The prizes-news.org is an one of the many ad web sites, which can be opened automatically each time you start the browser. The reason of automatic opening of this web page is an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software), which was set on your computer without your consent. Because, the ad-supported software is often used to show a huge number of annoying popup ads within the Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge’s screen. As, the advertisers do not disdain to use any methods to promote their sites and attract new users. Below we explain how to remove ad supported software and thereby remove prizes-news.org annoying advertisements from your internet browser.
The malicious applications from the ‘ad-supported’ software family that changes the settings of web-browsers usually affects only the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The ad-supported software may change the Target property of a web-browser’s shortcut, so every time you launch the web-browser, instead of your start page, you will see the unwanted prizes-news.org ads.
The ad supported software may insert a huge number of ads directly to the web-pages that you visit, creating a sense that the advertisements has been added by the creators of the page. Moreover, a legal advertisements may be replaced on the fake advertisements, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the ad supported software has the ability to collect lots of personal information about you (your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
So, obviously, you need to remove the adware ASAP. Use the free step-by-step guide below. This guide will help you clean your PC system and thereby delete the prizes-news.org annoying pop-up ads.
How does prizes-news.org advertisements get installed onto PC system
Probably, the adware get installed onto your machine 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-sites. Even removing the program that contains adware, does not help you get rid of the prizes-news.org ads. Therefore, you must follow the guide below to get rid of all unwanted advertisements.
How to manually remove prizes-news.org ads
Without a doubt, the ‘ad-supported’ software is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malicious software. To remove this adware, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware tool for removing dangerous applications, 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 prizes-news.org pop-ups 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.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove prizes-news.org redirect
- Remove prizes-news.org advertisements from Google Chrome
- Delete prizes-news.org pop-up ads from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove prizes-news.org pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will show the Windows Control Panel as shown on the image below.
Next, press “Uninstall a program” It will open a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list and delete any suspicious and unknown software.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove prizes-news.org redirect
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the internet browser, and not on any unknown file. Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option.
It will display the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The ‘ad-supported’ software can change it. If you are seeing something such as “…exe http://web.site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example on the screen below.
Once is done, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for web browser shortcuts which redirects to an annoying web-pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove prizes-news.org advertisements from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the web browser’s homepage, new tab and default search engine that have been changed by adware.
- Open the Chrome, then press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, press the “Reset settings” button, which located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete prizes-news.org pop-up ads from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been modified by the ad supported software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to delete the redirect onto prizes-news.org web site.
First, launch the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown in the following image.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the following image. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. When it is finished, press the “Finish” button
Remove prizes-news.org pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
To get rid of the prizes-news.org pop-ups you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your system.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown in the following image.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and press the “Reset” button. The IE will display the “Reset Microsoft Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as shown in the figure below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
When the task is done, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your machine for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted prizes-news.org web-site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ programs.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This opens a dialog box that titled with 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 shown in the following image.
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, 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 you need delete it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the malicios application, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the figure below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove prizes-news.org with Malwarebytes
Remove prizes-news.org redirect manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal program. It can automatically detect and delete the adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) of the your PC. Moreover, this free program will help you to remove web browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your machine may be infected too. You can follow the instructions below to remove the prizes-news.org annoying redirect completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once downloaded, close all software and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your system.
When setup is finished, you will see window as shown on the image below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC to find out ad supported software that causes the redirect to prizes-news.org web page. This task can take some time, so please be patient.
When it has finished scanning, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing the ad supported software related files, folders, registry keys. Once the disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
The following video explains the step-by-step guide above on how to remove ad supported software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Block prizes-news.org pop-up ads and other unwanted web-sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted ads and malicious web-pages, you need to use application that blocks access to malicious advertisements and sites. Moreover, the application can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program using the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is done, launch the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is finished, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install 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 do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-ups, sites such as prizes-news.org, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-pages. 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.
If the problem with prizes-news.org ads is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove prizes-news.org advertisements, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below. AdwCleaner download
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Category: Security tools
Update: April 3, 2020
- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is launched the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, press the “Scan” button to start checking your personal computer for the ‘ad-supported’ software which generates prizes-news.org advertisements.
- When the system scan is complete, AdwCleaner will show a scan report. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, click “OK” button.
The following video explains the guide above on how to remove ‘ad-supported’ software with AdwCleaner.
Now your computer should be free of the prizes-news.org pop-ups. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted advertisements and annoying malicious pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new malware and ‘ad-supported’ 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 prizes-news.org redirect from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.