The trueclickads.net is an one of the many advertising web sites, which can be opened automatically each time you start the browser. The reason of automatic opening of this page is an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware), which was set on your machine without your consent. Because, the adware is often used to open a lot of unwanted advertisements within the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge’s screen. As, the advertisers do not disdain to use any methods to promote their web-sites and attract new users. Below we explain how to remove ad-supported software and thereby delete trueclickads.net unwanted advertisements from your web-browser.
The adware can change the settings of the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge, but often that a malicious software such as this can also infect all types of web browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time start the internet browser to see trueclickads.net unwanted advertisements.
Technically, the ‘ad-supported’ software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates lots of pop-up ads, hindering or completely blocking the work in the web-browser. It may install other unknown and unwanted software without your permission, force you to visit malicious sites. Moreover, a browser hijacker can be additionally installed on to your computer with the ‘ad-supported’ software. Once installed, it will replace your start page with an unwanted web page.
We suggest you to delete ‘ad-supported’ software and clean your PC system from trueclickads.net popup ads as soon as possible, until the presence of the ‘ad-supported’ software has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the step-by-step instructions below that will allow you to completely get rid of the redirect to trueclickads.net unwanted web page, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How does trueclickads.net ads get installed onto computer
Most commonly, the adware 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 don’t know how to avoid it, then use a simple trick. During setup, choose the Custom or Advanced setup 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 system such as this ad-supported software which reroute the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge onto the unwanted trueclickads.net web site.
How to manually remove trueclickads.net ads
If you perform exactly the step-by-step guide below you should be able to remove the trueclickads.net redirect. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web browser or reboot your PC system.
- Delete suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of trueclickads.net from Chrome
- Delete trueclickads.net pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove trueclickads.net from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove trueclickads.net redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you start the PC system cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed applications and uninstall all unknown or suspicious applications. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious applications such as ‘ad-supported’ software and browser hijackers may be bundled with free programs. Remove the unwanted applications may get rid of the unwanted ads or internet browser redirect to unknown or annoying web sites.
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Next, click “Uninstall a program” It’ll show a list of all software. Scroll through the all list, and remove any suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort software by date of installation in the Control panel.
Get rid of trueclickads.net from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the browser’s start page and search provider by default that have been replaced by adware.
- Open the Chrome, then click 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, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, press the “Reset settings” button, which located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings prompt as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Delete trueclickads.net pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to delete the redirect onto trueclickads.net site.
First, run the Firefox and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown in the following image.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser address bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the ad supported software. When it is complete, click the “Finish” button
Remove trueclickads.net from Internet Explorer
First, launch the IE, then press the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu as shown below. Next, click the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open 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 machine for the changes to take effect.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove trueclickads.net redirect
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the browser, and not on any unknown file. Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option.
It will show the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The ‘ad-supported’ software can replace it. If you are seeing something such as “…exe http://web.site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the web browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example on the screen below.
Once is finished, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for web browser shortcuts which redirects to an annoying sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted trueclickads.net 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 malicios program.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This shows a prompt that called 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 on the image 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, press 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 remove it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the malicios program, 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 image 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.
Get rid of trueclickads.net ads with Malwarebytes
Get rid of trueclickads.net pop-ups manually is difficult and often the ‘ad-supported’ software is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal program. It can automatically detect and delete the adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) of the your machine. Moreover, this free program will help you to remove internet browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your computer may be infected too. You can follow the few simple steps below to remove the trueclickads.net annoying advertisements completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
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Update: March 20, 2018
Once downloaded, close all software and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
When setup is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press on the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the adware that causes the redirect to trueclickads.net web page. This task can take some time, so please be patient.
When it has finished scanning your PC system, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing the ad supported software related files, folders, registry keys. When the disinfection is done, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
The following video explains the guide above on how to delete adware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
How to block trueclickads.net advertisements
To increase your security and protect your machine against new annoying advertisements and malicious web sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to malicious ads and web sites. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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Update: November 7, 2017
- After downloading is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- Once 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 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 launch automatically and block pop-ups, trueclickads.net redirects, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-sites. 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.
Get rid of trueclickads.net pop-ups and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the annoying trueclickads.net ads from the FF, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner using the link below.
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When downloading is finished, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is started, you will see a screen like below.
Now, press the “Scan” button to begin scanning your personal computer for the malicious extensions and ad-supported software that displays ads from trueclickads.net page. When the system scan is done, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the clean-up is complete, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your machine.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to remove ad-supported software, browser hijackers and other dangerous programs.
After completing the guide above, your computer should be clean from malware and adware. The Chrome, IE, Firefox and Edge will no longer open trueclickads.net annoying advertisements 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.