ads (Free Instructions) ads Removal Guide

What is ads? is a website that shows misleading promises in exchange for participation in fake surveys is a fake website that lures users with non-existent gifts

In most cases, users do not visit website intentionally and instead are rerouted to it due to various reasons. For example, aggressive adware[1] installed on the device might be causing browser redirects, although the most prevalent reason for that is booby-trapped link clicks located on various high-risk websites.

Once there, users might be presented with a variety of messages, reaching from innocent ads encouraging them to download browser extensions to straight out lies about their computer security status. The most common phishing[2] material on is the fake surveys such as “You've made the 5-billionth search” or “Congratulations Amazon User.” Everything presented on the website should never be trusted, as the creators of these messages have malicious motives.

The operation of survey scams is relatively simple – they try to make people believe that they have a possibility to acquire an expensive item (iPhone, PlayStation, TV, gift card, etc.), and all they have to do is answer a few questions in return. They are made feel as they have won already, and they are then prompted to provide their personal details, such as name, email, home address, or even credit card details, at the very end to allegedly retrieve the won item.

Survey scams are one of the most common forms of online fraud, as there are plenty of users who find the idea of receiving free, expensive items really appealing. It is also true that these scams are directed to those who are less familiar with online scams in general as the success rate increases.

Type Scam, phishing, adware, redirect
Goal Make people provide personal information, subscribe to useless services, download malicious software or subscribe to push notifications
Distribution Redirects from other malicious websites, adware
Risks Personal information disclosure can result in targeted phishing campaigns or monetary losses due to subscriptions to useless services
Removal You can delete all potentially unwanted programs automatically with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes
Other tips It is visible to clean web browser caches to prevent further data tracking and other issues related to web data corruption – use FortectIntego to do this quicker

How to avoid scams

Internet is relatively secure nowadays if users do not deliberately visit potentially dangerous websites. For example, if you go to illegal software distribution or software crack sites, you are at a much higher risk of infection. Therefore, the first advice would be to stay away from such websites, as they often host malicious files that turn out to be ransomware or other malware. The embedded ads and fake “Download” buttons could also result in redirects to

One of the most important aspects of computer security is having protection software installed – SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes could serve you well in defending you from malware and phishing attacks. Adblockers can also help to prevent malicious script execution but keep in mind that it prevents monetization to content creators as well.

Another reason for users to enter malicious websites is by being redirected by adware or another potentially unwanted program running in the background. In order to avoid these, you should be very careful when downloading freeware or shareware from third-party websites – always select Advanced or Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones when prompted to stay in control of your installation. Also, read the fine print, watch out for misplaced buttons and similar tricks.

If you have interacted with the scam

It is important to note that if you have interacted with the scam in any way – provided personal information, downloaded software, or similar – you should be aware of other potential dangers stemming from these actions. For instance, if you have disclosed your email address or phone number, expect to receive phishing emails or phone calls in the near future.

If a password was disclosed, you should make sure that it is changed on all the other accounts it is used (note that reusing passwords is one of the riskiest security hazards). After encountering websites that offer you expensive gifts or claim that your system is infected, the best thing to do is close down the tab without interacting with its contents. adwareRedirects to suspicious websites might be a result of adware infection

How to remove redirects?

The next step in dealing with the scam is to ensure that no malicious software such as adware is running in the background. In some cases, malware might not show any active windows or not show up in the installed program list, making it difficult for users to eliminate it manually. In such a case, you should run a scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or another powerful security software to remove all malicious files and processes automatically.

Potentially unwanted applications that cause the annoying redirects come as browser extensions relatively often. In some cases, they might not engage in bad activity for a while until they do. Thus, we recommend removing all the apps and enabling them one by one to see whether suspicious activity continues.

Below, we also provide instructions on properly cleaning web browser caches to prevent data tracking from third parties. Cookies[3] and other trackers can be left by potentially unwanted programs for a long time, even after they are removed. The easiest way to clean web browsers and repair system damage if such has occurred is by using the FortectIntego repair and maintenance tool, although manual steps are also available below.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • 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

Clean web data on Chrome:

  • Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  • Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  • Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  • Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select the unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clean web data on Firefox:

  • Click Menu and pick Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security section.
  • Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  • Click on Clear Data…
  • Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clean web data on MS Edge:

  • Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  • Select Privacy and services.
  • Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  • Under Time range, pick All time.
  • Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge


  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clean Safari:

  • Click Safari > Clear History…
  • From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  • Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari
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How to prevent from getting adware

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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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