If you find that your web browser has become display the annoying astralcharts.info pop-up ads then it is possible that your computer is infected with unwanted software from the adware family. The adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) is a form of unwanted software that can show a huge number of ads without a user’s permission. Moreover, it can redirect the internet browser on dangerous and misleading pages. Also, if you seeing that the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge tries to load an unknown web-site, when you try to open a long-known web page, then you do not need to wait! Press the stop button in web-browser’s address bar. Complete the instructions below and clean your computer from ‘ad-supported’ software as soon as possible. It will assist you to get rid of the redirect to astralcharts.info and any annoying ads.
The adware usually affects only the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and IE by changing the browser’s settings or installing a malicious extensions (addons). Moreover, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The ad supported software will perform a scan of the system for web-browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the internet browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you start the browser, you will see an annoying astralcharts.info web-page.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can install additional web browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject advertising links within the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE’s screen. Moreover, the ad-supported software may install a browser hijacker that once started, will change the web browser’s homepage and search engine. And finally, the adware can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web sites you are opening, what you are looking for the World Wide Web and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Therefore it’s very important to follow the step-by-step guide below as quickly as possible. The step-by-step guide will assist you to delete adware as well as clean your system from the astralcharts.info pop-ups. What is more, the step-by-step guide below will help you remove other dangerous software such as unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the machine along with the adware.
How does astralcharts.info ads get installed onto machine
How to manually remove astralcharts.info pop-ups
If you perform exactly the guide below you should be able to remove the astralcharts.info pop-ups. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your browser or reboot your PC system.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of astralcharts.info pop-up ads from Chrome
- Remove astralcharts.info from Firefox
- Get rid of astralcharts.info pop-up ads from IE
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove astralcharts.info redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of annoying advertisements and web-browser redirect to unwanted web-sites, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
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Get rid of astralcharts.info pop-up ads from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the web browser’s homepage, new tab page and search engine by default that have been replaced by adware.
- Open the Chrome, then press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, that located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset settings dialog box as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove astralcharts.info from Firefox
First, run the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show 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, press “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of astralcharts.info pop-up ads from IE
First, launch the IE, then click the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu as on the image below. Next, click the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove astralcharts.info redirect
Once installed, the adware may add an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge. Due to this, every time you open the web-browser, it will open the astralcharts.info unwanted web site.
Right click on the web browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. 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 starts with “http://”. Remove it or everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
Next, click OK to save changes. You need to clean all web-browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying astralcharts.info site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all the tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This displays a prompt that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC system. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to get rid of, 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 complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of astralcharts.info automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove astralcharts.info pop-ups from the infected PC. This is because the ad-supported software can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and get rid of completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the ad-supported software again infect your machine and it will start to display unwanted astralcharts.info advertisements. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to get rid of adware manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the system.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your system. It is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you get rid of browser hijackers, malware, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Now, press the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your machine. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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When downloading is complete, close all programs on your PC. Next, launch the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like below, click the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole system to find out ad-supported software which cause a redirect to astralcharts.info. When the adware or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is done. Please be patient.
When it has finished scanning, you can check all threats detected on your computer. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and adware that cause astralcharts.info ads. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes program to remove adware and other malware.
How to stop astralcharts.info pop-ups
To increase your security and protect your personal computer against new annoying ads and malicious web pages, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous advertisements and web sites. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link.
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- After the download is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is finished, press “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial which will allow 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 start your machine, AdGuard will run automatically and block ads, astralcharts.info redirects, as well as other malicious or misleading 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, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Delete astralcharts.info pop-ups and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the unwanted astralcharts.info pop-ups from the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and Microsoft Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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When downloading is finished, 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, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the malicious extensions and adware which opens advertisements from astralcharts.info page. Once the scanning is done, it will show a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the clean-up is done, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your personal computer.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the AdwCleaner to delete adware, browser hijackers and other malicious applications.
Once you have complete the few simple steps outlined above, your PC should be free from malware and ‘ad-supported’ software. The Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge will no longer open astralcharts.info unwanted pop-up ads or redirect you to unwanted web pages. Unfortunately, if the 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.