ads (Free Guide) ads Removal Guide

What is ads? is a rogue website that promotes fake giveaways is a malicious website designed by cybercriminals to steal personal data is a fake website created by scammers to extort valuable information from users, make them download potentially unwanted software, or spend money on dubious services. If you have encountered this site by accident, you should not interact with it, as you may be a victim of a scam.

If you have noticed that your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or another web browser is commonly redirecting you to or similar websites, there is a chance that your system is infected with adware – a type of potentially unwanted software spreading through bundling[1] or similar questionable methods. We recommend performing a thorough system check if redirects and ads are persistent.

Type Survey scam, phishing, adware
Operation Claims that the user has been selected for a free gift or a monetary prize. Once the steps are completed, users are
Distribution Adware, malicious links, redirects from other websites
Dangers Redirects to survey scams and similar malicious websites could cause various issues, including monetary losses, virus infections, or personal data loss
Removal To remove unwanted apps manually, you can follow our removal guide below. If the unwanted ads and other disruptive behavior do not stop, you should scan your computer with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software and delete all threats automatically
Other tips After the removal of PUPs and malware, we recommend scanning the system with FortectIntego to clean browser caches and fix virus damage automatically

The scam techniques explained

Survey scams are relatively common in the cybercriminal landscape – we have been covering thousands of them over the years. For example, was spreading the infamous “Congratulations, Amazon User” and the “You've made the 9.68-billionth search!” scams. Similar to technical support scams, these ones work very well, even though they are the opposite of the latter – instead of trying to frighten users, survey scams attempt to lure them with expensive physical gifts or gift cards.

In the case of, the scams hosted are location-based, so users might see a fake message in Spanish, German, French, etc. Likewise, the fake gift cards may be coming from local stores to make the scam more believable. Despite these differences, the principle of all survey scams is the same: users are presented with a fake survey to complete (which usually takes only a few minutes) and then are promised a reward.

Instead of receiving the promised goods or money, users are usually asked to provide their personal details, such as a home address, telephone number, email, and even credit card details. If this data falls into cybercriminals' hands, it can be greatly misused – people might be targeted by further scam campaigns or have their identities stolen. scamSurvey scams are quite common, as they attempt to trick users that they are eligible for a free item

Likewise, the promised gift card or an item is a hoax, and they simply do not exist. Even after filling in all the necessary information, you will never receive what was promised. Instead, your data will be leaked by cybercriminals. Thus, never engage with such fake giveaways.

Delete adware from your device

If you have been observing suspicious browser behavior, such as intrusive ads or redirects to (or similar sites), you should definitely check your system for adware. Scanning the system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another reputable software would secure it from the most dangerous programs – checking for adware might require additional manual steps. Please check all the details below.


  • Enter Control Panel into the 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


  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 thoroughly 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.Uninstall from Mac 2

Besides programs installed on the system, there also could be unwanted extensions attached to your web browser. If you are using several browsers, it is advisable to check them all out and remove suspicious add-ons at once. You can find them by clicking the special “Extensions” button, usually located next to the settings menu/URL bar.

When you are completely sure that your system is clean from adware and other unwanted or malicious software, it is time to take care of your privacy. First of all, if you have disclosed the personal passwords you use on other accounts, you should immediately change them, as they might get compromised in the future (you shouldn't be reusing passwords in the first place, as it is a huge security hazard).[2]

The next step is to clean your browsers to ensure that cookies[3] and other trackers are eliminated – it would prevent third parties from further using them to find out which websites you visit, links you click, or ads you interact with. To prevent this, you should either employ FortectIntego to clean various leftover files for you automatically or follow the manual 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

MS Edge (legacy)

  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


  • 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

Internet Explorer

  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
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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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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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