Have you tried to open a well-known web-page and found that your internet browser is redirected to a previously unseen site called stickynote.pro offering to install a questionable browser’s extension? If you answered ‘Yes’ then your need to know that your personal computer is infected with an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). The adware is a type of malicious software that changes your computer’s internet browser settings so that you will be randomly rerouted to an unwanted ads. Complete the step-by-step instructions below ASAP It will clean your personal computer from the ad supported software and thereby remove unwanted stickynote.pro pop-up ads. Moreover, the steps will help you to block the ability to penetrate of more harmful viruses and trojans on your machine.
The malicious software from the ad-supported software family that changes the settings of internet browsers usually affects only the Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other 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 start page, you will see the annoying stickynote.pro ads.
The adware is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It is created with the sole purpose to show dozens of advertisements, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. So, the stickynote.pro is just one of the many sites of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It is designed to fill the browser’s constant stream of ads, or redirect the 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 malicious web pages. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their web-pages, so the creators of adware, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the adware receive income. It is the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
Therefore it is very important to follow the guide below as soon as possible. The steps will assist you to get rid of adware as well as clean your personal computer from the stickynote.pro ads. What is more, the steps below will help you delete other dangerous software like unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the computer along with the adware.
How does your machine get infected with stickynote.pro redirect
How to manually remove stickynote.pro pop-up ads
This step-by-step guide will allow you delete stickynote.pro . These stickynote.pro removal steps work for the Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the web browser or restart your personal computer. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Delete stickynote.pro redirect from Chrome
- Remove stickynote.pro pop-ups from Firefox
- Remove stickynote.pro advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of stickynote.pro redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It’ll open the Windows Control Panel as shown on the image below.
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all software. Scroll through the all list and remove any suspicious and unknown programs.
Delete stickynote.pro redirect from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to get rid of the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the web browser’s homepage, new tab and default search engine that have been modified by adware.
- Open the Google Chrome, then click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press the “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, press 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 on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove stickynote.pro pop-ups from Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the redirect onto stickynote.pro web-page.
First, start the Firefox and press button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Next, click 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 web-browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ad supported software. Once it is finished, click the “Finish” button
Remove stickynote.pro advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click the “Reset” button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your personal computer for the changes to take effect. It will restore the IE’s settings like start page and search provider by default to default state, disable ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and thereby remove the reroute to stickynote.pro unwanted page.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of stickynote.pro redirect
Once the adware is started, it can also alter the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web browser, it will be rerouted to an unwanted ads.
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 that 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
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you launch your computer, it will display stickynote.pro annoying page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks that have been created by malicious applications.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will display a prompt which 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”, as shown on the screen 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, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “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 as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious application. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove stickynote.pro pop-ups automatically
You can delete stickynote.pro pop-up ads automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal utility because it can easily delete ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Desktop.
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Once downloading is complete, close all windows on your personal computer. Further, launch the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the figure below, click the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install Malwarebytes on the PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once the installation is complete successfully, press Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your computer for the malware and ad-supported software that cause the stickynote.pro 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.
When it has finished scanning, you can check all threats detected on your system. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing malware and ad-supported software that cause stickynote.pro advertisements. When the disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart your machine. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to remove ‘ad supported’ software and other malicious programs.
How to block stickynote.pro redirect
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new unwanted ads and malicious web-pages, you need to use an application that stops access to dangerous ads and pages. Moreover, the application can stop the display 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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- Once the downloading process is finished, launch 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 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 start your system, AdGuard will run automatically and stop advertisements, stickynote.pro 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, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Remove stickynote.pro redirect and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot delete the unwanted stickynote.pro from the Chrome, FF, 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 from the link below.
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When the download is done, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is launched, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, click the “Scan” button for checking your personal computer for the malicious extensions and ad supported software that opens ads from stickynote.pro site. Once the scan is complete, it will show a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your PC system.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the AdwCleaner to remove ad-supported software, browser hijackers and other harmful programs.
Now your PC should be free of the stickynote.pro advertisements. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and annoying harmful web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new malware and ad supported software). 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 stickynote.pro from your PC system, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.