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Remove NTSRV ads

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About NTSRV application:

NTSRV seems like a misleading abbreviation, isn’t it? If you have noticed such composition of letters within your Task Manager, web browser or any other place on the Windows platform, don’t ignore it. NTSRV is closely related to fake Visual C++ 2013 (specifically Visual C++ 2013 x86 Redistributable 3.0.4) software, which has recently been classified as ‘adware’ and is also known as ‘potentially unwanted program’ (PUP) due to misleading distribution strategy.

According to security experts, NTSRV uses a code that disables advertisements brought by commercial web pages like Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and so on. Instead of them, it delivers predetermined advertisements (pop-up, pop-under, banner ads, textual links, interstitial ads, etc.) injected by affiliate parties. Unfortunately, but NTSRV ads may not be safe to encounter. As we have mentioned, they are prepared by third parties (not necessarily trustworthy). It means that the part of the “Ads by NTSRV” may be related to coupons, deals, and discounts while the other part may reveal misleading content, like installers of other adware, browser hijacker or even malware.

NTSRV ads on Chrome

Questions about NTSRV ads

The 2-spyware research team also warn that NTSRV malware can display very catchy advertisements. In other words, if you are interested in cosmetics, fashion, smart phones or any other stuff, this misleading extension may provide very personalized ads. This marketing trick is initiated with the help of tracking cookies and web beacons that allow collection/spread of browsing-related information (IP address, location, email address, search queries, pages viewed, clicks, etc.). In a nutshell, if you are not willing to land on contaminated web pages after clicking on the NTSRV pop-up ads accidentally or disclosing some pieces of sensitive data without even being aware of that, remove this fake Visual C++ 2013 x86 Redistributable 3.0.4 hiding under the name NTSRV. For this purpose, you can use ReimageIntego or another professional anti-malware. Besides, removal of this app may be executed using a guide given in the Page2.

How can NTSRV hijack Chrome, Firefox, IE, and other web browsers?

Reputable security vendors warn that NTSRV (a.k.a. Visual C++ 2013 x86 Redistributable 3.0.4) typically travels via software packages. Its extension is typically hidden under quick, basic or express installation setup of various third-party download managers, PDF creators, torrent files, and so on. That’s why most of the victims who have experienced NTSRV redirects to affiliate web pages claim that they haven’t installed such a program at all. Once the extension is executed, it drops corrupted files, including BHO, CRX, BAT or XPI that help the extension to root deeply into a web browser and prevent easy detection/removal. Right after that, NTSRV virus starts tracking non-personal information, displaying advertisements, and causing browsing-related issues. Thus, if you want to protect your PC from malware infection or other issues, our recommendation is to perform NTSRV removal ASAP. The guide explaining how to do that is given in the next page.

How to uninstall this bogus application?

Before you start reading information related to NTSRV removal, you should put several useful tips into your mind that will help you to prevent unwanted installers in the future. Potentially unwanted programs (adware, browser hijacker) are spreading bundled with freewares/sharewares. Therefore, if you want to keep your PC virus/malware/PUP free, you should:

  1. Select freewares carefully;
  2. Choose download source attentively;
  3. Avoid quick/basic/express installation;
  4. Check advanced/custom settings cautiously;
  5. Untick toolbars, extensions, add-ons, plug-ins that are set by default.

If you have already installed NTSRV virus on your PC’s system, our recommendation would be to let a professional anti-spyware check you Windows platform and detect all issues residing on it. If you are not keen on using additional software, then you should remove NTSRV PUP manually, i.e. perform the steps that are given below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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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To remove NTSRV ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of NTSRV from Windows systems

To remove NTSRV ads from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  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 entries related to NTSRV ads (or any other recently installed 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.

Remove NTSRV from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove NTSRV ads from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for NTSRV ads-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 NTSRV ads, 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 related to NTSRV ads and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the NTSRV ads-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete NTSRV from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for NTSRV ads and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  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

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete NTSRV ads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase NTSRV ads 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 NTSRV ads-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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

Uninstall NTSRV from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 plugins that are related to NTSRV ads and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  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

In case NTSRV ads did not get removed after following the instructions above, 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 – this should complete NTSRV ads removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate NTSRV 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 NTSRV ads 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the NTSRV ads-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 to complete NTSRV ads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of NTSRV from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to NTSRV ads 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

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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.

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  1. Alexa2 says:
    January 8th, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Just an annoying piece of software that displays tons of NTSRV ads when I browse. Thanks 2-spyware for the removal guide

  2. David Shaheen says:
    January 8th, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Its a very stupid app. Its not even possible to understand what NTSRV is going to do as it is presented in a bogus manner. I dont know why I agreed to install it.

  3. Ms. Snicker says:
    January 8th, 2016 at 1:32 am

    it is a USELESS app that promises to display deals, but instead displays sponsored ads to unfamiliar pages. I believe that this app has already lost its popularity.

  4. AJ Forrester says:
    January 8th, 2016 at 1:40 am

    DO NOT purchase anything promoted on the pages to which “Ads by NTSRV” redirect as the prices on those pages are higher than everywhere else. Besides, it might be that those pages are powered by cyber crooks, so be careful

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