ads (Free Instructions) ads Removal Guide

What is ads? is a fake website that shows various scams to visitors is a fake website that tries to trick users to provide their personal details

It goes without saying that users stumble upon website accidentally – usually, after clicking a link on some other malicious website. Likewise, automatic redirects can also occur under certain circumstances, and adware[1] infection should not be excluded as well. As soon as users access the page, they are shown an unexpected promotion and are told they have won a free gift they can pick – all they have to do is select one of the three mystery boxes first.

However, everything shown within the is a scam and you should never interact with whatever is offered. The authors commonly use all sorts of phishing[2] techniques to make the scam more believable, so some people might get tricked. Most frequently, the site shows survey or lottery messages that allegedly offer some type of reward after the requested actions are completed.

Those who do believe these offers might be asked to enter their personal information – including credit card details, which can later be used for all sorts of malicious purposes. Alternatively, people might be asked to subscribe to fake services, and their credit cards would be charged monthly or in other intervals automatically until the payments are manually suspended.

Evidently, all the promises of a free gift are never materialized, and users end up disclosing their personal data, installing malicious software, or losing money. If you have encountered the in one way or another, make sure you check your system for infections thoroughly, as adware-affected users are more likely to encounter scams online. Also, we will provide more insights on how the scam works, and what to do if you have interacted with it.

Type Scam, phishing, adware
Goal Make people provide personal information, subscribe to useless services, download malicious software or subscribe to push notifications
Distribution Redirects from other malicious websites, adware
Dangers Those who have malicious software installed on their systems are more likely to encounter dangerous websites, resulting in financial losses, malware infections, etc.
Removal To uninstall unwanted apps manually, you can follow our removal guide below. If the unwanted ads and other disruptive behavior does not stop, you should scan your computer with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software to delete all threats automatically
Other steps After you eliminate all PUPs from your system, make sure you clean your web browsers and repair system files. You can do that automatically with FortectIntego or refer to our manual guide

Gift scams are among the most popular form of fraud online

As already mentioned, can show all sorts of scam messages, although most commonly, users encounter various fake giveaways or lucky winners. For example, the “You've made the 9.68-billionth search” scam is among the most used misleading messages out there and has been used by many other websites, including,,, and many others.

In fact, is very likely that all these sites have been engineered by the same actors, as that increases the chances of users encountering them. Here's one of the messages you might be presented with as soon as you enter:

You've made the 9.68-billionth search!

Congratulations! You are the lucky winner!
Every 10 millionth search is reached worldwide, we will proclaim a winner to send out a thank-you gift.
Please select your lucky prize below and claim it by following the instruction.

It is implied later on that the giveaway is organized by Google or another reputable party, which is also accompanied by well-known company logos and other attributes. However, it is important to remember that all of this can be easily faked, so you should never believe just the visual clues alone. Always check the website URL and see if it makes sense – for sure has nothing to do with Google. virusRedirects to might indicate adware infection

Besides, no companies randomly select people in order to give them presents worth hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars absolutely for free. Remember, if it seems like it's too good to be true, it most likely is.

How to deal with the scam?

There are many people who deal with the deceptive situation differently, as it all depends on many different factors. For example, those who have previously dealt with online fraud would immediately recognize the deception and would leave the page immediately. Other visitors would actually believe that they are the lucky ones, and proceed to fulfill all the instructions presented to them.

First and foremost, it is important to note that it is unlikely to get infected with malware just by entering a website. For that to happen, your computer would have to have outdated/vulnerable software installed, and hackers would have to insert an exploit into the malicious page. Therefore, while this scenario is possible, it is quite unlikely.

Things change rather quickly when users begin interacting with phishing websites like Downloading and installing software is particularly dangerous, although clicking links might be unsafe as well. Most commonly, fake websites include links to similar places –, for example, might ask people to enable notifications in a deceptive manner, which would result in more malicious ads in the process.

Thus, if you have downloaded any software or clicked on links, we strongly advise you to check your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes security software immediately. Malware can be extremely stealthy and not show any signs or symptoms during its operations.

Another issue that should be addressed is adware, as many users who are affected by it frequently encounter malicious websites online. Security software scan should eliminate the most aggressive adware out there, although we recommend checking the instructions below and taking care of web browsers as well for best results.

Delete all installed programs

Some adware apps can be installed on the system level and can usually be eliminated via the Programs and Features (Windows) or Applications (Mac) sections of the device. If you have never had to uninstall the software before, you can proceed with the steps below, although, if you are unsure which program is legitimate and which isn't, we recommend you skip this entire step.


  • Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  • Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  • From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  • Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  • If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  • Wait till the uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2


On a Mac, removing adware might require a few more steps besides moving the unwanted app into Trash. Adware is known for inserting additional files that might cause the infection to resurface, so we recommend removing them too.

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.

Remove unwanted extensions and clean your browsers

Adware and other potentially unwanted applications are commonly spread in the form of an extension. Browser add-ons are really easy to make and pack enough functions in order to price advertisements on various visited websites. Therefore, when dealing with excessive ads, we recommend you check the installed extensions on your browser and remove all of those you don't recognize. You can easily find the installed add-ons by pressing the “Extensions” button next to the URL bar of your browser (or you can find it within the settings as well).

Your next task is making sure that tracking processes are no longer conducted, and for that, you need to clean web browsers thoroughly. The easiest way to do so is by using FortectIntego software – it can remove cookies[3] and other web data automatically for you within just a few seconds, get rid of malware leftovers, and also repair system damage that could have been sustained due to the infection, fixing crashes, errors, and other post-infection issues. Alternatively, you can follow the guide below:

Google Chrome

  • Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  • Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  • Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  • Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click Menu and pick Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security section.
  • Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  • Click on Clear Data…
  • Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  • Select Privacy and services.
  • Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  • Under Time range, pick All time.
  • Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge


  • Click Safari > Clear History…
  • From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  • Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari
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What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, 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.

How to prevent from getting adware

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 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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