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Remove “Related Products” ads (Removal Guide) - Jun 2017 update

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Related Products ads are provided by potentially unwanted programs

Related Products pop-up virus is a potentially dangerous program that typically sneaks into the computer system to provide all forms of advertisements, mostly banners. It belongs to adware category[1] and it should be removed ASAP. If you notice annoying pop-ups, banners, in-text link ads and similar content marked as “Related Products” appearing on your computer screen when you browse the Internet, you should scan your computer with an anti-spyware program and see what adware program is running on your computer. It is likely that below such ads you will see the name of the adware that serves these ads for you – it is likely to be written in a fine print and say, for instance, “ads by Vidsqaure,” “ads by rightcoupon” or “powered by Parental Control.” Such adware displays delusive advertisements mostly, so you should not rely on any content it presents. Usually, the associated adware delivers price comparisons, discount codes, or coupons claiming that user can save money while shopping online. Unfortunately, most of these ads are illusory. Read below to find out why you should not trust ads by Related Products.

Adware-type software is described as potentially unwanted program (PUP) due to following reasons:

  • It tends to infiltrate the computer system seamlessly;
  • It tracks user’s personally non-identifiable information, but it might track personally identifiable information as well;
  • It slows down the computer’s performance and makes web browsers lag, not respond or even crash;
  • It delivers multiple advertisements, which are usually complemented with third-party hyperlinks. Unfortunately, some of these ads might cause redirects to dangerous websites[2] that are not even related to the content of the ad.

Examples of Related Products ads

You should be very careful if you notice these ads on your computer screen. Just like “Powered by” ads, they are meant to drive web traffic to particular web pages, which can be dangerous. Keep in mind that high-risk websites are likely to promote questionable downloads, so you should refrain yourself from downloading any content from websites that the described ad-supported virus forces you to visit. If you want to secure your computer, consider installing a reliable anti-malware software to remove Related Products automatically. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego anti-malware. You can also try to identify the culprit on your own – to make this task easier to you, we have prepared an informative Related Products removal tutorial which you can find below this article. Related Products pop-up virusRelated Products banners typically show up on the screen when browsing through online shops. Clicking on them can take you to dangerous websites.

Computer can get infected with adware due to lack of attention to software installation options

Many people ask us how and when did Related Products adware manage to enter their computer systems. In fact, the answer is very simple – such adware spreads via freeware and shareware, but many people are still unaware of it. Computer users make one main mistake that allows spyware-type programs enter their computers. They tend to rely on Default/Standard installation options which, in reality, are untrustworthy. These settings conceal the agreements to install optional applications like adware, browser hijackers, and other PUPs, so as a result, the user installs them alongside the selected program without even knowing it. For this reason, you should opt out these installation settings and choose Custom or Advanced installation method. Then you have to deselect the agreements to install optional software. That is all you need to do.

If the described adware has already infiltrated your computer system and now these commercial offers show up on your screen continuously, you should not waste your time and solve this problem without a delay. All you need to do is to uninstall the ad-supported software and delete associated extensions or files.

Tutorial on how to remove Related Products ads

If you do not want to encounter described ads anymore, remove Related Products virus from your PC using one of two methods we provide. You can delete the adware program manually – for that, we prepared a full and in-detail tutorial that is given below the article. Alternative method to that is to run a system scan with anti-malware program to perform automatic Related Products removal. We are sure about one thing – these ads are unlikely to help you to save money, because they typically aim to lure victims into particular websites to boost their rankings and generate pay-per-click revenue at the same time. Besides, annoying advertisements appearing on websites you visit typically cover part of website’s content, and that is obviously not an acceptable activity. From our point of view, there is no reason to keep such adware installed on your PC. It is annoying, deceptive, and basically hardly useful program. If you want to browse the web without interruptions and make your computer work smoothly, do not delay the removal and complete this task right now.

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To remove “Related Products” ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of “Related Products” from Windows systems

The provided guide explains how to find and remove programs that might display such pop-ups and banners on your screen. We suggest looking for programs called VidsqaurE, Right Coupon, ParentalControl, Capricornus, DNS Unlocker, QKsee, and similar.

  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 “Related Products” and related programs
    Here, look for “Related Products” 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'

Delete “Related Products” from Mac OS X system

Find questionable applications on your Mac using the guide provided below.

  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 “Related Products” 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'

Uninstall “Related Products” 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 “Related Products” 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 “Related Products” removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase “Related Products” 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, “Related Products” should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate “Related Products” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Firefox becomes victimized by potentially unwanted programs because tend to display their annoying ads via it. Usually, they add several add-ons to the browser to start controlling it. The provided tutorial explains how to uninstall questionable add-ons from Firefox.

  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 “Related Products” 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 “Related Products” removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove “Related Products” from Google Chrome

Open Chrome browser and access its Extensions panel. Here, look for questionable extensions that managed to hijack Chrome browser without your knowledge. The extension itself might have a description that has nothing to do with shopping and money saving – if it looks suspicious to you, delete it without any hesitations. 

  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 “Related Products” 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 “Related Products” removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of “Related Products” 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 “Related Products” 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 “Related Products” 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. kanye says:
    April 7th, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    thank you so much! these ads were showing up on my screen every day

  2. Rounds says:
    April 7th, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Removed 2 ad-supported programs. Thnx for providing this versatile removal guide:)

  3. monicaalvarez says:
    April 7th, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    SpyHunter fixed everything! Good program, thanks for recommending it 🙂

  4. richard68 says:
    April 7th, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    the ads are gone. and guess what? I managed to do it manually. Thats exciting!

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