The appearance of BeautifyDesktop onto your computer means that your personal computer is infected with ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware), which is created to show a ton of unwanted popups and annoying ads within the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and MS Edge screen or reroute you to various unwanted ad sites. So, if you have found this software in the list of installed software or the BeautifyDesktop’s icon is located on to your Windows desktop, then you do not need to wait . Use the step-by-step instructions below to clean your machine from the adware and thereby remove all unwanted ads and browser redirects as quickly as possible.
The ad-supported software usually affects only the Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer by changing the internet 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 PC for internet browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you run the browser, you will see an unwanted ad page.
The ad-supported software is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, modifies web browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the ad supported software can install additional browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject advertising links within the Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install web browser hijacker that once started, will alter 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 Internet and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Therefore it is very important to follow the guide below ASAP. The steps will assist you to get rid of BeautifyDesktop adware as well as clean your computer from all annoying ads and unwanted pop-ups. What is more, the instructions below will help you delete other malicious software such as unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the computer along with the adware.
How did you get infected with BeautifyDesktop adware
How to manually remove BeautifyDesktop adware from your computer
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this harmful software. To remove this ‘ad supported’ software, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware utility for removing harmful programs, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, that will assist you to get rid of BeautifyDesktop adware easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in computer or in the case where ad supported software is not removed automatically.
- Delete suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of BeautifyDesktop redirects
- Remove BeautifyDesktop advertisements from Chrome
- Remove BeautifyDesktop ads from FF
- Remove BeautifyDesktop advertisements from Internet Explorer
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete 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 click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It’ll show the Windows Control Panel as shown on the screen below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It’ll display a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list and delete any suspicious and unknown applications.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of BeautifyDesktop redirects
When the ad supported software is started, it may also alter the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the browser, it will be redirected to an unwanted advertisements.
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 which starts with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove BeautifyDesktop advertisements 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 annoying advertisements that is caused by the BeautifyDesktop adware.
At first, launch the Google Chrome. Next, press 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 Google 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 on the image below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The program will start the procedure of cleaning. When it is 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 system.
Remove BeautifyDesktop ads from FF
First, start the FF. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove BeautifyDesktop advertisements from Internet Explorer
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then press the button in the form of gear (). It will open 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 IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Delete 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 open an annoying ad page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ application.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will open a dialog box which called 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 on the screen 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. 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 get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ program, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the figure below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove BeautifyDesktop automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove BeautifyDesktop adware from the infected 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 adware again infect your PC system and it will start to show annoying annoying popup ads. 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 personal computer. It is an advanced malware removal application developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you delete browser hijackers, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your machine for free.
Now, press the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your computer. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once downloading is done, close all software on your machine. Next, open the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown below, click the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the screen below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your computer for the BeautifyDesktop adware. Once the adware or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished. Please be patient.
When the system scan is finished, 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 adware which cause unwanted advertisements. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your PC.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes application to remove adware and other malware.
Stop BeautifyDesktop ads and other annoying web sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying advertisements and malicious sites, you need to use application that stops access to harmful advertisements and web pages. Moreover, the application can block the display 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.
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Once downloading is complete, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the setup is complete, you will see a window like 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 that 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 run your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block advertisements, unwanted pop-ups, as well as other harmful 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.
If the problem with BeautifyDesktop adware is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove BeautifyDesktop adware, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is launched the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, click the “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out the BeautifyDesktop adware that generates lots of unwanted ads.
- When it has finished scanning, AdwCleaner will show 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 step-by-step guide above on how to get rid of adware with AdwCleaner.
Once you have complete the steps shown above, your PC system should be clean from malware and the BeautifyDesktop adware. The Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and MS Edge will no longer open annoying ads or redirect you to unwanted sites. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step guide 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.