The contentlikes1.com is a ad site which pops up on system that’s infected with ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). The ad-supported software is one of the most annoying type of malware floating around the Internet: an attack generates a large number of annoying popup ads within a user web-browser’s screen. A lot of people have fallen victim to these kinds of attacks, looking the Internet in hopes of finding guide on how to remove annoying advertisements. Now, computer geeks and Myantispyware lab have teamed up to create the instructions that help users remove contentlikes1.com for free.
The malicious programs from the ad supported software family that modifies the settings of browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a web browser’s shortcut, so every time you open the web-browser, instead of your home page, you will see the annoying contentlikes1.com advertisements.
What is more, the ‘ad supported’ software may show ads depend on a page that you are visiting. That is, it is clear that this adware, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The adware may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
So, obviously, you need to remove the ad-supported software as quickly as possible. Use the free step-by-step instructions below. This guide will help you clean your system and thereby remove the contentlikes1.com unwanted ads.
How can you protect your computer from contentlikes1.com pop-up ads
Most often, the freeware installer includes the optional potentially unwanted programs like this adware. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way is to select 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 don’t need to install the optional software which you do not trust! The only thing I want to add. Once the free programs is installed, if you uninstall this software, the adware will not be removed. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the instructions below.
How to manually remove contentlikes1.com redirect
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, that will assist you manually remove contentlikes1.com redirect from the Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Edge.
- Remove suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove contentlikes1.com advertisements from Chrome
- Delete contentlikes1.com ads from Mozilla Firefox
- Get rid of contentlikes1.com pop-up ads from IE
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove contentlikes1.com redirect
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown applications 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 show the Windows Control Panel as on the image below.
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list and delete any suspicious and unknown programs.
Remove contentlikes1.com advertisements from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the web-browser’s startpage, new tab page and default search engine that have been replaced by ‘ad supported’ software.
- Open the Chrome, then press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, which located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete contentlikes1.com ads from Mozilla Firefox
First, launch the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open 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, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of contentlikes1.com pop-up ads from IE
First, run the Internet Explorer, then press the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu as shown in the figure below. Next, click the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take effect.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove contentlikes1.com redirect
When the ad supported software is started, it can also change the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the browser, it will be redirected to an annoying ads.
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 which 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 internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad-supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your personal computer, it will open contentlikes1.com unwanted web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will show a dialog box that 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 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. 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 remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the malicious software, then this task also should be removed.
Further click 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.
How to delete contentlikes1.com ads automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this tool to detect contentlikes1.com threat and remove it, by clicking on the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the machine.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this task is done, click “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole personal computer to find out adware and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your system. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the step-by-step instructions or the video guide below.
Block contentlikes1.com ads and other unwanted web pages
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying ads and malicious web-pages, you need to use program that blocks access to harmful advertisements and sites. Moreover, the application can stop the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When the download is finished, 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 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 start your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up ads, web sites like contentlikes1.com, as well as other harmful or misleading 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, that is located on your Windows desktop.
If the problem with contentlikes1.com pop-up ads is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot get rid of contentlikes1.com redirect, 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.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 12, 2018
- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is launched the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, press the “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out ad-supported software which generates contentlikes1.com ads.
- Once the scan is finished, AdwCleaner will show a scan report. Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, click “OK” button.
The following video explains the guide above on how to remove adware with AdwCleaner.
Now your computer should be free of the contentlikes1.com 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 personal computer 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 get rid of contentlikes1.com ads from your PC system, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.