Severity scale:  
  (11/100)

Remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Js/Adware.Agent.AW is a generic name of adware that settled down on Google Chrome and other web browsers

Js/Adware.Agent.AW generic detection

Js/Adware.Agent.AW is a generic threat detection name[1], which is usually delivered by ESET security software. Usually, a pop-up warning shows up when a PC user is searching the web using Google or Bing search (less frequently in Yahoo or DuckDuckGo) on the Google Chrome web browser. Anyway, the idea behind this detection is the same – the device is infected with a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), namely adware. 

Js/Adware.Agent.AW Chrome detection warns users about unauthorized attempts to connect to a.xfreeservice.com (https:// a.xfreeservice.com/partner/8oB939m/index.php) server. It means that the adware-typer application is regularly arranging web browsers redirects to potentially dangerous websites that may be involved in malware distribution, data harvesting, or phishing attacks[2]. Such and similar adware programs have to be quarantined without a delay to prevent virus infections or privacy violations. 

Name Js/Adware.Agent.AW
Type It's a generic AV detection name, which points out to the adware or PUP on the system
Related security software The detection is usually delivered by ESET security software
Related server a.xfreeservice.com
Symptoms If this adware infiltrates the machine, it triggers an excessive amount of ads, popups, banners, in-text links, as well as web browsers redirects to suspicious websites. The web browser runs slower, software sometimes freezes
Danger The adware itself does not pose harm to the machine directly. However, AV engine flags it due to connection to suspicious servers, data tracking, and potentially harmful advertising
Removal You can remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW adware from the machine using the AV engine that reports its presence. However, you have to clean the web browser from PUPs manually (follow the guide given below)
Adware damage PUPs change some registry entries, install unwanted entries on the machine, and initiate other tasks that eventually cause web browser's malfunctioning and weaken system's security. Thus, to fix the damage, scan the machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or similar security tool

Js/Adware.Agent.AW is a generic detection name that is typically delivered by ESET anti-virus software. In most of the cases, this detection is an alarm that the system contains an adware-program, which has hijacked the web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) and is initiating schematic advertising activities. 

Usually, Js/Adware.Agent.AW ESET notification emerges when the user is trying to initiate regular web browsing activities. According to the reports[3], the problem prevails in Google and Bing search engines, while other search engines like Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Baidu, Yandex, Ecosia, and others seem not to be affected. 

The Js/Adware.Agent.AW virus detection is reported when browsing via Google Chrome in particular. That's because the problem is usually triggered by Chrome-based extensions, such as AdBlockYoutubeAdBlock, YTD Video Downloader, Vimeo Video Downloader, and others. Such and similar ad-supported extensions are programmed to connect to the a.xfreeservice.com server, which seems to be malicious and is immediately blocked by the AV engine that has a real-time protection feature. 

Aside from attempts to connect to unwanted servers, the Js/Adware.Agent.AW virus may try to push unwanted ads in various diverse forms, such as banners, pop-ups, full-page ads, and similar. Besides, it may be the reason why the web browser keeps redirecting to suspicious websites that contain false claims that you're a lucky visitor who is on the verge of winning some valuable prize. 

The Js/Adware.Agent.AW redirects can expose users to potentially dangerous websites that contain rogue software downloads, promote fake software updates, or use stealthy cookies that harvest your IP address, geolocation, or even some pieces of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) without notifying users about that. 

This particular detection name is used by ESET antivirus exclusively. However, if you are using another security tool, it may try to warn you about Js/Adware.Agent.AW virus using another generic name. The most common references to this infection are as follows:

  • Adware:JS/Agent.A!MTB
  • Js/Adware.Agent.AA
  • JS:Adware.Lnkr.A
  • JS:Adware.Agent.VTZ
  • Adware.Agent.Win32

Anyway, it's important not to ignore the Js/Adware.Agent.AW virus warnings because having an unwanted program on the machine can cause various inconveniences while web browsing or even serve as backdoor access to more malicious cyber infections. 

Js/Adware.Agent.AW adware
Js/Adware.Agent.AW pop-up emerges when people browser the web via Chrome or another web browser when the system contains an ad-supported extension

However, sometimes people won't be able to remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW virus from the machine because it's not there. This detection, though rarely, can be a false-positive. It means that the security software that you are using contains a false virus database, which reports non-existent cyber threats. If you suspect this detection to be a false positive, you should disable the current AV software and download an alternative security program. 

