If you find that your browser has become display the unwanted firethepixel.click pop-ups then it’s a sign that your PC is infected with dangerous software from the adware family. The adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) is a form of unwanted software that can show a ton of advertisements without a user’s permission. Moreover, it can redirect the browser on harmful and misleading sites. Also, if you seeing that the Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Edge tries to load an unknown web page, when you try to open a long-known web-site, then you do not need to wait! Press the stop button in internet browser’s address bar. You need to perform the guide below and clean your computer from ad-supported software ASAP. It will assist you to get rid of the redirect to firethepixel.click and any unwanted pop-up ads.
The ad supported software usually affects only the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge by changing the internet browser’s settings or installing a malicious extensions (addons). Moreover, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The adware will perform a scan of the computer for internet browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you run the browser, you will see an annoying firethepixel.click web page.
While your PC system is infected with the ad supported software, the Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer may be rerouted to firethepixel.click annoying web page. Of course, the adware may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may open a large amount of annoying ads. These ads will be injected within the content of web-sites that are you opening in your internet browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The advertisements will appear on all pages, including web pages where previously you have never seen any advertisements. In this case, when you open any web site, you may see in your web-browser’s status bar the following messages: ‘Waiting for firethepixel.click’, ‘Transferring data from firethepixel.click’, ‘Looking up firethepixel.click’, ‘Read firethepixel.click’, ‘Connected to firethepixel.click’.
Instructions, which is shown below, will allow you to clean your system from the adware as well as get rid of firethepixel.click annoying ads from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge and other web-browsers.
How can you prevent your personal computer from the attack of firethepixel.click advertisements
How to manually remove firethepixel.click pop-up ads
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove firethepixel.click from the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge.
- Delete suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of firethepixel.click redirect from Chrome
- Remove firethepixel.click from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove firethepixel.click from IE
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove firethepixel.click redirect
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete 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’ll display the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It’ll open a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Get rid of firethepixel.click redirect from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s home page, newtab page and search provider by default that have been modified by adware.
- Open the Google Chrome, then press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google 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, that located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings prompt as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove firethepixel.click from Mozilla Firefox
If the FF settings have been modified by the ad supported software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to delete the redirect onto firethepixel.click web-site.
First, launch the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Next, press the Help button () as shown on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser address bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ad supported software. Once it is done, click the “Finish” button
Remove firethepixel.click from IE
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then press button. Next, click “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings dialog box. 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 restore the IE’s settings like home page, newtab page and search provider by default to default state, disable ad-supported web browser’s extensions and thereby remove the reroute to firethepixel.click annoying web page.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove firethepixel.click redirect
When the adware is started, it can also modify the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the browser, it will be redirected to an annoying ads.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select 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 which begins with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument 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 unwanted firethepixel.click web site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all the tasks that have been created by malicious applications.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This shows a prompt 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, click “Task Scheduler Library”, like 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, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the malicious program, 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.
How to delete firethepixel.click advertisements automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove firethepixel.click pop-ups from the infected machine. This is because the adware 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 machine and it will begin to show unwanted firethepixel.click pop-ups. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove adware manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the computer.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your system. It’s an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you remove browser hijackers, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
Now, press the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your machine. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Update: April 15, 2020
After downloading is complete, close all programs on your PC system. Next, run the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like below, press the Yes button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your 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 on the screen below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out adware that cause a redirect to firethepixel.click. When the ad supported software or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished. Please be patient.
Once the system scan is complete, you can check all threats detected on your PC system. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing malware and ‘ad supported’ software which cause firethepixel.click advertisements. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your PC system.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes application to get rid of adware and other malware.
Block firethepixel.click pop-up ads and other unwanted sites
To increase your security and protect your system against new unwanted ads and malicious web pages, you need to use program that stops access to harmful ads and web pages. 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 program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
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Update: November 15, 2018
After the download is done, launch the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is finished, 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 which will assist 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 start automatically and stop advertisements, web sites like firethepixel.click, as well as other malicious or misleading web pages. 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.
If the problem with firethepixel.click pop-ups is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot delete firethepixel.click pop-ups, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Update: October 9, 2020
- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is started the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the ‘ad supported’ software which generates firethepixel.click advertisements.
- Once the scanning is complete, AdwCleaner will show a scan report. Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK” button.
The following video explains the steps above on how to remove ad supported software with AdwCleaner.
Now your PC should be free of the firethepixel.click advertisements. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and annoying malicious web pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new malware and ad-supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new harmful programs and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of firethepixel.click redirect from your system, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.