Every time, when you surf the Internet with your web-browser the Adskeeper ads keeps annoying you? It’s possible that your computer is infected with adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that can end up on your system in various ways. Most commonly is when you download and install freeware and forget to uncheck the box for the optional software installation. Do not panic because we’ve got the solution. Here’s a tutorial on how to remove unwanted Adskeeper advertisements from the Google Chrome, FF, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer and other web-browsers.
While your system is infected with the adware, the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer may be rerouted to Adskeeper undesired web-page. Of course, the ad-supported software may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may show a lot of undesired ads.
Table of contents
- What is Adskeeper
- Remove Adskeeper advertisements
- How to manually remove Adskeeper
- How to automatically get rid of Adskeeper ads
- Stop Adskeeper ads and other annoying pages
- Method of Adskeeper ads intrusion into your machine
- Finish words
Most often, the ad-supported software affects the most common internet browsers like the Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and IE. But such the malicious software as well may infect another internet browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a internet browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the internet browser, it’ll redirect to the Adskeeper web-site. Even if you setup a new home page, an annoying web page will be the first thing you see when you open the Chrome, FF, MS Edge and Internet Explorer.
It’s important, do not use Adskeeper site and do not click on advertisements placed on it, as they can lead you to other unwanted pages. The best option is to use the steps posted below to free your PC system of adware and thereby remove Adskeeper ads.
Remove Adskeeper advertisements
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your PC. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this ‘ad supported’ software that causes multiple intrusive advertisements and popups. To remove this ad-supported software, you can use the manual removal guide that are given below or free malicious software removal tool such as Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM), MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) or AdwCleaner (all are free). We advise you use automatic removal solution which will help you to remove Adskeeper ads easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in computer or in the case where adware is not removed automatically. Some of the steps will require you to restart your computer or close the site. So, read this tutorial carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to manually remove Adskeeper
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to delete the Adskeeper ads from the Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Edge browsers.
Uninstall PUPs through the MS Windows Control Panel
It is of primary importance to first identify and delete all PUPs, adware applications and hijackers through ‘Add/Remove Programs’ (Windows XP) or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 10, 8, 7) section of your Windows Control Panel.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed in the figure below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the screen below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your computer. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop-up advertisements and browser redirect to the annoying Adskeeper web-site. 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, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of popup ads and web-browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the program which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as on the image below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
Now you need to clean up the internet browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
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, press OK . You need to clean all browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge.
Delete Adskeeper ads from Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox internet browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Mozilla Firefox settings such as home page, new tab and search provider by default to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, click the Help button () as displayed in the following example
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ad supported software which causes annoying Adskeeper ads. Once, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Ads by Adskeeper from Internet Explorer
If you find that IE web-browser settings such as homepage, newtab page and search engine by default having been replaced by adware that causes intrusive Adskeeper advertisements, then you may return your settings, via the reset browser procedure.
First, start the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as displayed on the screen below.
Once the task is done, click “Close” button. Close the IE and reboot your machine for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s new tab, startpage and search provider by default to default state.
Remove Adskeeper ads from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the hijacker infections, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to recover the internet browser’s start page, newtab page and default search provider that have been changed by ad-supported software that causes intrusive Adskeeper ads.
First run the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web browser will open the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as displayed in the figure below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The web browser will start the process of cleaning. Once it’s complete, the web browser’s settings including startpage, new tab page and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your machine.
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 run your computer, it will display an intrusive web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all harmful tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This displays a dialog box that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as displayed in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this harmful task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then press on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete as displayed in the figure below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by unwanted applications. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically get rid of Adskeeper ads
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users may not completely remove adware that causes unwanted Adskeeper ads. So, we recommend to check your computer for any remaining harmful components with free ad-supported software removal applications below.
How to automatically remove Adskeeper advertisements with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your personal computer of the adware. The utility is an advanced malicious software removal program made by (c) Zemana lab. It’s able to help you delete potentially unwanted programs, hijackers, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and ad-supported software that reroutes your web browser to annoying Adskeeper web page.
Download Zemana Free from the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
After downloading is finished, close all windows on your PC. Further, run the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, Zemana Free will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Next, click the “Scan” button . Zemana tool will begin scanning the whole computer to find out ad-supported software which causes undesired Adskeeper ads. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. While the utility is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
When that process is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will begin to remove adware that cause unwanted Adskeeper advertisements to appear. After the clean-up is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your personal computer.
Use Malwarebytes to remove Adskeeper ads
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to scan for adware and thereby remove Adskeeper advertisements from your browsers. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the computer.
Download MalwareBytes from the link below and save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: May 12, 2017
Once the download is complete, close all windows on your PC. Further, open the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes will automatically run and you can see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes AntiMalware tool will begin scanning the whole computer to find out adware that causes multiple unwanted advertisements and popups. This process can take some time, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes tool is scanning, you can see count of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
As the scanning ends, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will show a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found. All found threats will be marked. You can remove them all by simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will remove ad supported software that causes multiple undesired advertisements and pop ups. After disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware to get rid of browser hijacker infections, ad-supported software and other malicious software.
Get rid of Adskeeper ads from browsers with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can check your computer for a wide range of security threats such as malicious software, adwares, potentially unwanted software as well as adware which designed to redirect your internet browser to various ad web pages like Adskeeper. It will perform a deep scan of your PC system including hard drives and Windows registry. When a malware is detected, it will help you to remove all found threats from your computer by a simple click.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: August 1, 2017
After the download is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the utility is started, you will see a screen as displayed on the image below.
Further, press “Scan” button . AdwCleaner tool will begin scanning the whole system to find out ad supported software that causes web browsers to open unwanted Adskeeper ads. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your computer. After the system scan is finished, AdwCleaner will display a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been detected as shown in the figure below.
All found threats will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box as on the image below.
You need to click “OK”. When the clean up is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your machine. When your system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Stop Adskeeper ads and other annoying pages
It is important to use ad blocking software such as AdGuard to protect your computer from malicious pages. Most security experts says that it is okay to stop advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop Adskeeper and other undesired web pages.
Download AdGuard application from the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: May 10, 2017
When the downloading process is complete, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the following example.
Follow the prompts. After the installation is done, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop popup advertisements, Ads by Adskeeper, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. 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 may be found on your desktop.
Method of Adskeeper ads intrusion into your machine
Now your computer should be free of the adware which developed to redirect your web browser to various ad web-pages such as Adskeeper. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop ups and unwanted harmful sites) and Zemana (to periodically scan your system for new adwares and other malicious 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 remove Adskeeper ads from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.