If the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge shows the greatappdownloads163.download unwanted web page which offers to install an unknown software called “HD player update” or “Flash Player Update” then most probably that your system is infected with an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). This ad supported software alters the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge settings to open lots of annoying advertisements on all pages, including web-sites where previously you advertisements have never seen. These advertisements can be varied: pop-up windows, boxes, in-text ads, different sized banners and so on. What is more, the adware, that displays the greatappdownloads163.download pop-up ads, can cause your Internet connection to be slow or freeze your internet browser so that the interface is not updated anymore.
The ad supported software can change the settings of the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge, but often that a dangerous software such as this can also infect all types of browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time launch the web-browser to see greatappdownloads163.download unwanted advertisements.
The adware is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It’s created with the sole purpose to open dozens of pop-ups, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. So, the greatappdownloads163.download is just one of the many sites of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It is designed to fill the internet browser’s constant stream of ads, or redirect the web-browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web pages. Moreover, the ad supported software can substitute the legitimate advertising links on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit malicious web-sites. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their web-pages, so the creators of ad supported software, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the adware receive income. It’s the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
So, obviously, you need to get rid of the ad supported software as soon as possible. Use the free guide below. This guide will help you clean your PC and thereby remove the greatappdownloads163.download annoying ads.
How does greatappdownloads163.download advertisements get installed onto system
How to manually remove greatappdownloads163.download ads
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your system. So you need to quickly and completely remove this dangerous software. To uninstall this adware, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware tool for removing malicious programs, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, which will allow you to remove greatappdownloads163.download easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where adware is not removed automatically.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove greatappdownloads163.download redirect
- Remove greatappdownloads163.download pop-up ads from Google Chrome
- Remove greatappdownloads163.download ads from Firefox
- Delete greatappdownloads163.download advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the personal computer cleanup is to remove unknown and suspicious software. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, for one simple reason, many free programs at its installation additionally set various unneeded applications that most often generate unwanted ads and redirect your internet browser to greatappdownloads163.download web site. So, remove the unneeded software may cleanup your browser from popups, hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows key, click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will display the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed programs.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove greatappdownloads163.download redirect
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to start your browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the browser which is redirected to the greatappdownloads163.download or other unwanted site.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The ad supported software can replace the contents of this field, which describes the file to be run when you launch your browser. Depending on the browser you are using, there should be: Google Chrome: chrome.exe, Opera: opera.exe, Firefox: firefox.exe, Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe. If you are seeing an unknown text like “http://site.address” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the screen below. Click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you start the browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the greatappdownloads163.download site or any other annoying pages that is advertised by the ad supported software. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Remove greatappdownloads163.download pop-up ads from Google Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click to Settings option. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and click on the Reset settings button. Confirm your action, click on the Reset button.
Remove greatappdownloads163.download ads from Firefox
If the FF settings have been changed by the ad supported software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the redirect onto greatappdownloads163.download ads.
Run the Firefox and press button to display the Tools menu. It shows the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Click on the Help button (). 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 open the “Troubleshooting Information” page. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. It will open the confirmation dialog box. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. Once, it’s done, press the “Finish” button
Delete greatappdownloads163.download advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
Run IE, press . Click “Internet Options” as shown below. In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next press Reset button. The 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 PC system for the changes to take effect. It will restore the IE’s settings to default state, disable ad-supported browser’s extensions and remove the redirect to the greatappdownloads163.download unwanted page.
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 start your computer, it will open the greatappdownloads163.download annoying site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks that have been created by malicios program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. This opens a prompt that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click Enter. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open 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://greatappdownloads163.download” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the malicious programs, then this task also can be safely 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 adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove greatappdownloads163.download popup ads automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely get rid of greatappdownloads163.download ads from the infected computer. This is because the ad supported software can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the adware again infect your PC and it will start to display annoying greatappdownloads163.download advertisements. Moreover, I 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 computer.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer. It is an advanced malware removal application developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you remove browser hijackers, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC for free.
Now, click the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your system. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once the downloading process is finished, close all software and windows on your system. Next, launch the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown on the screen below, press the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, press Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to begin checking your PC for the adware that cause a redirect to greatappdownloads163.download. When a malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished. Please be patient.
As the scanning ends, you can check all threats detected on your computer. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing greatappdownloads163.download advertisements and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to Restart.
I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes program to remove ad supported software and other malware.
Block greatappdownloads163.download and other annoying pages
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new annoying ads and malicious web-sites, you need to use application that blocks access to dangerous advertisements and web pages. Moreover, the software can block the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program using the following link.
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After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. After installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application 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, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, web-pages such greatappdownloads163.download, as well as other dangerous 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 is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your system and remove greatappdownloads163.download with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software), browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge web-browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (homepage and search engine by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC system.
Download AdwCleaner tool from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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After downloading is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as on the image below. If the User Account Control will ask you want to display the program, click Yes button to continue.
Click “Scan” to begin checking your computer for adware that cause a redirect to greatappdownloads163.download ads.
Once scan is complete, it will open a list of all items detected by this tool as shown on the screen below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK” to start the cleaning process. When the clean up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to ask for help the Myantispyware team
If you are seeking a help for greatappdownloads163.download redirect removal then follow these steps.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop. HijackThis download
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon, and click the button labeled “Do a system scan only”.
- Once the scan is complete, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop
Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying greatappdownloads163.download pop-ups.