The LaCie Private Public is an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). The adware may modify the settings of web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer to generate a ton of undesired pop-up advertisements. It’ll lead to the fact that when you launch the web-browser or surf the World Wide Web, it’ll always be forced to open lots of unwanted pop-up ads signed with “Ads by LaCie Private Public”, “Powered by LaCie Private Public” or “LaCie Private Public”, even when your web-browser is configured to stop advertisements or your personal computer has a program that stops advertisements. On current date, the LaCie Private Public adware continues to increase the number of computers that have been infected.
While your system is affected with the LaCie Private Public ad supported software, the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge may be redirected to various unwanted web-pages. Of course, the adware may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may open lots of unwanted advertisements. These ads will be injected within the content of web pages that are you opening in your web browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The ads will appear on all web-pages, including web-sites where previously you have never seen any sponsored links.
It is important, don’t click on LaCie Private Public ads, as they can lead you to a more harmful or misleading web-sites. The best option is to use the guidance posted below to clean your computer of ad-supported software and thereby get rid of unwanted ads that powered by LaCie Private Public adware.
How to remove LaCie Private Public adware
Fortunately, it is not hard to remove LaCie Private Public adware which causes unwanted pop up advertisements. In the following steps, we will provide two methods to free your PC system of this ad supported software. One is the manual removal way and the other is automatic removal method. You can select the solution that best fits you. Please follow the removal guide below to remove LaCie Private Public ad supported software right now!
To remove LaCie Private Public, perform the steps below:
- How to manually remove LaCie Private Public
- How to automatically remove LaCie Private Public ‘ad supported’ software
- Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
- How does your personal computer get infected with LaCie Private Public ad-supported software
- Finish words
How to manually remove LaCie Private Public
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove LaCie Private Public ad supported software from the Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Chrome and IE.
Remove LaCie Private Public related software through the Control Panel of your PC system
The process of adware removal is generally the same across all versions of Microsoft Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed apps on your system and uninstall all unused, unknown and questionable programs.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown on the screen below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the following example.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown on the screen 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 apps and delete all suspicious and unknown applications. We advise to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed apps by date. After you’ve found anything questionable that may be the LaCie Private Public adware that causes multiple unwanted ads and popups or other PUP (potentially unwanted program), then select this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully delete it from your system.
Remove LaCie Private Public from Firefox
If your Firefox internet browser is rerouted to LaCie Private Public ads, then it may be time to perform the browser reset.
First, launch the Firefox. Next, press 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 click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown in the following example.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove LaCie Private Public from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the adware, harmful and adware extensions, as well as to recover the web browser’s new tab, search provider and homepage that have been replaced by LaCie Private Public adware that causes a ton of undesired ads.
First start the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will show the Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option named “Settings”.
The web-browser will show the settings screen. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown on the screen below and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation dialog box as displayed on the screen below.
You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The browser will start the process of cleaning. Once it’s finished, the web-browser’s settings including newtab, search provider and homepage back to the values which have been when the Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
Remove LaCie Private Public adware from Internet Explorer
In order to recover all web browser new tab, home page and search engine you need to reset the IE to the state, that was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your machine.
First, launch the IE, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then click the “Internet Options” as displayed in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as on the image below.
When the procedure is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your PC for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s newtab, homepage and search provider to default state.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the LaCie Private Public ‘ad supported’ software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your personal computer, it will show an annoying web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all harmful tasks which have been created by unwanted software.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This displays a prompt 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, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as displayed in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please 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 machine. 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’s a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by the LaCie Private Public software. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically remove LaCie Private Public ‘ad supported’ software
If you are an unskilled computer user, then all your attempts to remove LaCie Private Public ad supported software by following the manual steps above might result in failure. To find and remove all of the ‘ad supported’ software related files and registry entries that keep this ad supported software on your computer, use free anti malware software like Zemana, MalwareBytes Free and AdwCleaner from our list below.
How to automatically get rid of LaCie Private Public ad supported software with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware highly recommended, because it can detect security threats such adware and adwares that most ‘classic’ antivirus applications fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any LaCie Private Public removal problems which cannot be fixed by this tool automatically, then Zemana Anti-malware provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
Installing the Zemana AntiMalware is simple. First you will need to download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) from the link below. Save it to your Desktop.
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Once the download is done, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the set up file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana AntiMalware on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is complete successfully, Zemana AntiMalware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button to search for LaCie Private Public that causes web-browsers to display unwanted pop-up ads. While the tool is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
Once Zemana has finished scanning your PC system, the results are displayed in the scan report. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button. The Zemana Anti-Malware will delete LaCie Private Public that causes multiple intrusive advertisements and popups. After that process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
Use Malwarebytes to remove LaCie Private Public adware
We advise using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to find out adware and thereby remove LaCie Private Public ad-supported software from your browsers. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the computer.
Click the link below to download MalwareBytes Free. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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When downloading is finished, close all apps and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown in the following example.
When the install begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC system.
Once setup is done, you will see window as displayed in the following example.
Now click the “Scan Now” button for scanning your personal computer for the LaCie Private Public that causes lots of unwanted popups. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your computer. When a malicious software, ad-supported software or potentially unwanted programs are detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete.
When MalwareBytes Free has finished scanning, MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will show you the results. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now get rid of LaCie Private Public which created to reroute your browser to various ad web-pages and move threats to the program’s quarantine. Once finished, you may be prompted to reboot your system.
The following video explains instructions on how to delete browser hijacker, ‘ad supported’ software and other malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
If the problem with LaCie Private Public is still remained
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It may check and remove malicious software, potentially unwanted apps and adware in Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome and FF browsers and thereby delete all undesired LaCie Private Public pop-up advertisements. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the system.
Installing the AdwCleaner is simple. First you’ll need to download AdwCleaner from the following link.
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Once the download is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the tool is started, you will see a screen as on the image below.
Further, click “Scan” button . AdwCleaner utility will start scanning the whole PC system to find out LaCie Private Public adware which designed to reroute your web-browser to various ad web sites. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. After AdwCleaner has completed scanning, AdwCleaner will prepare a list of undesired and ‘ad supported’ software programs as displayed below.
Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt as shown in the figure below.
You need to click “OK”. Once disinfection is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. When your personal computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
We suggest to install an ad-blocker program that may stop an unwanted ads and other annoying pages. The ad blocker tool like AdGuard is a program that basically removes advertising from the Net and stops access to malicious sites. Moreover, security experts says that using ad blocker apps is necessary to stay safe when surfing the World Wide Web.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of AdGuard for Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When the downloading process is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed in the following example.
Follow the prompts. Once the install is finished, you will see a window as shown below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “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 do not need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop popup advertisements, 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.
How does your personal computer get infected with LaCie Private Public ad-supported software
Now your PC should be clean of the LaCie Private Public adware that created to redirect your web browser to various ad web sites. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup advertisements and annoying harmful sites) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your computer for new malware, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new adwares, harmful applications and ‘ad supported’ software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove LaCie Private Public from your browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.