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Remove Sponsored ads virus (Simple Removal Guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as QuickSearch | Type: Adware

Sponsored virus, or the reason why these annoying ads appear on your screen:

If you notice annoying pop-ups or banners appearing on your computer screen while you browse the Internet, it indicates that your computer is infected with QuickSearch virus. It is an ad-supported program, also called as a potentially unwanted one (PUP). Ads by QuickSearch commonly show up when the PC user browses sites such as eBay, Amazon, AliExpress and basically any online store. You can recognize these ads from two major signs – first of all, they come in the Dutch language, second, they are marked as “Sponsored.”

 Sponsored ads virus

Be careful because these ads by Sponsored are likely to be deceptive. No matter that they appear to be a content of the website that you are visiting, in reality, they are generated by Sponsored adware, also known as QuickSearch adware. The aim of this ad-supported program is to track user’s browsing activity and create catchy-looking ads that would attract the computer user click on them. For this reason, it collects personally non-identifiable information about the user such as browsing history, clicks, search queries, computer’s geolocation, and IP address. Based on this information, Sponsored creates particular ads and displays them for the user. You will see these ads injected into web search results, they will appear as banners, pop-ups, and sometimes as in-text links on the websites you visit. Please be careful and try not to click on these ads as you can never know what hyperlink hides behind the ad. There is no assurance that Sponsored ads will lead you to the website related to the ad content; most likely you are going to be redirected to some shady website that belongs to QuickSearch’s affiliates. Some of the websites you might end up on can be dangerous, so that is why we strongly recommend you to avoid Sponsored ads at all costs. Needless to say, a continuous flow of pop-up ads and banners will eventually annoy you to death. If you want to avoid such interruptions during your browsing sessions, you should remove Sponsored PUP without any hesitations. You can do that with a help of anti-spyware software, for instance, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

How does Sponsored hijack computer systems?

Questions about Sponsored ads virus

This annoying app can be installed on your computer with or without your knowledge. However, it cannot enter your computer without your permission, so take note that if it was installed, it means you did give permission for that to happen. If you cannot remember when did you give an authorisation to enter your PC, read below.

Sponsored adware spreads together with various free applications and can be installed if the user chooses to install the program using Default or Standard installation mode. Now, even these settings are commonly marked as “recommended,” you shouldn’t trust them. They conceal pre-selected agreements to install additional applications, and in order to deselect them, you should opt for Custom or Advanced mode instead. Then you can opt out any unwanted software components and install only the preferred program.

How to remove Sponsored ads?

To stop the Sponsored virus, you need to uninstall it from your system. There is hardly any reason to keep this program as it basically has no use; it only slows down the computer system and triggers annoying adverts. We provide two Sponsored removal options for you to choose from:

  • The manual removal technique;
  • The automatic removal technique.

You can find both methods explained below. Consider whether you want just to remove this program and leave your computer unprotected, or if you want to uninstall it automatically and protect your PC from spyware and malware.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 Sponsored ads virus, follow these steps:

Delete Sponsored ads from Windows systems

To remove Sponsored 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 Sponsored 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.

Uninstall Sponsored ads from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Sponsored ads from Applications folder:

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

Erase Sponsored ads 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 Sponsored 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 Sponsored ads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Sponsored ads virus 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 Sponsored 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

Eliminate Sponsored ads 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 Sponsored 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 Sponsored 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 Sponsored ads removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Sponsored ads 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 Sponsored 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 Sponsored 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 Sponsored ads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Sponsored ads 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 Sponsored 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

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 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.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. blink says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:43 am

    pathetic! this is a very bad program and it does not provide any good shopping deals! its a crappy software! I was infected with sponsored virus and I used to think that these ads come from the web pages that I browse through, I was wrong…

  2. Jake says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I did not recognize that “Sponsored” ads are malicious either. I have noticed that my browser works slower so decided to scan my PC with antispyware, which found this.

  3. Trixie says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I dont get it, which program brought this virus to my pc…

  4. rick12 says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:46 am

    good information

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