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Tik Tok ads. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Tik Tok ads – annoying disturbance for YouTube, Snapchat and other application users

Tik Tok ads
TikTok is an application for making and sharing videos. However, a lot of users are being spammed by the unending ads advertising the application

Tik Tok ads is an annoying advertisement campaign started by a ByteDance – an internet technology company from China. The application TikTok was first launched in 2016 and since then got immensely popular reaching over 500 million global users. The app allows users to make and share short videos (usually 15 seconds long) with everyone. Unfortunately, users regularly see ads which advertise this program on YouTube, Snapchat, and other applications that they use. The Tik Tok ad problem is especially prevalent in Asian countries like Thailand and Japan, although American users complained as well. 

Name Tik Tok ads
Type May be associated with adware
Associated with TikTok app
Developed by ByteDance
Problem Annoying ads on all platforms
Elimination Use out instructions below
Optimization Install Reimage to fix the damage done by adware

According to users, TikTok ads are everywhere: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, iOS, macOS, Windows. While many users tried to disable ads by reporting it Google – it did not help. Tik Tok ads removal might be tricky, but please check the bottom section for complete instructions. 

Many users complained that they are shown a girl in Tik Tok ads, while others see creepy men making weird noises. If anything, most of the users found these ads disturbing and wanted them to stop.

TikTok ads might be associated with adware applications. Ad-supported software is usually disguised as an allegedly useful app, such as system optimization tool, add-on or a toolbar. However, as soon as users install it, they notice the increased amount of pop-ups, deals, offers, coupons and similar unwanted content plaguing their browsers.

If that is the case, you should use out instructions below, and you will be able to remove Tik Tok ads from your machine. Additionally, you should scan your computer with Reimage or similar PC repair software to revert.

However, in most cases, it is not adware that is causing TikTok ads to appear. ByteDance spent a lot of money on advertising. Thus, users might be seeing it without having adware on their PCs. In such a case, the best way to avoid Tik Tok would be to install ad blocking program, such as AdBlock or uBlock, although this solution is not optimal.

Avoid adware by installing free applications carefully 

Software bundling is a widely practiced tactic when it comes to potentially unwanted programs distribution. While marketers are quick to put the practice in use, there are not as many end users who are aware of this trick. Freeware authors often collaborate with each other, promoting the sponsored application by inserting it into their installation wizards. Unfortunately, they (purposely) fail to adequately disclose the full extent of the installation, sneakily asking users to opt for Recommended or Quick installation settings.

However, this is where most users make a mistake and avoid picking Advanced/Custom installation mode. For that reason, the full list of applications about to be installed remains hidden from the user, although, he or she technically agree to install them. Therefore, do not let tricky marketing practices fool you – select Advanced mode and deselect all the pre-checked boxes.

Get rid of TikTok ads

As we already mentioned, if the annoying ads are related to adware, you should use our instructions below to eliminate it. Alternatively, you can remove Tik Tok adware with the help of reputable security solutions that specialize in PUP elimination.

However, we suggest manual Tik Tok removal first. Please enter the list of apps via Control Panel (Windows) or Applications folder (Mac) and get rid of all questionable applications as explained below. We suggest you try all apps, even if they come from a well-known company. For example, some users reported that they got rid of a similar problem after they uninstalled Amazon assistant. [1]

If that does not help, experts advise using an ad blocker. This is not an optimal solution as it might prevent you from supporting artists that you like on YouTube or other platforms but at least the annoying TikTok ads will be gone. Unfortunately, the targeted advertisement is here to stay, and it is ruining many peoples' day.[2]

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To remove Tik Tok ads, follow these steps:

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Erase Tik Tok from Windows systems

To remove Tik Tok ads from Windows, follow these steps (please not that the method only works if adware is hiding in your PC):

  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 Tik Tok and related programs
    Here, look for Tik Tok 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'
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Get rid of Tik Tok from Mac OS X system

To get rid of the PUP on macOS, follow these instructions:

  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 Tik Tok 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'
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Uninstall Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Tik Tok 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, Tik Tok should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate Tik Tok from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

In case adware made changesto Mozilla Firefox, reset it the following way:

  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 Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Tik Tok from Google Chrome

  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 Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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