The EZupdater is classified as adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). It can display annoying pop-ups within the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge or reroute your web browser on various ads web-sites. As a result of the adware infection, your web-browser will be full of ads (pop-ups, banners, in-text links, offers to install an unwanted applications) and your PC system will be slower and slower.
It is not a good idea to have an unwanted program such as EZupdater on your machine. The reason for this is simple, it doing things you do not know about. The ad supported software can also be used to collect a wide variety of personal data which may be later used for marketing purposes. You do not know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely do not know what will happen when you click on any ads.
The ad-supported software often change all web-browser shortcuts that located on your Desktop to force you visit certain unwanted ad web-sites. As a result, your web-browser can still reroute you to an undesired ad web-page despite your machine is actually clean of ad-supported software and other malicious software.
Therefore it’s very important to follow the step-by-step instructions below as quickly as possible. The guide will help you to remove EZupdater as well as clean your computer from any unwanted ads. What is more, the few simple steps below will help you remove other harmful applications like unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, that could penetrate into personal computer along with the adware.
Table of contents
- What is EZupdater
- Remove EZupdater from computer (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP)
- Manual EZupdater removal
- How to get rid of EZupdater adware with free applications
- How to stay safe online
- How did EZupdater ‘ad supported’ software get on your PC
- To sum up
Remove EZupdater from computer (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP)
Fortunately, it is not hard to remove EZupdater which redirects your web browser to intrusive ad web-pages. In the following guide, we will provide two solutions to free your personal computer of this adware. One is the manual removal solution and the other is automatic removal method. You can choose the method that best fits you. Please follow the removal steps below to remove EZupdater ad-supported software right now!
Manual EZupdater removal
If you perform exactly the tutorial below you should be able to get rid of the EZupdater ‘ad supported’ software from Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and free the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web-browsers of all unwanted ads.
Remove adware and other PUPs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
In order to get rid of PUPs such as this ‘ad supported’ software, open the Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed software. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijacker or PUPs. If yes, remove them off. Even if they are just a applications that you do not use, then removing them off will increase your PC start up time and speed dramatically.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, press the Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
It will open the Windows Control Panel as on the image below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all software installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort programs by date in the Control panel.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by adware
The adware can hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop (most often, all internet browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument like http://site.address/.
Right click on the 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 “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, click OK . You need to clean all web-browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If an intrusive web-site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all the tasks that have been created by malicious application.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This opens a dialog box that 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, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose 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 delete this harmful task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the ‘ad-supported’ applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by unwanted software. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of EZupdater adware with free applications
Many antivirus companies have made programs that help detect ‘ad supported’ software and thereby remove EZupdater from Windows 10, 8, 7, XP. Below is a a few of the free applications you may want to use. Your computer may have a large number of PUPs, adware and hijacker infections installed at the same time, so we suggest, if any unwanted or harmful program returns after restarting the computer, then boot your computer into Safe Mode and use the antimalware tool again.
How to automatically remove EZupdater adware with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your personal computer of the ad-supported software. The utility is an advanced malware removal program made by (c) Zemana lab. It’s able to help you get rid of potentially unwanted software, hijacker infections, malware, toolbars, ransomware and EZupdater that causes multiple undesired advertisements and pop-ups.
Download Zemana AntiMalware on your computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your desktop.
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Update: July 16, 2019
When the downloading process is finished, close all windows on your system. Further, start the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana Anti-Malware on the personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware will automatically start and you can see its main window as on the image below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the EZupdater that causes multiple intrusive ads and popups. Depending on your system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan it will detect all threats exist on your computer.
When finished, it will show a list of found items. Next, you need to click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will remove EZupdater adware that causes multiple unwanted ads and pop ups and move items to the program’s quarantine. When the clean-up is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC system.
Scan and free your machine of ad-supported software with Malwarebytes
Remove EZupdater adware manually is difficult and often the ‘ad supported’ software is not completely removed. Therefore, we advise you to run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system. Moreover, the free program will help you to delete malware, PUPs, toolbars and browser hijackers that your system can be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the download is finished, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once setup is complete, you will see window like below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the EZupdater adware which cause intrusive ads to appear. This procedure may take quite a while, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified either as being malware.
Once the scan is finished, it’ll open a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been detected. Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now get rid of EZupdater ad-supported software that causes web browsers to show undesired pop up advertisements and add items to the Quarantine. After the cleaning process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your personal computer.
The following video explains few simple steps on how to delete browser hijacker, ‘ad supported’ software and other malicious software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Use AdwCleaner to get rid of EZupdater adware from web browser
If MalwareBytes anti-malware or Zemana anti malware cannot remove this adware, then we recommends to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for hijackers, PUPs, toolbars and EZupdater ad-supported software that causes a large number of unwanted popups.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: March 22, 2021
Once the download is finished, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the utility is launched, you will see a screen as shown below.
Further, click “Scan” button for scanning your machine for the EZupdater that reroutes your web browser to intrusive ad web sites. Once the scan get finished, it’ll show a scan report as shown below.
When you are ready, press “Clean” button. It will open a prompt as shown on the screen below.
You need to click “OK”. Once the process is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your machine. When your PC is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stay safe online
If you surf the Internet, you can’t avoid malicious advertising. But you can protect your browser against it. Download and use an ad-blocking program. AdGuard is an ad blocking that can filter out tons of of the malicious advertising, stoping dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
Installing the AdGuard adblocker program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen like below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions as shown on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop popup ads, as well as other harmful 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 desktop.
How did EZupdater ‘ad supported’ software get on your PC
The majority of ‘ad supported’ software come as a part of free applications or even paid applications which Web users can easily download online. The installers of such programs, most commonly, clearly indicate that they will install additional software. The option is given to users to block the installation of any third-party software. So, in order to avoid the setup of any ad supported software: read all disclaimers and install screens very carefully, choose only Custom or Advanced install method and uncheck all optional applications in which you are unsure.
To sum up
Now your personal computer should be clean of the EZupdater adware that causes lots of unwanted popup ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup advertisements and intrusive malicious web sites) and Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malicious software, hijackers 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 hijackers, malware and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove EZupdater adware from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.