How To Get Rid of Adware

How to Get Rid of Adware

By Jose Ortiz

This tutorial will show you how to get rid of adware using AdwCleaner on Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

 

Adware, which is ad-supported software, is a program that displays unwanted advertisements in the form of pop-up ads or banners ads.

 

These nasty programs can hijack your browser and redirect your search query to other websites you are not interested in.

 

Adware can affect computer performance and stability.

 

The majority of the times adware programs comes bundled in with other free software and installs without the user’s knowledge or consent.

 

Symptoms that you are infected with adware are:

  • You see pop-ups and banner ads on a regular basis.
  • Your homepage has changed and you cannot change it back.
  • Your computer is running slower than usual.
  • Your browser has a toolbar or search bar that was not there before.

 

In order to get rid of adware we are going to be using AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a unique program which gets rid of adware, toolbars, Potentially Undesirable Programs, and browser hijackers from your computer.

 

As of this writing AdwCleaner is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1,10 in 32 & 64 bits.

Steps to Get Rid of Adware

Before we start getting rid of adware, we need to protect our system by creating a Restore Point.
If you encounter any problems while removing adware, you can use a restore point to restore your computer’s system files to an earlier point in time.

 

 

1. CREATE A RESTORE POINT

  • Press the key combination [Windows logo] + [R] to open the Run tab and type sysdm.cpl ,4.
  • Click Ok.

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  • If the User Account Control window appears, click Yes or Continue.

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  • This will bring up the System Properties box. Under available drives, protection should be turned on for the C: drive.

If protection for the C: drive is not On, then…

  • Select the C: drive.

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  • Click the Configure button.

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  • Click the radio button “Restore system settings and previous version of files.”
  • Move the slider to 1%. (based on 1TB hard drive). 2% for smaller drives.

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  • Click Apply and then Ok.

 

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  • Click the Create button.

 

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  •  Type a description to help you identify the restore point. (The current date and time are added automatically.)

 

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  • Click the Create button. A Restore Point will be created.

2. DOWNLOAD ADWCLEANER

I know that you are in a hurry to get rid of adware, so go to this page to download AdwCleaner.

 

Notice: Your browser security settings or anti-virus scanner may prevent AdwCleaner from downloading. If this is the case, you will be given the option to Run it instead.

 

 

  •  Click the Download Now button.

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  • Click Save as and select Desktop as destination.

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Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and Internet browsers. This is important. If you can, temporarily disable your antivirus software before running Adwcleaner.

 

  • On desktop, Right Click AdwCleaner icon and run as Administrator.

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  • Wait for the database to download.

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  • And here is the AdwCleaner interface. Click Scan.

 

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  • AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious entries.

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  • You will know when AdwCleaner has completed its scan when you see “Pending. Please uncheck elements you don’t want to remove” above the progress bar.

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There are nine tabs that you must inspect before clicking the Clean button:

  1. Services: Malicious services list.  AdwCleaner will disable and then delete the service.
  2. Folders: Malware folders list. AdwCleaner will delete the content and then the folder(s).
  3. Files: Malicious files list. AdwCleaner will delete the file(s).
  4. Shortcuts: Modified or hidden links list. AdwCleaner will restore the links to previous state before being infected.
  5. Scheduled Tasks: Here you will see malicious entries that are scheduled to run.
  6. Registry: Registry items modified by the infection. AdwCleaner will delete the key, the value or the data, or restore the key.
  7. Internet Explorer: List of configuration and extensions modified by the infection. AdwCleaner will remove the extensions and restore the configuration.
  8. FireFox: List of profiles and preferences files. Add-ons are listed in the tabs “Folders” and “Registry”.
  9. Google Chrome: List of profiles and preferences files. Addons are listed in the tabs “Folders” and “Registry”.
  • Click the Clean button to start deleting malicious entries.

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  •  A warning to close all open programs. Click Ok.

 

 

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  • Some tips to avoid Potentially Unwanted Programs and adware from infecting your computer.
  • Click the Ok button.

 

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  • Click Ok to restart the computer and complete the removal process.

 

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  • Once in desktop, a log report will be generated. You can close the text file.
  • This log report will also be saved in C:\AdwCleaner.

 

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3. RESET BROWSER TO DEFAULT SETTINGS

One more step that I like to take is to reset all browsers to their default settings.

  • How to reset Internet Explorer link.
  • How to reset Google Chrome link.
  • How to reset FireFox link.

Now let’s put a plan together so you can stay malware and spyware free. Once you have completed with AdwCleaner, run a scan with Malwarebytes. Then run a complete scan with SuperAntiSpyware. In the future, run AdwCleaner when necessary.

