(Removal Guide) - Aug 2021 update Removal Guide

What is is the service that relies on deceptive advertisements and redirects redirectThis is a potentially unwanted application that can appear in the system together with other software. is a domain name that you can encounter while browsing thru adult-themed websites.[1] This rogue domain name has been added to the adware category due to its ability to display sponsored content, including annoying pop-ups and pop-unders[2] which appear on the web browser and even computer's desktop. Furthermore, together with other subdomains, it belongs to the ad server that delivers explicitly commercial content to adult sites' users. Beware that Exosrv ads have the ability to redirect users to other developer-promoted websites. However, this activity can result in bad consequences such as secret malware infiltration from a questionable page. Thus, if you are suffering from browser redirects to shady websites, you should check your computer’s state with reputable anti-virus.

Type Adware
Sub-type PUP
Target Mostly people from the USA, UK, and Germany
Other domains
Browsers infected Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer, etc.
Purpose To provide beneficial adverts
Distribution methods Rogue websites, software packages
Removal process Install anti-malware tool to find adware-related components
Repair Running FortectIntego can help with damaged pieces that PUP left behind adware has a bunch of different domains to which users might be redirected as well, for instance:


From there, people can be rerouted by the redirect virus and similar sites to many commercial, phishing or scam websites. According to the research data, most of the time these domains redirect to fake online pharmacy sites. Users also report about unwanted visits to malicious or fraudulent websites. Undoubtedly, this activity increases the chances to suffer from malware attacks, money loss, or identity theft.

Currently, the majority of computer users who might suffer from these redirects are located in the United States. However, people from the UK[3] and Germany might be bothered by this activity a lot too. Note that this does not mean that people from other countries can not get affected by You can never know when the developers will try to spread this adware program somewhere else.

Main.exosrv.comThe PUP provides advertisements that are adult-related. has other annoying features also. This potentially unwanted application can modify your infected web browser by changing its homepage without asking permission. Furthermore, the adware can collect information that relates to your browsing history and habits. Such details might include various websites visited, links clicked, videos and pictures viewed, saved bookmarks, IP addresses,[4] and similar.

However, if this ad-supported program has sneaked inside the computer, you might not only suffer from unwanted visits to shady websites but notice an increased amount of aggressive and annoying ads. The biggest issue is that some of these advertisements might be malicious and spread ransomware, Trojans or other malware.[5] To get rid of the adware, you should run a full system scan with an updated anti-malware tool. It will help to remove the adware problem entirely. You should finish this process with the help of FortectIntego which checks the system for virus damage and points to entries that have been altered.

However, if you do not want to use additional software, you can opt for the manual removal. The detailed guide is given at the end of this article. For manual elimination, you will have to clean web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, etc, on your own. All unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons need to be successfully removed. is adware which might redirect to questionable or malicious websites.

Intrusive behavior starts due to insecure freeware installations

Adware that is responsible for redirects to questionable sites usually spreads as an optional component in software packages. Therefore, ad-supported[6] applications, as well as a browser hijacker and other undesired apps, might be offered to download together with a primary program. However, you might not notice this offer and experience unwanted activities if you install free programs incorrectly. Quick/Standard installation settings are known as “wrong” ones because they usually do not openly disclose about third-party applications.

In order to avoid unwanted changes in your web browser, users have to rely only on Advanced/Custom installation and monitor each of the installation steps attentively. It’s important to read all notifications and do not leave any pre-selected agreements to install unnecessary applications. Additionally, cybersecurity experts recommend downloading and installing reliable antivirus software that will build up your computer's protection automatically.

Eliminate PUP and stop intrusive ads

If redirects to this shady website continue even if you do not visit adult-themed websites, it means that your PC is infected with adware. Thus, you have to remove virus using security software and removing suspicious components manually. Automatic elimination is a simpler solution that requires scanning the system with anti-malware software and letting it delete adware-related components from the system.

However, if you prefer the manual removal option, you can find the guide below the article. Ensure that you completed each step exactly as required and described in the instructions, otherwise, the adware program will just renew itself again. Moreover, make sure that you do not forget to take precautionary steps the next time you perform any kind of browsing activity.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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.

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Getting rid of Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Follow these steps to remove adware from Windows computer:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

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

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  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 fully 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. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

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

Clear cache and site data:

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

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox to stop unwanted activities caused by the ad-supported application.

Remove dangerous extensions:

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

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. 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

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

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

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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.


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