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Remove SurfeLan ads (Improved Guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Why do SurfeLan ads keep popping up on the browser?

If your browser is bombarded with SurfeLan ads, there’s no doubt that your computer has been infected with an adware program. This program is designed to deliver an excessive amount of ads. If you stay away and resist clicking them, you don’t need to worry about anything. However, it may be hard to do it because pop-ups, ads, banners, in-text ads, discount coupons and other “great offers” follow you wherever you go. This annoying computer infection is knowns as Surfingelan or SurfeLan virus. It usually sneaks inside computers without users’ knowledge bundled with video players, PDF converters or other free applications that users download from the Internet. Once it gets inside, it starts delivering advertisement and monitoring browsing activity. Gathered information includes recently and mostly visited websites, time spent on particular pages, search queries, IP address, computer’s location and other non-personally identifiable information. This aggregated information allows characterizing you and providing targeted ads. Besides SurfeLan adware can secretly install third-party plugins or extensions that are capable of tracking or even trying to steal your personal information. In this case, your passwords, banking information, and identity may be in danger.

Questions about SurfeLan ads

ersonalized and interest-based ads are misleading and encourage users to click them. However, you may end up a questionable website that has nothing in common with an advertised product or services. SurfeLan redirect problems are the biggest threat of this virus. Some of the misleading ads may redirect you to the questionable third-party website there you may be offered to install particular applications or for some reason reveal you person information. SurfeLan ads may also warn you about crucial updates. However, these ads may include Trojans or ransomware viruses, so clicking them may be extremely dangerous. So, you should not ignore the appearance of these ads. As soon as you see them, scan the computer with a strong anti-malware application and let it eliminate all malicious components. For SurfeLan removal we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. If you do not prefer using additional software for virus elimination, you can remove SurfeLan manually following our instructions presented at the end of the article.

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How can I protect my computer from adware?

You have to be careful every time you install particular applications or programs, because inattentiveness and careless behavior might cause SurfeLan hijack. Adware, browser hijackers, and PUPs spread bundled with freeware and shareware as optional programs. However, the majority of computer users don’t know about this sneaky feature. When you install programs using “Quick” or “Recommended” settings, you allow installing additional applications as well. Installation wizard does not inform about other programs, so many users believe that they are installing a single program. Unfortunately, then you install media player or PDF converter, you may install a whole software package. For this reason, you have to “unpack” it by installing programs using “Advanced” mode. It allows controlling installation process and prevents PUPs from getting inside your PC. Following these tips, you can not only avoid SurfeLan but other computer infections as well.

Guidelines for SurfeLan virus removal

There’s no surprise that adware programs are promoted as useful tools that help to save some money; however they are not worth installing or keeping. Therefore, you should not agonize and let intrusive ads bother you. Remove SurfeLan with all its unwanted features with the help of reputable malware removal utility. All you have to do is to install a particular program, update it and run a full system scan. Then sit tight and wait while it detects and eliminates all malware related components. If you prefer, you can do this task on your own. But keep in mind that manual SurfeLan removal is quite complicated, so carefully follow our prepared step-by-step guide below. Don’t forget to check all your web browsers and uninstall suspicious components that may have been installed without your consent.

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To remove SurfeLan ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall SurfeLan from Windows systems

Your task is to find and eliminate adware program as well as all SurfeLan virus-related components. Please, follow the instructions carefully and don’t forget to check your web browsers. Adware may have installed additional applications or extensions that should be removed as well.

  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 SurfeLan and related programs
    Here, look for SurfeLan 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'

Remove SurfeLan from Mac OS X system

  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 SurfeLan 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 SurfeLan from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow these steps and look for suspicious add-ons. Once you find them, remove as shown below.

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

Erase SurfeLan 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, SurfeLan should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of SurfeLan from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of extensions and look for questionable plugins. If you cannot remember installing particular apps, install them without hesitation.

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

Eliminate SurfeLan from Google Chrome

Sort extensions by installation date and remove all unknown entries that might be related to adware program responsible for SurfeLan ads.

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

Uninstall SurfeLan 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 SurfeLan 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 SurfeLan removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

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 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. user says:
    November 28th, 2016 at 6:31 am

    these ads are soooo annoying! Cant stand them!

  2. Ruth says:
    November 28th, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Even Adblock is helpless against SurfeLan ads…

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