 

In addition to this you should have an active anti-virus scanner working in the background.

 

I like to run a scan with Malwarebytes daily. I then run a full scan weekly with SuperAntiSpyware and my antivirus software. This layered approach will provide greater protection than relying on one anti-virus scanner.

 

Read “Is Antivirus Software Dependable” to find out why antivirus software is not enough to combat against malware.

 

There you have it. You are adware free. You should not see any pop ups in your browser. This “How to Get Rid of Adware” tutorial has been put together to help the consumer battle adware infections.

 

If you find this tutorial helpful, please share it or like it so others may benefit from it.

 

PCMechanic Computer Repair in Davenport, FL can help you get rid of adware from your computer.

 

Click the Service Request button below to get in touch with me.

 

 

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Installing Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

By Jose Ortiz

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a free to use scanner that I recommend to all my customers.

 

It is a security scanner that detects and removes malware such as Trojans, worms, spyware, and rogue security software.

 

Malwarebytes also removes rootkits and repairs any file that has been damaged. It will also detect the new Zero Access malware that many anti-virus scanners will miss.

 

It is designed to be compatible with existing anti-virus scanners for a layered approach to computer security.

 

Go to the Malwarebytes website. (http://www.malwarebytes.org)
Click the “Free Version Download.” You will be redirected to another page.

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You will see a dialog box appear at the bottom of your browser window. Click “Run” to begin the installation. If the dialog box doesn’t appear, click the “Download Now” button.


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Accept the license agreement and click “Next.”

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Click “Next” at the information window.

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If you are happy with the folder destination location, click “Next.”

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Click “Next” to create a Start Menu folder.

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Click “Next” to create a desktop icon.

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Click “Install” to begin the installation of Malwarebytes on your computer.

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Malwarebytes has been successfully installed on your computer. You have the option of trying the full featured version for 14 days.

 

Since we are going to use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free), clear the check mark “Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium.”
Click “Finish” to complete setup. Malwarebytes will launch automatically.

 

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How to scan your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

 

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically update its malware database the first time it runs. Afterwards you will have to manually update the malware database before each scanning session.

 

Of course if you decided to try the full featured version for 14 days, updates will be done automatically.

 

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Malware database has been updated. Click “Scan Now.”

 

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Malwarebytes will immediately start scanning your computer for malware.

 

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At the completion of the scan Malwarebytes will display any malware threats it has detected.

Click “Apply Actions” to remove the listed malware.

 

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Click “Yes” to restart your computer and complete the removal process.

 

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Malwarebytes will complement your current anti-virus security application. It is my opinion that we need to have a layered approach when it comes to computer security.

 

This means having a spyware and a malware scanner in addition to your anti-virus security application. SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware fit the bill for this purpose.

 

You can use them both as on demand scanners.  No single anti-virus scanner will protect you 100%. (See my article “Is Antivirus Software Dependable.”)

 

I recommend running Quick Scans daily and Complete Scans weekly to provide best protection.

 

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Installing SUPERAntiSpyware

By Jose Ortiz

SUPERAntiSpyware is an advanced security scanner that detects and removes spyware, malware, rootkits, Trojans, hijackers, and other malware threats.

 

It was designed to be compatible with existing anti-malware and / or anti-virus scanners for a layered approach to computer security.

 

Download and run the installer.

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Click “Next.”

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Click “I Agree” to the license agreement to proceed.

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Click “Next” at the User Information and Registration.

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Click “Next” if you agree with the default destination folder.

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We want the “Check for recent definition database updates” box checked. SUPERAntiSpyware will automatically update the first time it is used. (Afterwards you will have to click “Click here to check for updates” to manually check for updates . This is located at the bottom right corner of the program interface.)

 

Personally I uncheck the box “Submit a system diagnostic to help identify potentially harmful software”. Click “Next.”

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SUPERAntiSpyware has been successfully installed. Click “Finished” to

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Since we are going to be using the free version of SUPERAntiSpyware, click on “Decline”. If you decide to run the  Professional version, then click “Start Trial”. You will have use of the full featured version for 14 days.

 

You need to realize that  running additional scanners in the background, as well as your anti-virus, will put a burden on system resources. If you have plenty of memory and a fast processor then you should be all right.

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During the first initial setup, SAS will automatically update the malware database.

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Configuring SUPERAntiSpyware

 

Once the malware database has completed, you will be presented with the  user interface. Next click on “System Tools.”

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Next click on “Preferences.”

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Remove the check mark from the following. This will benefit end users who have PCs with low specs.

  •  Show splash screen/loading window
  •  Start SUPERAntiSpyware with Windows
  •  Run in the background (system tray)

We are going to use this as an on demand scanner.

