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Remove ads (Tutorial) - Virus Removal Instructions

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

Why do you keep receiving ads?

Be careful not to become a victim of virus attack – this and similar computer parasites are actively distributed nowadays. This suspicious computer infection usually doesn’t leave any of its traces in Control Panel, so after an unsuccessful attempt to find it on the system users might start thinking that it is impossible to remove because it is a very bad computer virus. However, it is not that hard to eliminate this adware-type program, but one needs to have certain computing skills to delete it successfully. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) has skills that allow it to hijack Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers only. However, if it managed to affect Chrome or other web browsers, please report to us immediately. Now, let us explain why it is not recommended to keep this adware[1] program on the system. ads virus configures Firefox proxy settings and starts displaying a lot of ads for the victim during his browsing sessions.

Questions about ads

Although adware claims to be useful to that allows accessing blocked websites with no geo-restrictions[2]. Sadly, it also seeks to clutter your computer screen with pop-up windows and display third-party ads to you. A number of ads that this adware displays is enormous, and this might prevent you from navigating through the Internet quickly because you will need to make pauses to close ads. What is more, these ads are designed to attract your attention because the vast of them will be selected for you based on your interests. Wondering how does this program get to know your interests? The answer is, tracking cookies[3]. It inserts these little helpers into your browser and uses them to collect your details such as search queries, browsing history, ads that you click on, and similar information. However, data such as your search queries can contain details that you might not want to reveal to anyone, or even disclose your identity. Therefore, it is highly recommended to remove adware without a wait. You can do it by using anti-spyware software (Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner), which will automatically fix whatever this PUP has done to browser settings, or take matters into your hands and implement manual removal. It goes without saying that the latter option is the more difficult one.

How could this PUP configure my browser settings without my permission?

This adware program typically configures browsers to use a remote WPAD.dat[4] file as the Automatic Configuration Script in browser settings. Affected browsers then download a script from a remote location and use the instructions in the script to configure browser’s settings, for instance, proxy settings. If you were infected with malware that sets such settings without your knowledge, we highly recommend you to pay more attention to software installation settings. When you download free programs from the Internet, make sure you choose Custom or Advanced settings to install them. Otherwise, you won’t be allowed to opt-out unwanted items that come bundled with your download. Your task is to deselect additional items suggested to you and then complete the installation procedure by following guidelines provided by the installer. Just do not trust it when it recommends some third-party software to you – the developer of your chosen software is likely to be paid to do so.

How can I remove ads?

Now, we have some bad news to you. It is not that easy to remove virus – the adware program configures the AutoConfigUrl value in Windows Registry[5], and everyone knows that this panel should be touched only by advanced computer users. If you’re willing to try to fix your browsers manually, please follow instructions given below this article. However, it is highly recommended to leave this task for an automatic malware removal program such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. It can complete removal safely.

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To remove ads, follow these steps:

Remove from Windows systems

You will need to edit some values in Windows Registry. It is a hard thing to do, besides, it requires patience and extreme caution (deleting wrong keys can cause system stability problems), so if you’re not sure that you will manage to handle this task, just install a professional malware removal tool and let it delete the virus for you. Now, here’s what you need to do:

1. Reboot your PC into Safe Mode.

2. Open Start Menu and search for regedit. Open it.

3. Find a folder called HKEY_CURRENT_USER and expand it. Then, expand SOFTWARE folder, then find and expand Microsoft folder. Find Windows folder then go to > Current version. Here, locate Internet Settings folder. In this folder, you will see the AutoConfigURL entry. Right-click on it and delete the URL from Value data. Delete AutoConfigURL entry then. In some cases, deleting ProxyServer and ProxyEnable entries is required.

4. Close the Regedit, right-click anywhere on your desktop and click Refresh. Follow instructions given below:

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall 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 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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Eliminate from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. In IE, click on Tools icon and then open Internet Options.
  2. Navigate to Connections Tab, then open LAN settings.
  3. In this panel, find and delete the URL in Use automatic configuration script option and turn it off. Hit OK to apply changes.
  4. Launch Internet Options again (as explained in the first step) and go to Advanced tab.
  5. Reset Internet Explorer.

  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 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 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Go to Firefox Menu and open Preferences.
  2. Select Advanced Tab, then Network Tab, and finally Settings.
  3. Erase the URL typed into Automatic proxy configuration URL field and click OK to confirm your choice.
  4. In the address box, type in about:support and press Enter. Click on Refresh Firefox… and confirm your choice.

  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 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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.

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Gabriel E. Hall
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  1. kites says:
    April 7th, 2017 at 9:05 am

    This virus is nasty! It roots deeply, its impossible to remove it! i swear!

  2. mad says:
    April 7th, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I hate! I never asked for it! Why did it hack my computer? I hate those annoying ads it sends to me!

  3. Nina24 says:
    April 7th, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I managed to remove this infection, but only by using a professional malware remover. I dont think its possible to delete it manually, either

  4. dustoffyc says:
    April 7th, 2017 at 9:06 am

    thank you for providing this tutorial.

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