If you find an unknown program that named SystemTools.exe on your computer then it is a sign that your machine is infected with malicious software from the adware family. The adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) is a form of unwanted software that can open tons of ads without a user’s permission. Moreover, it can redirect the web browser on malicious and misleading web pages. Also, if you seeing that the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer tries to load an unknown page, when you try to open a long-known page, then you do not need to wait! Press the stop button in web browser’s address bar. You need to follow the few simple steps below and clean your machine from SystemTools.exe adware as soon as possible. It’ll assist you to remove redirect to annoying ads and other unwanted web sites.
Technically, the adware is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates tons of popups. It may download and install on to your PC system other malicious and unwanted programs without your permission, force you to visit misleading or malicious web-sites. Moreover, the adware can install web-browser hijacker. Once installed, it will modify your internet browser setting such as new tab, homepage and search provider by default with an unwanted web site.
The adware can change the settings of the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge, but often that a malicious software such as this can also infect all types of browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time launch the browser to see unwanted advertisements.
Table of contents
- What is SystemTools.exe
- Remove SystemTools.exe virus
- How to get rid of SystemTools.exe virus without any software
- SystemTools.exe virus automatic removal
- Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
- How to avoid installation of SystemTools.exe virus
- Finish words
Therefore it’s very important to follow the step-by-step tutorial below as soon as possible. The step by step instructions will assist you to remove SystemTools.exe as well as clean your personal computer from the all unwanted ads. What is more, the step by step guidance below will allow you delete other malicious applications like unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate into PC system along with the virus.
Remove SystemTools.exe virus
We can assist you remove SystemTools.exe from your Windows OS, without the need to take your computer to a professional. Simply follow the removal steps below if you currently have the annoying adware virus on your computer and want to delete it. If you’ve any difficulty while trying to delete the SystemTools.exe adware which reroutes your internet browser to annoying ad sites, feel free to ask for our assist in the comment section below. Some of the steps below will require you to close the web-page. So, please read the steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to get rid of SystemTools.exe virus without any software
The useful removal tutorial for the SystemTools.exe adware. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to get rid of SystemTools.exe adware virus let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, press Windows button , then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as displayed in the following example.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the figure below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your computer. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop-up advertisements and web-browser redirect to the intrusive ad web sites. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful applications by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel as displayed on the screen below.
Once the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as on the image below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of pop-up advertisements and web browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. After the program which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as displayed in the figure below.
Fix infected internet browsers shortcuts
When installed, the adware such as SystemTools.exe may add an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. Due to this, every time you start the web-browser, it will open an annoying ad web-page.
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 “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, press OK . You need to clean all web browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If an unwanted web page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks which have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will open a prompt which 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”, as shown 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, click 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 remove 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 press 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.
SystemTools.exe virus automatic removal
Many antivirus companies have made software that help detect virus and thereby remove any unwanted ads from the Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge internet browsers. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to use. Your PC system can have a ton of potentially unwanted software, ad supported software and hijackers installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or harmful application returns after rebooting the system, then start your computer into Safe Mode and use the anti malware tool once again.
Delete SystemTools.exe virus with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your PC of the adware virus. The utility is an advanced malware removal application developed by (c) Zemana lab. It is able to help you remove PUPs, hijackers, malware, toolbars, ransomware and SystemTools.exe virus which reroutes your internet browser to undesired ad sites.
Now you can install and use Zemana Free to remove SystemTools.exe from your computer by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) setup file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your system.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Start the installer after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this utility on your computer.
During installation you can change certain settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When install is finished, this malicious software removal utility will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window like below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the SystemTools.exe adware virus that causes a ton of undesired advertisements. When a malware, adware or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
When the system scan is done, Zemana Free will show you the results. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will get rid of SystemTools.exe virus that cause undesired pop-up advertisements to appear and move items to the program’s quarantine. After the cleaning procedure is done, you can be prompted to restart your machine to make the change take effect.
Automatically delete SystemTools.exe adware virus with Malwarebytes
Get rid of SystemTools.exe virus manually is difficult and often the adware virus is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and hijacker infections that your PC system can be infected too.
- Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
- Once downloading is finished, close all programs and windows on your machine. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is complete, click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes Free utility will start scanning the whole system to find out SystemTools.exe adware which created to redirect your internet browser to various ad web pages. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan MalwareBytes will detect all threats exist on your computer.
- As the scanning ends, a list of all items detected is produced. In order to remove all threats, simply press “Quarantine Selected”. When that process is complete, you can be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video offers a steps on how to delete browser hijacker infections, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
Use AdwCleaner to remove SystemTools.exe adware from web browser
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility that can check your PC for a wide range of security threats like malware, adware viruss, PUPs as well as SystemTools.exe adware that designed to reroute your web-browser to various ad pages. It will perform a deep scan of your computer including hard drives and Windows registry. After a malicious software is detected, it will help you to get rid of all found threats from your PC system with a simple click.
Download AdwCleaner from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 28, 2022
Once downloading is complete, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the tool is opened, you will see a screen like below.
Further, click “Scan” button for scanning your computer for the SystemTools.exe virus that causes multiple annoying advertisements and pop-ups. After the checking is finished, AdwCleaner will display a list of all threats found by the scan as displayed in the figure below.
Next, you need to click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt as shown below.
You need to click “OK”. After the clean-up is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. When your PC is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
If you surf the Internet, you can’t avoid malvertising. But you can protect your internet browser against it. Download and run an ad-blocking application. AdGuard is an ad blocking that can filter out a large amount of of the malvertising, stoping dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
Download AdGuard program from the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After the download is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. After the installation is complete, you will see a window as displayed in the following example.
You can click “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or click “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 run your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and block ads, as well as other harmful 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, that is located on your desktop.
How to avoid installation of SystemTools.exe virus
These days certain free applications authors bundle third-party applications which could be adware such as this virus, with a view to making some money. These are not free software as install an unwanted programs on to your Windows system. So whenever you install a new free program that downloaded from the Net, be very careful during install. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), select custom or manual setup mode, uncheck all additional applications.
Now your personal computer should be clean of the SystemTools.exe adware virus which redirects your web browser to undesired ad sites. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup ads and unwanted malicious web-sites) and Zemana AntiMalware (to periodically scan your PC system for new adware viruss and other malware). 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 SystemTools.exe from the Windows OS, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.