage.

How can FoTest hijack my computer?

Unfortunately, we haven't managed to find an official website of FoTest. It means that this add-on spreads using by other means. Since most of the people who have reported about this adware claim that it appeared on their computer out of nowhere, it can be stated that it's developers rely on misleading distribution methods, such as 'bundling', and spread this adware along with various freewares and sharewares. That's a very tricking marketing technique that guarantees that various unpopular third-party apps reach lots of computers on a daily basis. Beware that various add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars and extensions may be embedded not only into questionable free software, but also into well-known and popular free programs. Therefore, no matter what program and from what source you have downloaded it, you should check it before installing. First of all, you should read EULA, Privacy Policy, users' reports and similar information in order to check if your selected program is reliable. After that, we highly recommend you to select Advanced or Custom installation option because it discloses all available check boxes and allows deselecting them. Quick or Basic installation may not allow that and you may inadvertently install unwanted programs on your computer. Be very careful, check every notification and opt out of every additional component that may be set by default. If you have failed to install a freeware and accepted to install FoTest virus on your computer, then follow the guide that is given below and get rid of this adware right now.

How to remove FoTest virus?

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To remove FoTest ads, follow these steps:

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Get rid of FoTest 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 FoTest and related programs
    Here, look for FoTest 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'
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Uninstall FoTest 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 FoTest 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'
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Remove FoTest 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 FoTest 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 FoTest removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate FoTest 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, FoTest should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete FoTest 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 FoTest 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 FoTest removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase FoTest 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 FoTest 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 FoTest removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of FoTest 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 FoTest 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 FoTest removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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