Are you seeing system.donation-tools.org in status bar of the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer every time you use the web-browser to surf the Web? This means that your computer is infected with an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which looks the entire traffic generated by you and on this basis, it shows lots of unwanted pop-ups. Currently, this adware are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find free applications, download and install them on the system without proper attention to the fact that the ad supported software can penetrate into the computer along with them.
The ‘ad supported’ software can change the settings of the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, but often that a harmful software such as this can also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time launch the browser to see system.donation-tools.org unwanted ads.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, changes web browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can install additional web-browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject advertisements within the Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and MS 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 ad-supported software can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what 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.
We recommend to remove the ad supported software, which redirects your browser on the system.donation-tools.org annoying site, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other harmful software on your system.
How can you prevent the system.donation-tools.org popup ads
How to manually remove system.donation-tools.org redirect
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, that will assist you manually remove system.donation-tools.org redirect from the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove system.donation-tools.org redirect
- Get rid of system.donation-tools.org redirect from Firefox
- Get rid of system.donation-tools.org advertisements from Google Chrome
- Get rid of system.donation-tools.org redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the computer cleanup is to uninstall unknown and suspicious applications. 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 software can clean up your internet browser from pop-ups, 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 open 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 programs. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove system.donation-tools.org redirect
Once the adware is started, it can also modify the web-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 rerouted to an annoying 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 starts 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.
Get rid of system.donation-tools.org redirect from Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox settings have been replaced by the ad supported software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the redirect onto system.donation-tools.org web-site.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox and press button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Next, press 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 internet browser address bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation prompt, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the ad supported software. Once it’s complete, click the “Finish” button
Get rid of system.donation-tools.org advertisements from Google Chrome
Like other modern web-browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby remove the redirect to system.donation-tools.org unwanted ads which is caused by the adware.
At first, run the 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 web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The browser will display 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, like below and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will display the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The program will launch the process of cleaning. Once it’s finished, the web browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Get rid of system.donation-tools.org redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
To remove the system.donation-tools.org pop-ups you need to reset the Microsoft Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your system.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The IE will open the “Reset Microsoft Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as shown on the image below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, press the “Reset” button.
Once the task is complete, press “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
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 open your system, it will display system.donation-tools.org unwanted web site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by malicious application.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will display a prompt which called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press 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 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 is 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 image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Get rid of system.donation-tools.org with Malwarebytes
Get rid of system.donation-tools.org pop-up ads manually is difficult and often the ad-supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal application. It can automatically detect and delete the ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) of the your computer. Moreover, this free program will help you to delete web-browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your PC system may be infected too. You can follow the few simple steps below to delete the system.donation-tools.org annoying redirect completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below.
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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 begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer.
When setup is finished, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your PC system for the adware that causes the redirect to system.donation-tools.org site. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the system scan is complete, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing the adware related files, folders, registry keys. Once the disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart the machine.
The following video explains the guide above on how to delete ‘ad supported’ software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
How to block system.donation-tools.org ads
To increase your security and protect your machine against new annoying ads and malicious web sites, you need to use an application that stops access to harmful advertisements and web-pages. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application by clicking on the following link.
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- Once the downloading process is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is complete, press “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 launch your PC, AdGuard will start automatically and block ads, system.donation-tools.org redirects, as well as other harmful 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, which is located on your Windows desktop.
If the problem with system.donation-tools.org pop-up ads is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove system.donation-tools.org pop-ups, 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 utility is started the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, click the “Scan” button to begin checking your system for the adware which generates system.donation-tools.org ads.
- Once the system scan is finished, 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 instructions above on how to remove adware with AdwCleaner.
Now your machine should be free of the system.donation-tools.org pop-ups. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-ups and unwanted dangerous web pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new malware and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new dangerous programs and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete system.donation-tools.org advertisements from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.