ads (scam) - Free Guide ads Removal Guide

What is ads? is a malicious website that urges users to select one of the fake gifts is a malicious website attempting to convince users that they have won a prize

While using any internet browser, you may randomly come across It has been known to trigger a series of scams; however, it is mostly recognized for its false surveys in regard to winning gift cards and prizes from fake giveaways. To be more specific, users are promised they can easily win Valuable gifts by simply answering a couple of questions or “selecting the box” from three different choices.

The truth is, has no prize to give away because it's a scam. The scammers' number one priority is convincing people they're lucky enough to have won, but when it comes time to collect the so-called prize, victims are asked for personal information that criminals can abuse later on.

We advise against using this site or any of its services, as you may lose money and have privacy issues. Additionally, it is crucial to check the system for adware,[1] which might be why you are redirected to phishing sites.

Type Scam, phishing, adware
Operation Claims that the user has been selected for a free gift; those who proceed to reclaim the alleged gift are asked to provide personal details
Distribution Adware, redirects from other websites, malicious links
Dangers The objective of gift scams is typically to steal personal user information, but scammers might also lead users to harmful or inaccurate websites. This can result in privacy risks, virus infections, and financial losses
Removal To remove unwanted apps manually, you can follow our removal guide below. If the unwanted ads and other disruptive behavior do not stop, you should scan your computer with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software and delete all threats automatically
Tips Employ FortectIntego to clean your system from data trackers and fix any damage done by adware or other unwanted software

Online fraud is relatively common across the web, although reaching these malicious pages is something that happens occasionally – it all depends on which websites the user visits in the first place. Although every phishing message is different, they all have one goal in mind: to scam the user out of something, most commonly money. is yet another dishonest website created by scammers to make users provide their personal information, which can later be used in other scams or be sold on the underground forums to cybercriminals. It is not the first and the last scam that uses such techniques – we have already talked about,, or, which were created to fool users in one way or another.

Users are led to suspicious websites after clicking malicious links

People do not usually go to scam websites on purpose. However, some users risk it and visit torrents, illegal video converters, video streaming sites, and other dangerous places. These are filled with booby-trapped links and malicious scripts, taking users away from their destination, and that's one of the main reasons for redirects to and similar sites.

The fact that the redirect is unexpected may add to the confusion of those who didn't anticipate it. In other instances, people might not think the message through carefully: as a result, they are more vulnerable to being scammed – exactly what criminals are hoping to exploit.

Adware can also be the reason why users get redirected to harmful websites. This type of software is typically installed with freeware[2] or via deceitful links/fake messages, so many people are unaware that they have it on their systems. The instructions below will show you how to remove it effectively. scamFree gift cards or expensive items are misleadingly offered to users

Get rid of adware and other malicious programs

Depending on the severity of adware, it could be the cause of issues like malicious ads and redirects. To prevent these occurrences, we suggest taking these measures: uninstalling any programs from your system that look suspicious, removing any browser extensions that seem fishy, and scanning your computer with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or a similar anti-malware software. In fact, the latter step would ensure your system is virus-free, so you don't have to proceed with manual steps, although we do recommend cleaning browser caches regardless.


  • Enter Control Panel into the Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  • Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  • From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  • Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  • If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  • Wait till the uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2


  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 thoroughly 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.

Adware is often installed as a browser extension, which can be much less harmful since it doesn't have high system permissions. However, there are still many malicious extensions that could be associated with a program installed on the system. Therefore, all potentially harmful browser add-ons need to be removed.

To get started, open your web browser and go to Settings. Then, find the Extensions section (or you can click the “Extensions” button next to the settings menu of the browser). After that, remove any suspicious add-ons – if you're not sure which ones those are, just remove all of them.

Remove cookies and other trackers

Adware and other PUPs collect data about users through cookies[3] and other trackers. This includes information such as IP addresses, search queries, clicked links, visited websites, etc. Even if adware or the PUP is removed, the data collection may continue.

In conclusion, it is advisable that you clean your web browser caches after removing any adware or other malicious programs. FortectIntego can help you get rid of these trackers quickly and easily. The app may also be utilized to repair any damage done by a computer infection. If you prefer to do this manually, follow these steps:

Google 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

  • 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)

  • 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

MS Edge (legacy)

  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


  • 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

Internet Explorer

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer
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How to prevent from getting adware

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


Lost your files? Use data recovery software

While some files located on any computer are replaceable or useless, others can be extremely valuable. Family photos, work documents, school projects – these are types of files that we don't want to lose. Unfortunately, there are many ways how unexpected data loss can occur: power cuts, Blue Screen of Death errors, hardware failures, crypto-malware attack, or even accidental deletion.

To ensure that all the files remain intact, you should prepare regular data backups. You can choose cloud-based or physical copies you could restore from later in case of a disaster. If your backups were lost as well or you never bothered to prepare any, Data Recovery Pro can be your only hope to retrieve your invaluable files.

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Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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