If it reports adware-related detection, you should initiate Js/Adware.Agent.AW removal without a delay. You can do that with the help of your AV tool. When it delivers an adware detection, set the software to remove PUPs from the machine. After that, clean your web browser and fix malware damage using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego tool.

If, however, Js/Adware.Agent.AW virus removal fails, you should manually check the list of installed applications and get rid of each suspicious/unknown entry from your machine. The problem is typically triggered by ad-block extensions, so delete PUPs from the programs' list and then eliminate suspicious extensions from Chrome and other web browsers. A full guide on how to do that is provided at the end of this article.  

PUPs spread silently in disguise with freeware

There are various categories of cyber threats. Some of them are extremely malicious (trojans, spyware, ransomware, etc.) and their infiltration can hardly be foreseen. However, infiltration of a dangerous piece of software can be prevented by not visiting suspicious websites, downloading software from official websites, not using P2P services, avoid torrenting websites, regularly updating software, and having a professional AV security suite installed. 

However, less dangerous applications, such as adware, browser hijackers, and PUPs are being distributed in a legitimate way, though stealthy enough to make people download them without realizing their presence. Ad-supported programs are typically distributed by bundling. This method is closely related to freeware, i.e. freeware providers pack their apps along with unwanted programs and spread them as a single unit. 

Please note that unwanted apps are pre-selected, so accepting the installation of the main freeware installer grants access to the entire bundle. Luckily, it's possible to decompose the bundle. You should opt for the Advanced or Custom installation option and unmark checkmarks saying that you agree with the installation of extensions, add-ons, plug-ins, or whatnot. 

Get rid of Js/Adware.Agent.AW related adware to stop advertising and connections to dangerous servers 

Js/Adware.Agent.AW removal is not a difficult task to accomplish. This detection signals an adware-type program on the machine, which seeks to collect clicks, increase visitors' rate to affiliated websites, or downloads of third-party apps. Although it's non-malicious in its nature, the adware can be very intrusive or sometimes lead to virus infection. Luckily, their removal is not that difficult as it may seem.  

Js/Adware.Agent.AW pop-up warning
Js/Adware.Agent.AW related adware can infiltrate machines via freeware and perform intrusive advertising activities without permission

According to the NoVirus.uk[4] team, it's best to set a security tool to remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW virus from the machine completely. For that, click on the pop-up warning brought by security software and select quarantine or remove option. After that, make sure to delete unwanted Chrome extensions or, at best, reset the web browser's settings to default. 

If you are not sure which apps are causing the Js/Adware.Agent.AW a.xfreeservice.com redirects, then restart your machine into Safe Mode with Networking and set the security tool to scan the machine again. Detele all PUPs without hesitation and then restore your machine's performance with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego tool. 

.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Offer
do it now!
Download
Reimage Happiness
Guarantee
Download
Intego Happiness
Guarantee
Compatible with Microsoft Windows Supported versions Compatible with OS X Supported versions
What to do if failed?
If you failed to remove virus damage using Reimage Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

To remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW, follow these steps:

Get rid of Js/Adware.Agent.AW from Windows systems

If you are having problems because of Js/Adware.Agent.AW virus, follow this guide to stop intrusive adware performance.

  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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW and related programs
    Here, look for Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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'

Remove Js/Adware.Agent.AW from Mac OS X system

Mac OS X can also get infected by Js/Adware.Agent.AW related malware. If the system is showing suchlike detection, find an ad-supported program on your machine and get rid of it.

  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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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'

Uninstall Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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, Js/Adware.Agent.AW should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Js/Adware.Agent.AW from Google Chrome

The detection dubbed as Js/Adware.Agent.AW Chrome is usually bound to the Chrome web browser and Gooogle search. That's because it is usually triggered by Chrome-based extensions. If you are facing this problem, check the list of extensions and disable the ones that seem suspicious.

  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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AW removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

About the author

Gabriel E. Hall
Gabriel E. Hall - Passionate web researcher

If this free removal guide helped you and you are satisfied with our service, please consider making a donation to keep this service alive. Even a smallest amount will be appreciated.

Contact Gabriel E. Hall
About the company Esolutions

References


Your opinion regarding Js/Adware.Agent.AW