The Counterflix is classified as an adware. The appearance of Counterflix ads in your web-browser means that your personal computer is infected with this adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software), which can inject tons of unwanted ads within the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, IE and Edge screen or reroute you to an annoying ad web-pages. So, if you have found that your web browser is redirected to an unknown ad web site, then you do not need to wait , you need to follow the step-by-step guide below to clean your computer from the ad supported software and thereby get rid of Counterflix ads as quickly as possible.
The malicious programs from the ad supported software family that changes the settings of internet browsers usually affects only the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a internet browser’s shortcut or Windows DNS settings. So every time you use the web-browser to surfing the Internet you will see the annoying Counterflix advertisements.
What is more, the ad supported software may display ads depend on a page that you are visiting. That is, it is clear that this ad-supported software, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The ‘ad supported’ software may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
So, obviously, you need to remove the Counterflix adware as quickly as possible. Use the free step-by-step guide below. This guide will help you clean your personal computer and thereby remove the Counterflix annoying ads.
How can you protect your PC system from Counterflix adware
Most often, the free software installer includes the optional potentially unwanted programs like this adware. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way is to choose the Custom, Advanced or Manual installation mode. Here disable (uncheck) all optional software in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you don’t need to install the optional software which you don’t trust! The only thing I want to add. Once the freeware is installed, if you delete this software, the ad-supported software will not be removed. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the instructions below.
How to manually remove Counterflix ads from Windows (10, 8, 7, XP)
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your personal computer. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this dangerous software. To remove this ‘ad supported’ software, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware utility for removing dangerous programs, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, which will allow you to delete Counterflix ads easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in personal computer or in the case where adware is not removed automatically.
- Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Delete Counterflix advertisements from Chrome
- Remove Counterflix ads from FF
- Delete Ads by Counterflix from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Counterflix redirect
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the PC cleaning process by checking the list of installed software and delete all unknown or suspicious applications. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious software such as ad supported software and browser hijackers may be bundled with freeware. Uninstall the unwanted software may delete the unwanted advertisements or web-browser redirect to unknown or unwanted web sites.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It’ll open a list of all software. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort programs by date of installation in the Control panel.
Delete Counterflix advertisements from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the malware and ad-supported software, as well as to restore the browser’s settings that have been modified by ‘ad supported’ software.
- Now run the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next, click the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is finished, your browser’s settings will be restored to their original defaults. This will reset your startpage, new tab page and default search engine.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Counterflix ads from FF
First, launch the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Delete Ads by Counterflix from Internet Explorer
To remove the Counterflix ads you need to reset the Microsoft Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then press the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt as shown on the image below. Next, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, press the “Reset” button.
Once the process is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Counterflix redirect
When the adware is started, it can also change the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the browser, it will be redirected to an annoying ads.
To clear the web-browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that begins with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your system, it will open Counterflix unwanted ads. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will display a prompt which titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the ‘ad-supported’ application, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious application. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove Counterflix ads automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this utility to detect Counterflix adware and remove it, from the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the computer.
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Update: February 5, 2019
Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this procedure is done, click “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the ‘ad supported’ software and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your PC system. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free application that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the guide or the video guide below.
Stop Counterflix advertisements and other annoying web-pages
To increase your security and protect your system against new annoying advertisements and malicious web sites, you need to use program that blocks access to malicious advertisements and web pages. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When the download is finished, launch the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is done, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block advertisements, Ads by Counterflix, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Get rid of Counterflix advertisements and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot get rid of the annoying Counterflix ads from the Firefox, Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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Update: January 25, 2019
After downloading is complete, open the directory in which you saved it. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is started, you will see a screen like below.
Now, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the malicious extensions and ‘ad supported’ software that displays ads by Counterflix. When the system scan is finished, it will show a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is complete, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your PC.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to remove ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers and other dangerous software.
Now your computer should be free of the Counterflix ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop-up ads and unwanted dangerous sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware and ‘ad supported’ software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Counterflix ads from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.