Are you seeing greatsofware120.download popup in the Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge every time you use the browser to surf the Net? This means that your computer is infected with an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) which looks the entire traffic generated by you and on this basis, it displays lots of annoying pop-up ads. Currently, this adware are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find free programs, download and install them on the system without proper attention to the fact that the adware can penetrate into the computer along with them.
The malicious applications from the ad supported software family that modifies the settings of web browsers usually affects only the FF, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The ad supported software may change the Target property of a browser’s shortcut, so every time you run the web browser, instead of your startpage, you will see the annoying greatsofware120.download advertisements.
Instructions, which is shown below, will allow you to clean your PC system from the adware as well as remove greatsofware120.download annoying popup ads from the FF, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge and other web-browsers.
How can you prevent the greatsofware120.download pop-ups
Probably, the adware get installed onto your system when you have installed a free programs like E-Mail checker, PDF creator, video codec, etc. Because, most commonly the ad-supported software is bundled within the installation packages from Softonic, Cnet, Soft32, Brothersoft or other similar sites. Even removing the program that contains ad supported software, does not help you remove the greatsofware120.download advertisements. Therefore, you must follow the step-by-step instructions below to get rid of all annoying advertisements.
How to manually remove greatsofware120.download pop-ups
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, that will allow you manually remove greatsofware120.download redirect from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of greatsofware120.download pop-ups from Firefox
- Get rid of greatsofware120.download pop-up ads from Google Chrome
- Remove greatsofware120.download from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete greatsofware120.download redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the computer cleanup is to uninstall 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 web-browser from advertisements, 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 programs.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Get rid of greatsofware120.download pop-ups from Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been replaced by the ad supported software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to delete the redirect onto greatsofware120.download page.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown on the image 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 display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software. Once it is done, click the “Finish” button
Get rid of greatsofware120.download pop-up ads from Google Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Settings” option.
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 on the image below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove greatsofware120.download from Internet Explorer
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click button. Next, click “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take effect. It will restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like homepage, new tab page and search engine by default to default state, disable ad-supported web browser’s extensions and thereby remove the redirect to greatsofware120.download unwanted web-site.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete greatsofware120.download redirect
When the adware is started, it can also change the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the web-browser, it will be redirected to an unwanted 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 which starts with “http://” that 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 browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted greatsofware120.download web-page 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 simultaneously. This opens a prompt 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, press “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. 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 get rid of it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the ‘ad-supported’ 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 below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious applications. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of greatsofware120.download with free malware removal application
Manual removal greatsofware120.download ads requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the adware may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your personal computer. Moreover, the free software will help you to delete malware, web browser hijackers and toolbars that your PC may be infected too.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: May 12, 2017
- At the download page, click the Download button. Your browser will display the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your desktop.
- Once the download process is complete, please close all programs and open windows on your machine. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will run the Setup wizard of Malwarebytes onto your PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the malware remover will start and open the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole machine to find out adware which redirects your browser to the greatsofware120.download annoying web-site. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient.
- When it has finished scanning, it will display a screen which contains a list of malicious programs that has been found.
- When you are ready, click on “Quarantine Selected” button to begin cleaning your PC. Once the procedure is finished, you may be prompted to restart your machine.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Block greatsofware120.download and other annoying sites
To increase your security and protect your PC against new annoying ads and malicious web pages, you need to use program that stops access to harmful advertisements and web sites. Moreover, the program can stop the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: May 10, 2017
When the download is finished, run the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. Once the install is finished, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an 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 launch your PC, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop-up ads, pages such as greatsofware120.download, as well as other dangerous or misleading 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.
Remove greatsofware120.download ads and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the annoying greatsofware120.download redirect from the FF, Chrome, IE and MS 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.
Category: Security tools
Update: May 20, 2017
After the download is done, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is started, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, click the “Scan” button . This will start scanning the whole PC system to find out malicious extensions and adware that shows advertisements from greatsofware120.download web-page. When it has finished scanning your system, it will display a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your system.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to get rid of ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers and other malicious applications.
Now your PC system should be clean of the greatsofware120.download ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup ads and annoying harmful web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware and ad-supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new dangerous applications and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove greatsofware120.download from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.