The appearance of annoying aclickads.com advertisements in your web browser means that your personal computer is infected with an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). It makes changes to the personal computer settings and configures itself so as to start automatically each time the machine is turned on. Immediately after startup, the ‘ad-supported’ software begins to monitor the user’s actions and insert ads directly into the open windows of the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. So, if you notice that your web browser has become open this web site, then you do not need to wait . Perform the guide below and remove aclickads.com advertisements as quickly as possible.
The ad-supported software can change the settings of the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer, but often that a dangerous software like this can also infect all types of web-browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time launch the web browser to see aclickads.com annoying ads.
Technically, the ‘ad-supported’ software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates a lot of advertisements, hindering or completely blocking the work in the internet browser. It may install other unknown and unwanted software without your permission, force you to visit malicious sites. Moreover, a browser hijacker can be additionally installed on to your PC system with the ad supported software. Once installed, it’ll rewrite your homepage with an unwanted web-site.
We suggest you to get rid of adware and clean your personal computer from aclickads.com popup ads ASAP, until the presence of the adware has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the few simple steps below that will allow you to completely get rid of the redirect to aclickads.com unwanted web site, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How does aclickads.com ads get installed onto computer
Probably, the ad-supported software get installed onto your personal computer when you have installed a freeware like E-Mail checker, PDF creator, video codec, etc. Because, most commonly the ad-supported software is bundled within the installation packages from Softonic, Cnet, Soft32, Brothersoft or other similar web pages. Even removing the program that contains adware, does not help you remove the aclickads.com advertisements. Therefore, you must follow the instructions below to delete all annoying advertisements.
How to manually remove aclickads.com pop-up ads
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove aclickads.com from the Chrome, IE, FF and Microsoft Edge.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove aclickads.com pop-ups from Firefox
- Remove aclickads.com advertisements from Google Chrome
- Get rid of aclickads.com pop-up ads from IE
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove aclickads.com redirect
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you start the personal computer cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed programs and uninstall all unknown or suspicious programs. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious software such as ad supported software and browser hijackers may be bundled with freeware. Remove the unwanted software may remove the annoying ads or internet browser redirect to unknown or unwanted sites.
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Next, press “Uninstall a program” It’ll show a list of all software. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date of installation in the Control panel.
Remove aclickads.com pop-ups from Firefox
First, start the Mozilla Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove aclickads.com advertisements 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. Next, press the “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 on the screen below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Get rid of aclickads.com pop-up ads from IE
First, run the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click button. Next, press “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. It will restore the IE’s settings such as homepage and search engine by default to default state, disable ad-supported web browser’s extensions and thereby remove the redirect to aclickads.com unwanted web page.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove aclickads.com redirect
Once installed, the adware may add an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome, FF, MS Edge and IE. Due to this, every time you launch the web browser, it will open the aclickads.com unwanted web-site.
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 that begins with “http://”. Remove it or everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
Next, click OK to save changes. You need to clean all web-browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the FF, Chrome, IE and MS Edge.
Delete 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 start your machine, it will open aclickads.com annoying web-page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ programs.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will display a dialog box which titled as 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 on the image 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 like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the malicious programs, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen 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 aclickads.com with free malware removal application
Manual removal aclickads.com redirect requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the ad-supported software may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free programs will help you to remove malware, web browser hijackers and toolbars that your system may be infected too.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop by clicking on the following link. Malwarebytes Anti-malware
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- At the download page, click the Download button. Your web-browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your desktop.
- When the download process is finished, please close all software and open windows on your system. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will start the Setup wizard of Malwarebytes onto your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the malware remover will start and show the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button to start checking your PC system for the ad supported software that redirects your web browser to the aclickads.com annoying site. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient.
- When the system scan is done, it will show a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found.
- When you are ready, click on “Quarantine Selected” button to start cleaning your PC system. When the process is done, you may be prompted to restart your PC.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
How to stop aclickads.com advertisements
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying ads and malicious sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous advertisements and web-sites. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application using the following link.
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- After the download is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is done, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a 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 start your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-ups, aclickads.com redirects, as well as other dangerous or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your computer and remove aclickads.com advertisements with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and delete ad supported software, browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Chrome, IE, Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (homepage, new tab page 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 personal computer.
Download AdwCleaner tool using the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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After the download is done, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to display the program, click Yes button to continue.
Now, click the “Scan” to begin checking your system for the adware that cause a redirect to aclickads.com ads.
When it has finished scanning your computer, it will display a list of all items detected by this utility like below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK” to begin the cleaning process. Once the clean-up is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your machine. After restart, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your machine should be free of the aclickads.com ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and unwanted dangerous pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new malware 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 dangerous software and ad supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of aclickads.com from your PC, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.