If facebook.com-prize-win2.us randomly popping up in your web browser then most probably that your system is infected with ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). It is a type of dangerous applications that designed to display a large amount of annoying popup ads. Unlike viruses, the adware will not delete or infect your files, but its actions will cause some problems with your browser. This is because, it’ll infect your PC, get full access to your internet browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge and be able to modify their settings. Of course, it did not ask you for permission and do it secretly as possible. Once your browser settings will be modified, you will be redirected to unwanted advertisements, some of which can lead to dangerous or misleading web sites. For this reason, we recommend that you begin the clean up of your computer ASAP and thereby remove facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-up ads.
The malicious applications from the ad-supported software family that changes the settings of browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and IE. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a internet browser’s shortcut, so every time you start the web-browser, instead of your home page, you will see the annoying facebook.com-prize-win2.us ads.
The ad-supported software is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It is created with the sole purpose to open dozens of pop-ups, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open web-browser window. So, the facebook.com-prize-win2.us is just one of the many pages of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It’s designed to fill the web browser’s constant stream of advertisements, or redirect the web browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web pages. Moreover, the adware can substitute the legitimate advertising links on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit dangerous web-sites. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their web sites, so the creators of ad supported software, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the ‘ad-supported’ software receive income. It is the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
So, obviously, you need to remove the adware ASAP. Use the free guide below. This guide will help you clean your PC and thereby get rid of the facebook.com-prize-win2.us annoying pop-ups.
How does facebook.com-prize-win2.us ads get installed onto PC system
Most commonly, the ad supported software is bundled within the installation packages from a free hosting and file sharing web sites. So, install a free applications is a a good chance that you will find some bundled adware. If you do not know how to avoid it, then use a simple trick. During installation, select the Custom or Advanced installation option. Next, click ‘Decline’ button and clear all checkboxes on offers that ask you to install an unknown software. Moreover, please carefully read Term of use and User agreement before installing any programs or otherwise you can end up with another unwanted application on your computer like this adware that reroute the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge onto the unwanted facebook.com-prize-win2.us site.
How to manually remove facebook.com-prize-win2.us
This useful removal guide for the facebook.com-prize-win2.us 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 facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop ups let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Delete suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of facebook.com-prize-win2.us redirect
- Delete facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups from Chrome
- Remove facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups from Firefox
- Get rid of facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups from IE
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the system cleanup is to remove unknown and suspicious software. 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 applications can clean up your internet browser from popup 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 will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed software.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort programs by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of facebook.com-prize-win2.us 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, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge. Due to this, every time you run the internet browser, it will display the facebook.com-prize-win2.us unwanted web page.
Right click on the 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 that begins with “http://”. Remove it or everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
Next, press OK to save changes. You need to clean all browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge.
Delete facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups from Chrome
Like other modern web-browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby delete the redirect to facebook.com-prize-win2.us unwanted ads that is caused by the adware.
At first, launch the Google 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 internet browser will open 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 below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will open the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The application will run the process of cleaning. When it’s finished, the internet browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Remove facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups from Firefox
First, launch the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open 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 facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups from IE
To get rid of the facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-up ads you need to reset the IE to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your machine.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and press the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt like below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
When the procedure is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your PC 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.
Remove 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 launch your PC, it will display facebook.com-prize-win2.us annoying page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by malicios program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will open a dialog box which titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press 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 display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely delete facebook.com-prize-win2.us from the infected PC system. This is because the ‘ad-supported’ software can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the ad supported software again infect your machine and it will begin to show annoying facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups. 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 computer.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your system. It’s an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you remove browser hijackers, malware, ad-supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Now, click the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your PC system. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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When downloading is done, close all programs on your computer. Next, open the setup 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 open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC to find out adware that cause a redirect to facebook.com-prize-win2.us. When the ad-supported software or malware 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 complete, you can check all threats detected on your machine. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing malware and ad supported software which cause facebook.com-prize-win2.us ads. Once disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your personal computer.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes program to delete adware and other malware.
How to stop facebook.com-prize-win2.us ads
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new annoying advertisements and malicious sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous ads and web pages. Moreover, the application can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application using the following link.
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- When the download is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a 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 start your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block ads, facebook.com-prize-win2.us redirects, as well as other dangerous or misleading pages. 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.
If the problem with facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner using the link below. AdwCleaner download
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- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is opened the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the ad-supported software that generates facebook.com-prize-win2.us ads.
- When it has finished scanning, AdwCleaner will open a scan report. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box, click “OK” button.
The following video explains the guide above on how to remove adware with AdwCleaner.
Now your system should be clean of the facebook.com-prize-win2.us . Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and annoying dangerous web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware and adware). 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 remove facebook.com-prize-win2.us pop-ups from your PC, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.