Remove ads (Easy Removal Guide)

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What is ads? virus aims to scam inexperienced PC users virus is an incredibly intrusive parasite that opens site repeatedly. The site then displays pop-ups stating that “An automatic file transfer to a remote computer is detected by System Firewall. Please click OK to authorize the transfer of data file. The virus then says that in case the transfer hasn’t been approved by the user, then the computer is at risk, and some criminals might be trying to steal private data. Since there is no way to close this pop-up, the user might click OK button. This will open a website that states that user’s connection to the “safe site” has been rejected because the computer is connected to a suspicious remote server. This can scare the victim and make him or her believe that the computer is actually at risk and that somebody is trying to control it remotely. Just like in the previous window, displays a tech support number and urges victim to call it. The victim will shortly notice how hard it is to close these pop-up windows. Even clicking on a random spot on site will launch another browser window and open the same phony website. Pop-ups can be closed by clicking “Prevent this page from creating additional dialogs” and clicking Close. Then do not click on anything else but the X on the tab that is opened. This will close the scammy web page. This site that triggers all these pop-ups launches because malware is installed on the system. This malware is designed to scare the user and force him to call tech support scammers. To maximize the effect, that phony website plays an audio message as well:

Your access to this secured website is blocked because your browser is infected with malware. Please contact customer support to resolve this issue Customer Support Toll-Free: +1 888-345-8305

Please do not call +1 888-345-8305 because scammers that pose as customer service representatives will attempt to deceive you and swindle money from you by persistently explaining that there are serious problems with your computer that need to be fixed. What is more, they might try to prove that they are right by commanding you to perform series of useless actions, access different folders and look through files stored there. Typically, scammers just show deeply hidden legitimate folders containing system files or other components that are necessary for the computer to function. Criminals might ask you to install some remote administration tools and try to access your computer remotely. Bear in mind that they can drop malicious files and run harmful programs such as ransomware, so do not give them access to your PC! If such malware has attacked your PC, remove with the help of anti-malware tool – ReimageIntego. Detailed removal instructions are presented underneath the article. virus attacks with millions of pop-up messages

How does such malware infect systems? ads can start torturing you immediately after installing another free program that looks entirely safe at first sight. However, you must know that a large number of free programs typically distribute additional programs alongside them. You can accidentally drop them on the system by choosing Default or Standard settings for the installation. You should pick Custom or Advanced settings instead and deselect all suggested downloads one by one. However, this malware might reach you via email, so be careful and do not open any suspicious letters containing attachments and do not even think about downloading them to your computer. Such emails often carry extremely malicious files that can do irreversible damage to the system.

How to remove ads?

You must remove virus as soon as you can; otherwise, it will keep launching more and more pop-ups for you. To put it shortly, ads by this malware are meant to stop you from studying, working, or just spending leisure time on the Internet and completely annoy you. However, removal should be carried out using the anti-malware program and not by calling the phony tech support number that is provided in almost every pop-up that this virus displays.

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Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

Close these intrusive ads by adding a tick to the checkbox next to “Prevent this page from creating additional dialogs” line and click Stay. Do not click anywhere else but only on the X button on the tab that is currently opened. After closing the ads, follow these instructions to deactivate the parasite and launch anti-malware tool to clean your PC system.

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):


After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with ReimageIntego and make sure that removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

How to prevent from getting ads

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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