The Filter.targead.com is an ‘ad’ web page. If this web-page popping up in your web browser then it is possible that your machine is infected with adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software). It’s a type of unwanted programs that designed to show lots of undesired pop-ups. Unlike viruses, the ad supported software will not delete or infect your files, but its actions will cause some problems with your browser. This is because, it will infect your personal computer, get full access to your internet browsers like Google Chrome, IE, Mozilla Firefox and MS Edge and be able to change their settings. Of course, it did not ask you for permission and do it secretly as possible. Once your web-browser settings will be modified, you will be rerouted to unwanted advertisements, some of which can lead to malicious or misleading web-pages. For this reason, we suggest that you begin the clean up of your computer as soon as possible and thereby remove Filter.targead.com redirect from your internet browser.
What is more, the adware may open ads depend on a page that you are visiting. That is, it is clear that this ‘ad supported’ software, 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 ad supported software 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.
Most often, the adware affects the most common internet browsers like the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and Microsoft Edge. But such the harmful software as well may infect another web browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web browser’s shortcut). So every time you run the web browser, it’ll redirect to the unwanted Filter.targead.com site. Even if you setup a new homepage, an undesired web page will be the first thing you see when you launch the Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge.
Instructions which is shown below, will help you to clean your PC system from the adware as well as get rid of Filter.targead.com annoying popup ads from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer and other web-browsers.
Table of contents
- What is Filter.targead.com
- Filter.targead.com pop up advertisements removal instructions
- How to manually remove Filter.targead.com
- Delete PUPs through the Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the web browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Filter.targead.com redirect
- Remove Filter.targead.com pop ups from IE
- Remove Filter.targead.com pop-up advertisements from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove Filter.targead.com redirect from Google Chrome
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- How to delete Filter.targead.com redirect with freeware
- How to manually remove Filter.targead.com
- Block Filter.targead.com ads and other unwanted web-sites
- Method of Filter.targead.com ads intrusion into your PC
- To sum up
Filter.targead.com pop up advertisements removal instructions
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your PC. So you need to quickly and completely delete this ad supported software that causes lots of unwanted Filter.targead.com popup ads. To remove this ad-supported software, you may use the manual removal tutorial which are given below or free malware removal tool like Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (all are free). We recommend you use automatic removal solution which will help you to delete Filter.targead.com pop ups easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where ad supported software is not removed automatically. Some of the steps below will require you to close the web site. So, please read the step-by-step tutorial carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to manually remove Filter.targead.com
If you perform exactly the guidance below you should be able to remove the Filter.targead.com popup advertisements from the Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers.
Delete PUPs through the Windows Control Panel
The process of adware removal is generally the same across all versions of MS Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed software on your PC system and remove all unused, unknown and suspicious applications.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown in the figure below.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown on the image below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and remove all programs that has the name similar to the Filter.targead.com web-page. We recommend to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. Once you have found anything suspicious that may be the browser hijacker infection, ad-supported software or PUPs, then choose this application and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious application blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your personal computer.
Disinfect the web browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Filter.targead.com redirect
Important to know, most anti malware software that are able to remove adware, but unable to find and recover modified shortcuts. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcuts for your Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge browsers manually.
Right click on the internet browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. 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 “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, click OK . You need to clean all browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
Remove Filter.targead.com pop ups from IE
If you find that IE browser settings such as new tab, homepage and search provider by default having been modified by ‘ad supported’ software that causes tons of annoying Filter.targead.com pop up ads, then you may revert back your settings, via the reset browser procedure.
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Remove Filter.targead.com pop-up advertisements from Mozilla Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox settings like start page, new tab page and default search engine have been modified by the ‘ad supported’ software, then resetting it to the default state can help.
Run the FF and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Mozilla Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software. When, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Filter.targead.com redirect from Google Chrome
Run the Reset web-browser tool of the Chrome to reset all its settings like home page, new tab page and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of web-browser redirects to undesired ad web pages like Filter.targead.com.
