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Adware | 06/18/2019

Remove the malicious ads pop-ups

About: ads are associated with various advertisement networks. Hence, it redirects you to various questionable sites. They might steal the information of your browsing activities.

| Adware | Remove the malicious ads pop-ups

Guide to remove ads is the rogue website to trick the users. ads redirect the victim to untrustworthy and malicious pages. They infiltrate the system without your knowledge and gain access over your browsing activities.

Additionally, it displays a fake error message and asks you to click on ‘Allow’. As soon as you click the Allow button, you are trapped.


Threat Summary

Name pop-up
Type Adware
Category Malware
Targeted OS Windows
Targeted Browser Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox


What is ‘ ads’?

Installed via bundling, the ‘ ads’ is the malicious software. You may install it unintentionally with other software/application. After the successful installation, these might redirect you to some unwanted pages, sometimes malicious ones. In addition, the rogue websites deliver intrusive pop-up ads, which may include – coupons, banners, surveys and so on. These fake advertisements are used to steal the information of your browsing activities.

They might also record the data such as:

  • User’s IP Address
  • Search Queries
  • Visited URLs
  • Geographical Location

All the collected information is send to the third party and misused to generated revenue. Apart from this, the some unwanted advertisements are designed in a way that they install other malicious apps, if clicked.

The trick began when this malware displays a fake error message and asks you to click on Allow button. As soon as you click the allow button, ads will bombard your system with unwanted and rogue pop-up ads.

Hence, to safeguard your privacy and for browsing safety, we recommend to delete ads ASAP.


Distribution Techniques

Sometimes, the malicious ads are available for download in their official websites. However, another gateway of this malware is the intrusive advisements or bundling software. Developers, bundle the nasty applications/software into the various installation steps. Bundling is the most common method, which is used to trick the users into installing unwanted/malicious software.

Typically, the bundled software is hidden in the ‘Advance/Custom’ settings of the installation process. While downloading the application/software, people rush through the setup options. Hence, this careless & reckless behavior exposes them to risks. They end up getting the unwanted applications installed in their system.

Hence, keep your eyes and senses open while installing any application or software.


Threat Behavior

These malicious adware generally infiltrates the system via bundling. They invade in the system without your knowledge. After the successful installation, it infects the available browsers in your system.Once the browser is infected, the nasty ads pop-up unwanted ads whenever you use internet.

In addition, scroll down to get a glimpse of a few major symptoms of this adware:

  • Unwanted advertisements appear in places they shouldn’t be.
  • The homepage of your browser will be changed mysteriously.
  • Your most visited web pages will be displayed in strange manner.
  • The back links on the pages will redirect to different sites.
  • Fake update pop-ups will appear.
  • Other malicious programs may be installed in your system without your knowledge.

To conclude with, it is advisable to remove ads you’re your system immediately, if detected. You can follow the simple and easy steps given below. However, if you wish to block this malicious adware on specific sites, you can freely use ‘Adblock’ – Browser Extension.


Removal guidelines of ads

STEP A: Remove malicious files from control panel

Note: Before we begin, try to remember how the extension got downloaded  on your computer system. Generally, these programs come bundled with free applications that we download off the internet. It is a good practice to locate and uninstall such programs while removing the Browser Hijacker/ Extensions.

Windows XP

  1. Click on the “Start” button on the bottom left corner of your screen. A Start menu will be displayed as shown below. From this menu select the option that reads “Control Panel”.Windows XP start menu image
  2. In the window that will be displayed, click the option “Switch to classic view”.Control panel switch to classic view
  3. This will display all the options/icons available to you. From the displayed icons, click on the icon that reads “Add or Remove Programs”.Windows XP add or remove a program
  4. Select the “Uninstall a program” option from the “Programs” category. A list will populate on the screen displaying all the programs.Uninstall a malicious program
  5. Select the programs related to and click on the Uninstall button.Windows XP confirmation window

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Right click on the “Start” button located at the lower left corner of the screen. From the Start menu, click on “Control Panel”.Windows 7 start menu
  2. The “Control Panel” Window will be displayed on the screen. Click on “Uninstall a Program” option from the “Programs” category.Uninstall a program from windows 7
  3. The “Programs and Features” window will be displayed on the screen. A list will populate on the screen displaying all the programs.
  4. Scroll though the list of programs and select the programs related to and then click on the “Uninstall” button.uninstall a program in Windows 7

Windows 8/10

  1. Right click on the “Windows logo” on the lower left side of the computer screen. From the drop down menu, select and click on “Control Panel”.Windows 10 start menu
  2. The “Control Panel” window will be displayed. From this window select “Uninstall a program” option form the “Programs” category.Control panel
  3. A list will populate on the screen displaying all the programs and features option
  4. Select the programs related to and click on the “Uninstall” button.uninstall a program in windows 8
  5. In the confirmation box, click on the box that reads “OK” to save changes.

STEP B: Show hidden files & folders

Windows 7

  1. Left click on the Organize button on the Windows Explorer. A drop down menu will appear.
    Folder and search options in windows 7
  2. On this menu left click on the option that reads “Folder and search options” as shown above. A folder options dialogue box will appear.
  3. On the View tab under the Advanced settings, Check the option that reads “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” and uncheck the option that reads “Hide protected operating system files“.
    Windows view tab advanced settings
  4. Click on the “OK” button to save your changes. This will make all the hidden files and folders visible to you.

Windows 8 and 10

  1. On the file explorer toolbar, click on the View
    windows 8 file explorer toolbar
  2. In the Show/hide section, Click on the “Hidden items” checkbox.
  3. Click on the options button.Windows explorer options button
  4. Under folder options, click on the “View” tab.
    Windows 8 - hide protected operating file system option
  5. Uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files” option.
  6. Click the “OK” button to save your changes.

STEP C: Remove from Configuration setting

  1. Type “Msconfig” in search box / Run Box, select it and press Enter.
  2. Click on “Services” Tab and click on “Hide all Microsoft services”.
  3. Select  from the list of remaining services and disable it by removing the tick mark from the checkbox and click on Apply button.

Windows 7

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with mentioned and remove the check mark.
  3. Click on Apply button and then click on OK.

Windows 10

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Take the mouse cursor to ‘Open task Manager‘ link and click on it.  This opens the Task Manager window.
  3. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with mentioned and click on it.
  4. Then click on Disable button.


Tips to prevent ads

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Vipre and Hitman so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.

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