The strfls.com web-site appeared on your system without any notice? After that, you’re faced with the fact that your browser is now redirected to other annoying web pages and filled with a variety of pop-up ads and banners. The cause of all your problems with your computer is adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) that has been installed on many computers around the world without users permission, so you’re one of many. Most probably, you do not even know how and where this adware has got into your system. In the guide below, we will explain all the general features of ‘ad-supported’ software and its typical behavior on the personal computer, as well as effective methods for manually removing it from your personal computer.
The ad supported software can change the settings of the Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, but often that a dangerous software like this can also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time open the browser to see strfls.com annoying ads.
The ad supported software may insert a ton of ads directly to the sites that you visit, creating a sense that the advertisements has been added by the creators of the web-page. Moreover, a legal ads may be replaced on the fake advertisements, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the ad-supported software has the ability to collect a ton of personal information about you (your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Net, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
We recommend to delete the ‘ad-supported’ software, which redirects your web-browser on the strfls.com unwanted site, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other dangerous software on your PC system.
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How to manually remove strfls.com advertisements
This useful removal guide for the strfls.com pop-ups. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove strfls.com redirect let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of strfls.com redirect from Firefox
- Remove strfls.com redirect from Chrome
- Delete strfls.com advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete strfls.com redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the personal computer cleanup is to delete unknown and suspicious programs. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded programs can clean up your web-browser from pop-up ads, hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows key, click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It’ll show the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed applications.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Get rid of strfls.com redirect from Firefox
If the FF settings have been modified by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to delete the redirect onto strfls.com web site.
First, launch the Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Next, press the Help button () like below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the adware. When it’s complete, click the “Finish” button
Remove strfls.com redirect from Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby delete the redirect to strfls.com unwanted ads that is caused by the ‘ad-supported’ software.
At first, start the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to display the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter.
The browser will display the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown in the following image and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The program will start the procedure of cleaning. Once it’s finished, the web-browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Delete strfls.com advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu as shown in the figure below. Next, press the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown in the following image. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press on “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take effect.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete strfls.com redirect
Once the adware is started, it can also alter the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the web-browser, it will be rerouted to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the internet 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 which begins with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted strfls.com web site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This displays a dialog box that 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”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your machine. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove strfls.com automatically
You can remove strfls.com redirect automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal utility because it can easily remove ad-supported software, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your PC system using the link below. Save it on your Desktop.
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After downloading is finished, close all windows on your machine. Further, launch the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the image below, click the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Malwarebytes on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
When the setup is finished successfully, press Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown in the following image.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the malware and adware that cause the strfls.com advertisements. When a threat is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is done. Please be patient.
Once the system scan is done, you can check all threats detected on your PC. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing malware and adware that cause strfls.com advertisements. When the disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to get rid of adware and other malicious software.
How to block strfls.com pop-ups
To increase your security and protect your PC against new unwanted ads and malicious sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to malicious ads and web sites. Moreover, the application 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.
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- When the download is complete, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the install is complete, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial which will help 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 run your system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up ads, strfls.com redirects, as well as other dangerous or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your PC system and get rid of strfls.com pop-ups with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and get rid of ad supported software, browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, IE and Edge browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (homepage and search engine by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the computer.
Download AdwCleaner utility using the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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When the download is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown in the figure below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to show the application, click Yes button to continue.
Now, press the “Scan” to perform a system scan for the ad-supported software that cause a redirect to strfls.com ads.
When the system scan is complete, it will show a list of all items detected by this utility as on the image below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. When the cleaning process is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your machine. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
After completing the guide outlined above, your PC should be free from malware and ad-supported software. The Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge will no longer display strfls.com annoying pop-up ads or redirect you to unwanted web-sites. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new type of adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.