- First, start the Google Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as on the image above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove 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 computer, it will show Filter.targead.com intrusive site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all harmful tasks that have been created by unwanted applications.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will open a dialog box that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, like 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, press 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 adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious applications. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to delete Filter.targead.com redirect with freeware
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove ad supported software that causes multiple unwanted ads and popups. So, we suggest to scan your system for any remaining malicious components with free adware removal software below.
How to automatically remove Filter.targead.com pop up advertisements with Zemana Anti-malware
You can delete Filter.targead.com redirect automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-malware. We suggest this malware removal tool because it can easily delete browser hijackers, potentially unwanted applications, ad-supported software which reroutes your internet browser to Filter.targead.com web site with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
- Please download Zemana AntiMalware to your desktop by clicking on the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will show the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the downloading process is done, please close all software and open windows on your computer. Next, launch a file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will open the “Setup wizard” of Zemana AntiMalware onto your system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the AntiMalware will run and open the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the ad supported software that causes browsers to show undesired Filter.targead.com pop up advertisements. This task may take some time, so please be patient.
- Once it has finished scanning, the results are displayed in the scan report.
- Review the report and then click the “Next” button. The tool will remove ‘ad supported’ software that cause annoying Filter.targead.com pop up advertisements to appear and move items to the program’s quarantine. After disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
- Close the Zemana Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Run Malwarebytes to remove Filter.targead.com pop-up ads
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC of the ad supported software. The free utility is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you remove undesired Filter.targead.com popups from your internet browsers, potentially unwanted applications, malware, hijackers, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: May 12, 2017
After downloading is done, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this process is finished, click the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole PC system to find out adware that causes undesired Filter.targead.com pop ups. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC and the speed of your computer. When a malicious software, ‘ad supported’ software or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished. In order to get rid of all threats, simply press “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 this malicious software removal utility, we recommend you to read and follow the step by step tutorial or the video guide below.
If the problem with Filter.targead.com redirect is still remained
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility that may be downloaded and use to get rid of adware that causes annoying Filter.targead.com pop ups, browser hijackers, malware, potentially unwanted applications, toolbars and other threats from your personal computer. You may use this tool to scan for threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security application.
- Download AdwCleaner from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 19, 2017
- Select the directory in which you saved it as Desktop, and then click Save.
- After the download is complete, start the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” to perform a system scan with this tool for the adware that made to redirect your web-browser to various ad pages such as Filter.targead.com. Depending on your PC, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan it’ll detect all threats exist on your machine.
- After the scanning is done, it will show a scan report. Next, you need to click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to reboot your PC, click “OK”.
The steps shown in detail in the following video.
Block Filter.targead.com ads and other unwanted web-sites
If you surf the Internet, you cannot avoid malvertising. But you can protect your web browser against it. Download and use an adblocker program. AdGuard is an ad-blocker that can filter out a ton of of the malicious advertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking application is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: May 10, 2017
After downloading is complete, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions as shown on the screen below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guide which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, web pages such Filter.targead.com, as well as other harmful or misleading 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, that is located on your desktop.
Method of Filter.targead.com ads intrusion into your PC
Many ‘ad supported’ software are included in the free programs setup file. Most often, a user have a chance to disable all included “offers”, but some installation packages are created to confuse the average users, in order to trick them into installing the adware that causes web-browsers to display unwanted Filter.targead.com pop-up ads. Anyway, easier to prevent the adware rather than clean up your PC system after one. So, keep the web browser updated (turn on automatic updates), run a good antivirus software, double check a free software before you open it (do a google search, scan a downloaded file with VirusTotal), avoid harmful and unknown web-pages.
To sum up
Now your computer should be free of the ad-supported software that causes a huge count of unwanted Filter.targead.com pop up ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popups and annoying malicious web-sites) and Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your PC for new hijacker infections, malicious software 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 delete Filter.targead.com popup ads from the Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.