If you find that your web-browser has become show the annoying apps.download-for.me popup ads then it is a sign that your machine is infected with malicious software from the adware family. The adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) is a form of unwanted software that can display a huge number of popup ads without a user’s permission. Moreover, it can redirect the browser on malicious and misleading web-pages. Also, if you seeing that the Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge tries to load an unknown web-page, when you try to open a long-known web-page, then you do not need to wait! Press the stop button in browser’s address bar. You need to follow the few simple steps below and clean your machine from ad supported software as quickly as possible. It will assist you to remove the redirect to apps.download-for.me and any annoying advertisements.
The adware can change the settings of the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Edge, but often that a dangerous software like this can also infect all types of web-browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time launch the web browser to see apps.download-for.me annoying ads.
The ad supported software is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It’s created with the sole purpose to display dozens of ads, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. So, the apps.download-for.me is just one of the many sites of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It’s designed to fill the web browser’s constant stream of advertisements, or reroute the internet browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web sites. Moreover, the ‘ad supported’ software can substitute the legitimate advertisements 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 sites, 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’s the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
We recommend to remove the adware, which redirects your browser on the apps.download-for.me annoying web page, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other harmful software on your PC.
How does your PC system get infected with apps.download-for.me
How to manually remove apps.download-for.me
This useful removal guide for the apps.download-for.me advertisements. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove apps.download-for.me redirect let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete apps.download-for.me redirect
- Delete apps.download-for.me advertisements from Chrome
- Remove apps.download-for.me pop-up ads from Firefox
- Remove apps.download-for.me pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of unwanted advertisements and browser redirect to unwanted sites, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ under Programs category as shown on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel like below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of installed programs. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the web browser redirect to unwanted apps.download-for.me ads. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it and press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown below.
You will see a list of software installed on your personal computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of annoying pop-up ads and web-browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the application by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the program, you need to delete, is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown in the figure below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete apps.download-for.me redirect
When the adware is started, it can also modify the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the browser, it will be rerouted to an unwanted advertisements.
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 that starts with “http://” that 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 browsers, as they may be infected too.
Delete apps.download-for.me advertisements from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to get rid of the malware and adware, as well as to restore the web-browser’s settings that have been replaced by ‘ad supported’ software.
- Now run the Google Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next, click the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is finished, your internet browser’s settings will be restored to their original defaults. This will reset your homepage and search engine by default.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove apps.download-for.me pop-up ads from Firefox
First, launch the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show 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, press “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove apps.download-for.me pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click button. Next, press “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press the “Reset” button. The IE will open the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your PC system for the changes to take effect. It will restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like startpage, new tab page and default search engine to default state, disable ad-supported web browser’s extensions and thereby remove the reroute to apps.download-for.me annoying web-site.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted apps.download-for.me web-site 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 at the same time. This opens 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 on the image 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 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’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ program, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to get rid of, then press 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 program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Delete apps.download-for.me with Malwarebytes
Remove apps.download-for.me pop-up ads manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your system. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal program. It can automatically detect and delete the ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) of the your computer. Moreover, this free application will help you to remove web browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your machine may be infected too. You can follow the steps below to get rid of the apps.download-for.me unwanted advertisements completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: February 5, 2019
Once downloaded, close all software and windows on your PC. 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 personal computer.
Once install is done, you will see window as shown below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out ad-supported software which causes the redirect to apps.download-for.me web site. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing the adware related files, folders, registry keys. When the disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the PC.
The following video explains the few simple steps above on how to get rid of ad-supported software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Block apps.download-for.me pop-up ads and other unwanted web-sites
To increase your security and protect your PC against new annoying ads and malicious sites, you need to use program that stops access to malicious ads and web sites. Moreover, the program can block the display of intrusive advertising, which 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: November 15, 2018
Once downloading is complete, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is done, you will see a window as shown below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install application 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 start your PC system, AdGuard will run automatically and block advertisements, web-pages like apps.download-for.me, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. 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.
Get rid of apps.download-for.me advertisements and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the unwanted apps.download-for.me redirect from the Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and IE, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 4, 2019
After downloading is complete, open the directory in which you saved it. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is launched, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, click the “Scan” button to start scanning your computer for the malicious extensions and adware which opens ads from apps.download-for.me page. When the system scan is complete, it will display a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK”. When the clean up is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your machine.
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.
Once you have done the guide shown above, your PC system should be clean from malware and ad supported software. The Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge will no longer open apps.download-for.me unwanted pop-up ads or redirect you to unwanted web pages. Unfortunately, if the instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new type of ad supported software, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.