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Remove Tik Tok ads (Improved Instructions) - Sep 2020 update

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Tik Tok ads is an annoying ad campaign that turned into a nightmare for YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, and other application users

Tik Tok ads

Tik Tok ads is an annoying advertisement campaign started by a ByteDance – an internet technology company from China. Initially, many people praised the app as an alternative to many social network platforms. The application TikTok was first launched in 2016 and since then got immensely popular reaching over 500 million global users. Additionally, it acquired a similar app called Muscal.y and later merged it with TikTok. It allows users to make and share short videos (usually 15 seconds long) with everyone. However, because the app reached great success in China, it started to spread elsewhere – the USA and Europe. Due to increasing popularity, app developers launched various ad campaigns (e.g., #ImaDoMe), promoting TikTok on Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. 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 Muscal.y
Developed by ByteDance
Problem Annoying ads on all platforms
Elimination Use out instructions below
Optimization Install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix the damage done by adware

According to users, these 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 some even raised concerns about whether or not the app is safe to used for teens below 16.[1]

TikTok ads innapropriateMany users expressed concerns that ads displayed by TikTok are inappropriate for underaged

Additionally, videos like “TikTok cringe compilation” or 'MORE Cringe TikTok Ads!” are flooding YouTube as a way to make fun of low-quality ads made by random users. Finally, some users showed concerns about ads being sexist or even racist.[2]

Annoyed users on Reddit wrote:[3]

I've been getting the same Tik Tok ads.

At first I thought it was because I had watched some or Pyrocynical's videos on TikTok but now I see that everyone getting these ads.

Now nearly every time there's an ad on a video, it's a TikTok ad.

glad i'm not the only one suffering from these, the worst thing is it's not just youtube with this stupid ads, they're all over my instagram and snapchat.

These ads are a cancer on the Internet. They show up everywhere. It's another stupid trend. Call me Grandpa Kyle Broflovski, but that's how I feel.

AND THEY SHOW UP EVERYWHERE. Just like Monday.com ads on the New York City Subway.

TikTok ads might be associated with adware[4] applications. Ad-supported software is usually disguised as an allegedly useful app, such as a 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 our instructions below, and you will be able to remove Tik Tok ads from your machine. Additionally, you should scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or similar PC repair software to make sure your system is running smoothly.

However, in most cases, it is not adware that is causing TikTok ads to appear. ByteDance spent a lot of money on advertising campaigns. 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.

TikTok advertisementTik Tok ads is a annoying spam campaign that is displaying ads related to the TikTok application

Avoid adware by installing free applications carefully 

Software bundling is a widely practiced tactic when it comes to potentially unwanted program 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.

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 advertisements here to stay, and it is ruining many peoples' day.[5]

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To remove Tik Tok ads, follow these steps:

Erase Tik Tok from Windows systems

To remove Tik Tok ads from Windows, follow these steps (please note that the method only works if the adware is hiding in your PC):

To remove Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok (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.

Get rid of Tik Tok from Mac OS X system

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

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

Remove Tik Tok from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Tik Tok ads 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 Tik Tok-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 Tik Tok from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

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 Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok-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 Tik Tok removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok 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

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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