Are you seeing watermelon-shake.com pop-up ads in the Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and MS Edge every time you use the browser to surf the World Wide Web? This means that your PC is infected with an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) which looks the entire traffic generated by you and on this basis, it displays a ton of annoying advertisements. Currently, this adware are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find free software, download and install them on the PC system without proper attention to the fact that the adware can penetrate into the system along with them.
The ad-supported software usually affects only the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer by changing the browser’s settings or installing a dangerous extensions (addons). Moreover, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The adware will perform a scan of the computer for browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you run the web browser, you will see an annoying watermelon-shake.com page.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters web-browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the ‘ad supported’ software can install additional web browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject advertising links within the Firefox, Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge’s screen. Moreover, the ad supported software may install browser hijacker that once started, will change the web-browser’s homepage and search engine. And finally, the adware can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web pages 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’s very important to follow the instructions below as soon as possible. The step-by-step guide will assist you to get rid of ad supported software as well as clean your PC from the watermelon-shake.com ads. What is more, the instructions below will help you delete other dangerous software such as unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the machine along with the ‘ad supported’ software.
How did watermelon-shake.com advertisements get on your PC
Most often, free applications installer includes the optional potentially unwanted applications like this ‘ad supported’ software. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way is to choose the Custom, Advanced or Manual installation mode. Here disable (uncheck) all optional applications in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you do not need to install the optional software which you do not trust! The only thing I want to add. Once the free software is installed, if you remove this software, the ad supported software will not be removed. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the few simple steps below.
How to manually remove watermelon-shake.com ads
The simple answer is right here on this page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It’ll allow you easily to clean your personal computer of ad-supported software. Moreover, you can choose manual or automatic removal method. If you are familiar with the machine then use manual removal, otherwise use the free anti-malware tool designed specifically to get rid of ad supported software that causes annoying watermelon-shake.com advertisements. Of course, you can combine both methods. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your browser or restart your system.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove watermelon-shake.com redirect
- Get rid of watermelon-shake.com advertisements from FF
- Remove watermelon-shake.com from Google Chrome
- Delete watermelon-shake.com advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the PC cleanup is to delete unknown and suspicious programs. 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 programs can clean up your internet browser from ads, 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 will 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 applications. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove watermelon-shake.com redirect
Once the ‘ad supported’ software is started, it can also alter the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the browser, it will be redirected to an unwanted advertisements.
To clear the 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 web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of watermelon-shake.com advertisements from FF
First, launch the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, press “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove watermelon-shake.com from Google Chrome
Like other modern web browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby remove the redirect to watermelon-shake.com unwanted ads which is caused by the adware.
At first, start the Google Chrome. Next, click 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 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 screen below and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The program will run the task of cleaning. When it’s finished, the browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your system.
Delete watermelon-shake.com advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings dialog box. 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 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 watermelon-shake.com annoying web site.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted watermelon-shake.com page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all the tasks that have been created by unwanted software.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This shows a dialog box that titled with 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 in the figure 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, 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 remove it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the malicious program, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then 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 malicious program. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove watermelon-shake.com redirect automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this tool to detect watermelon-shake.com threat and remove it, from the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the computer.
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Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this process is done, press “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the adware and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your machine. In order to get rid of all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the instructions or the video guide below.
Block watermelon-shake.com redirect and other annoying web pages
To increase your security and protect your system against new annoying ads and malicious web-pages, you need to use program that blocks access to malicious ads and sites. Moreover, the application can block the display of intrusive advertising, that 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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When downloading is done, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the setup is finished, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that 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 start your machine, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop advertisements, web pages such as watermelon-shake.com, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Remove watermelon-shake.com redirect and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot delete the unwanted watermelon-shake.com redirect from the Google Chrome, Firefox, 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 downloading is done, open the directory in which you saved it. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is started, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the malicious extensions and ad-supported software that opens ads from watermelon-shake.com web page. Once the system scan is finished, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the cleaning procedure is done, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your personal computer.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to get rid of adware, browser hijackers and other dangerous applications.
After completing the steps shown above, your personal computer should be clean from malware and ad-supported software. The Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge will no longer open watermelon-shake.com annoying pop-up ads and redirect you to unknown web-pages. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new type of ad supported software, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next click “Do a system scan only” button.
- When it has finished scanning your PC, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the unwanted watermelon-shake.com redirect.