If you are reading this blog post, it means that you’re seeing the Sftwrads.com page and your browser began to open tons of undesired pop-up advertisements. All of these problems with your computer caused by an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software), which is often installs on the PC system with the free programs. You probably want to know how to delete this adware as well as remove Sftwrads.com popup advertisements. In the step by step tutorial below we will tell you about how to solve your problems.
The ad-supported software that responsible for the appearance of Sftwrads.com pop up ads, is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, modifies browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can install additional browser extensions and modules that will inject ads within the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge and Google Chrome’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install internet browser hijacker that once started, will alter the internet browser’s start page and search provider. The worst is, the ‘ad supported’ software can be used to collect privacy information about you such as what pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This personal data, subsequently, may be sold to third parties.
Most often, the ‘ad supported’ software infects the most common web browsers such as the Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome. But such the malicious software as well may affect 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 start the web browser, it’ll redirect to the intrusive Sftwrads.com web-page. Even if you setup a new startpage, an intrusive web page will be the first thing you see when you launch the Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Internet Explorer.
We suggest to remove the adware that responsible for the appearance of Sftwrads.com redirect, as soon as you found this problem, as it can redirect your browser to web-resources that may load other malicious software on your computer.
Remove Sftwrads.com redirect (removal steps)
Without a doubt, the ad-supported software is harmful to your personal computer. So you need to quickly and completely remove this adware that designed to reroute your web-browser to various ad web sites such as Sftwrads.com. To remove this adware, you can use the manual removal guide that are given below or free malicious software removal utility like Zemana Free, MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) or HitmanPro (all are free). We advise you use automatic removal solution which will help you to remove Sftwrads.com popup ads easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you’re well versed in PC system or in the case where adware is not deleted automatically. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to shut down your browser or restart your personal computer.
To remove Sftwrads.com, perform the steps below:
- How to manually get rid of Sftwrads.com
- Sftwrads.com ads automatic removal
- How to stop Sftwrads.com pop-ups
- Where the Sftwrads.com popup advertisements comes from
- To sum up
How to manually get rid of Sftwrads.com
The step-by-step guidance will help you get rid of Sftwrads.com redirect. These Sftwrads.com removal steps work for the Microsoft Internet Explorer, MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome, as well as every version of Microsoft Windows operating system.
Delete dubious applications using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the PC cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed programs and uninstall all unknown or dubious apps. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious applications such as ad-supported software and hijacker infections may be bundled with free applications. Uninstall the unwanted programs can remove the intrusive advertisements or internet browser redirect.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown in the following example.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like 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’ (MS Windows 7 or Vista) like below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and delete all questionable and unknown apps. We recommend to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. Once you have found anything dubious that may be the ad-supported software which cause intrusive Sftwrads.com popups to appear or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then choose this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the questionable application blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your PC.
Remove Sftwrads.com redirect from Firefox
The Mozilla Firefox reset will keep your personal information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data, restore preferences and security settings, remove redirects to undesired Sftwrads.com site and ad-supported software.
First, run the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display 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 below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of Sftwrads.com redirect from IE
By resetting Internet Explorer browser you revert back your browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by ad supported software responsible for Sftwrads.com ads.
First, start the Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It will delete adware that cause intrusive Sftwrads.com pop-up ads to appear, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings like start page, search engine by default and newtab to default state.
Remove Sftwrads.com pop ups from Google Chrome
If your Google Chrome web browser is re-directed to unwanted Sftwrads.com page, it may be necessary to completely reset your web browser program to its default settings.
- First, start the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the addon labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings dialog box as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Fix internet browser shortcuts, modified by adware
Now you need to clean up the web browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the internet browser, and not on any unknown file.
To clear the internet browser shortcut file, right-click to it and choose 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 similar to “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the intrusive Sftwrads.com web-page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all tasks that have been created by malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This shows 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 following example.
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 system. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then get rid of this malicious 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 click on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Sftwrads.com ads automatic removal
The ‘ad supported’ software can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the ad-supported software that designed to redirect your browser to various ad web pages such as Sftwrads.com again infect your personal computer. Moreover, We want to note that it is not always safe to remove ad supported software manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the MS Windows operating system. The best solution to scan for and get rid of ad supported software is to use free malware removal software.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to delete Sftwrads.com
Zemana Anti-malware is a utility that can get rid of ad-supported software, potentially unwanted applications, browser hijacker infections and other malicious software from your system easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of computer resources.
Installing the Zemana is simple. First you’ll need to download Zemana Free on your Windows Desktop from the link below.
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Update: March 3, 2018
When the downloading process is finished, start it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana Free will try to update itself and when this procedure is finished, press the “Scan” button to begin scanning your computer for the adware that causes web browsers to show undesired Sftwrads.com popups.
A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Review the results once the tool 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 remove adware responsible for redirects to Sftwrads.com and add items to the Quarantine.
Scan your PC system and delete Sftwrads.com redirect with Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro is a free removal tool. It deletes potentially unwanted software, adware, hijackers and unwanted browser extensions. It will identify and remove adware that causes tons of unwanted Sftwrads.com popups. HitmanPro uses very small computer resources and is a portable application. Moreover, HitmanPro does add another layer of malware protection.
Please go to the link below to download HitmanPro. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
Download and run HitmanPro on your machine. Once started, click “Next” button . Hitman Pro program will scan through the whole machine for the ad-supported software responsible for redirections to Sftwrads.com. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is scanning, you can see count of objects and files has already scanned..
When the scan get finished, you can check all items detected on your personal computer.
Once you have selected what you want to get rid of from your personal computer press Next button.
It will show a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to delete all malware found.
How to automatically get rid of Sftwrads.com with Malwarebytes
Remove Sftwrads.com redirect manually is difficult and often the ad-supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC. Moreover, the free program will help you to delete malicious software, potentially unwanted apps, toolbars and hijackers that your computer may be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Free from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
After downloading is finished, close all apps and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup as displayed on the screen below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC system.
Once install is finished, you will see window as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the ad-supported software that causes multiple undesired pop-up advertisements. This process can take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once MalwareBytes completes the scan, MalwareBytes Free will display a list of all threats detected by the scan. Review the report and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove ad supported software that causes a ton of unwanted Sftwrads.com ads and move threats to the program’s quarantine. When disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart your computer.
The following video explains few simple steps on how to remove hijacker, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes AntiMalware.
How to stop Sftwrads.com pop-ups
If you browse the Net, you cannot avoid malicious advertising. But you can protect your web browser against it. Download and run an ad-blocking program. AdGuard is an ad-blocker which can filter out a large count of of the malvertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
Download AdGuard on your personal computer from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the setup is finished, you will see a window as shown on the screen below.
You can press “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow 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 run your PC system, AdGuard will run automatically and stop pop-ups, Sftwrads.com redirect, as well as other harmful or misleading 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, which can be found on your desktop.
Where the Sftwrads.com popup advertisements comes from
To sum up
After completing the instructions outlined above, your computer should be free from adware that responsible for the appearance of Sftwrads.com advertisements and other malicious software. The Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge will no longer redirect you to various intrusive web sites such as Sftwrads.com. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new ad supported software, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.