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Remove Provider Ads (Improved Guide) - Oct 2016 update

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Questions about Provider Ads

According to the security experts, Provider Ads virus exhibits all traits that are typical to adware viruses: it usually infiltrates computers via freeware/shareware and then settles down on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer to display sponsored ads. As any other adware, once installed it starts performing doubtful activities. First of all, it may inject its files into Windows startup, Control Panel, and registries. Having done that, it gets the chance to load once the system is booted. This adds additional strain to the system, making other programs on the computer more prone to malfunctioning or crashing completely. However, parts that are likely to be affected by the Provider virus the most are the Internet browsers which may start crashing, freezing, and slowing down due to the ads and redirects this malware might trigger. Unfortunately, Provider Ads redirect users to random web pages only because the adware has to deliver tons of sponsored advertisements (pop-up, pop-under, banner, interstitial ads, in-text links, etc.) linked to the websites of its affiliates. The main problem is related to the reliability of the promoted web pages. Security experts warn that this adware may be sponsored by doubtful parties, so some ads by Provider may expose you to doubtful or even dangerous websites. Therefore, do not even consider keeping this PUP on your computer. To remove Provider Ads, you can either follow the guide which is given at the end of this article or run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Provider Ads virus illustrated

In addition to what has already been said, we should also mention the concerning fact that Provider malware may also employ cookies for spying on you and investigating your browsing habits and preferences. Additional software, like browser extensions, toolbars or add-ons may be installed for tracking purposes as well. It is not difficult to guess why creators of an ad-focused program work so hard to acquire such information. If you haven’t got any idea, let us explain. Imagine you are looking for a new computer. The tracking software records your search queries and places them into a database. Now, the next time you open your browser and surf the web, various computer deals may start appearing. Wouldn’t you be tempted to check them out? Apparently, adware creators believe you would, that is why such customer hooking strategies are applied. On our behalf, we strongly recommend keeping from such ads as far as possible. In case you have already clicked on one of them, we urge you to scan your computer without delay. Trust us; you do not want more trouble than you will already have with the Provider Ads removal.

How did this adware end up on my computer?

We have already mentioned that Provider ads are typically distributed using “bundling.” This technique allows freeware developers to monetize their products, so it’s not surprising that freeware developers and third party download websites apply this technique every day. In order to check your PC’s system and protect it from unwanted/malicious apps, check freeware before installing them.

  • First of all, you should try to find the official website of the freeware that you opt for installing and read its EULA/Privacy Policy.
  • If you find nothing suspicious, you may start the installation but don’t forget to select “Advanced” or “Custom” installation option and opt out the check marks that are marked alongside statements like: “I agree to install Provider Ads”, “I agree with Terms and Conditions and accept to install Provider Ads”, etc.
  • If you select “Quick” or “Basic” installation, such offers may not be disclosed to you, which means that additional components might be installed by default.

How can I remove Provider advertisements from my web browser?

Experts treat Provider Ads virus as malware, mainly because of the intrusive advertisements its users receive during browsing. It means that the only way to get rid of unwanted advertisements is to remove the adware first and then reset web browser’s settings. You can remove Provider virus manually using the instructions given below. Nevertheless, if never-ending ads and redirects are your daily headache, we want to warn you that there is a huge possibility that other potentially unwanted programs are also hiding in PC’s system. To remove them once and for all, our recommendation would be to check the system with a professional anti-malware. Naturally, such program should successfully remove Provider as well, so you can use it unhesitatingly if you aim for a quick and thorough system clean up.

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To remove Provider ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of Provider from Windows systems

Provider Ads virus mostly infects Windows operating systems and it can be eliminated by deleting its related components from the computer and resetting the infected browsers. This PUP often travels with other malware, so we strongly suggest scanning your computer with antivirus like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to expose them all. If you cannot do that, you will have to disable these programs manually. To do that, you will have to go through the list of recently installed programs, find unknown ones and uninstall them.

  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 Provider and related programs
    Here, look for Provider 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'

Uninstall Provider from Mac OS X system

Though we haven’t received any complaints about Provider Ads attacking Mac OS X, the virus still has that capacity. So, you should follow the instructions below and terminate any programs that you find suspicious or the ones which have been installed on the computer without your knowledge.

  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 Provider 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'

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

Eliminate Provider ads 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, Provider should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Provider 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 Provider 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 Provider removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Provider from Google Chrome

  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 Provider 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 Provider removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Provider 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 Provider 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 Provider removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. Antara Ghanta says:
    January 17th, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Thanks for the guide! Removed Provider virus successfully

  2. andrew says:
    January 17th, 2016 at 7:31 am

    How did you remove it? I tried using manual instructions, but I was not allowed to terminate that app

  3. Danny Jane says:
    January 17th, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Provider malware ruined my web browsing experience! Im glad that I did not endure it for long. Used SpyHunter to get rid of it from my PC

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