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This dialog box will show up. Click “Yes.”

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After clicking “Yes”, the user interface will show up. Click “Scan This Computer.”

 

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In the Scanner Options select “High Boost.” Click on “Quick Scan” to begin scanning. The first thing SUPERAntiSpyware will do is scan for unwanted programs. If any come up, you will be given a chance to delete them.

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SUPERAntiSpyware will proceed with the scan.

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At the completion of the scan a dialog box will alert you to how many threats have been detected. Click “Continue”.

 

If any Trojans were detected during the Quick Scan, I would recommend running the Complete Scan. The Complete Scan will take a while to complete.

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Make sure all threats have been checked for removal. Click “Continue” to finish cleaning.

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Threat removal complete. Click “Continue” to return to SAS interface and close the program. You’re all done.  If your computer is infected with Trojans or any malicious software, you will be required to restart after cleaning is done.

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SUPERAntiSpyware will complement your current anti-virus security application. It is my opinion that we need to implement a layered approach when it comes to computer security.

 

No single anti-virus scanner will protect you 100%.See my article “Is Antivirus Software Dependable”.

 

I am also aware that a lot depends on the end user’s web surfing habits. I recommend running Quick Scans daily and Complete Scans weekly to provide the best protection.

 

You should also run daily Quick Scans and weekly Full Scans with your chosen anti-virus program.

 

If you have any questions visit SUPERAntiSpyware Product Support page.
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Is Antivirus Software Dependable?

By Jose Ortiz

Antivirus software fails at detecting new malware threats

How dependable is your antivirus software?

Study shows antivirus software fails at detecting new malware threats.Does this alarm you? It does me.

 

The problem lies with how long it takes antivirus software scanners to detect new malware infections on your computer.

 

Could the reason be that traditional antivirus software technology is slow to update their signature database in response to new malware threats?

 

The researchers at Lastline Labs tested new malware they found, from May 2013 to May 2014, against the 47 antivirus software vendors featured in Virus Total.

 

Virus Total is a free online web service that analyzes files and URLs for viruses, worms, Trojans and other kinds of malicious software. Hundreds of thousands pieces of malware were used for this study during this time period.

 

The results from the study conducted by Lastline Labs are surprising. Their research points out that the majority of the newly detected malware went undetected by nearly half of the antivirus software vendors.

 

More shocking was that even after two months, one third of the antivirus software scanners still could not detect many of the malware samples. I sure would love to know which AV scanners fell into this group.

 

What is even scarier is malware that Lastline Labs categorized as “least likely to be detected” – that is malware in the 1 percentile – truly went undetected by the majority of antivirus software scanners for months, or went undetected at all.

 

This type of advanced malware, the 1 percentile, is usually created and exploited by cybercriminals who target large organizations and businesses.

 

Based on this one year study, Lastline Labs concluded the following:
• Only 51% of antivirus scanners detected new malware samples on day one.
• Malware samples that escaped detection by the AV scanners on the first day took two days, on average, for at least one AV scanner to detect it.
• The detection rates went up to 61% after two weeks, indicating a normal lag time for antivirus scanners.
• During the yearlong study, not one AV scanner had a perfect day in which it caught every new malware sample.
• Ten percent of the scanners still did not detect malware samples at the end of one year. (That’s not good!)

 

Complementing Antivirus Software for Greater Protection

While this study shows that the current AV technologies is not enough to detect new and emerging  malware threats, it is still advisable to have antivirus software installed on computers.

 

It’s relatively simple to put together a highly effective suite of scanners to complement your choice of antivirus software.

 

I would like to share with you what I do to keep my computers safe from malware. Mind you this will not work on all system’s specs because AV scanners use up a lot of system resources.

 

The plan is to complement your choice of antivirus software, paid or free, with an anti-spyware and anti-malware program.  Antivirus software alone is not enough.

 

For example, I use Norton Internet Security for my normal AV scanner. I have complemented Norton with the free version of Superantispyware and Malwarebytes.

 

At the end of each day I run a quick scan of Superantispyware and if necessary a custom scan of my C: drive with Malwarebytes. At the end of the week I run a full scan with all three.

 

This is the program I encourage my customers to adopt after I have cleaned their systems from a severe infection.

In addition to this I have EMET installed on my system and tracking protection running on Internet Explorer.

 

If you are using Internet Explorer don’t forget to check managed add-ons under the Tools tab.

 

A lot of adware likes to hide here. I use Adwcleaner to get rid of pesky adware.

 

Finally, observe best practices for surfing the Internet and keep your system updated. Malware prevention starts with you.

 

I hope this article has been helpful. If it has, please like or share it so others can benefit from it.

 

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