JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) from the adware family. The adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) is a form of unwanted software that can show lots of popup advertisements without a user’s permission. Moreover, JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A can redirect the internet browser on harmful and misleading pages. The guidance below will assist you to remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A from the Windows 10, 8, 7, XP.
The JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It’s created with the sole purpose to display dozens of pop up advertisements, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open web browser window. JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A is designed to fill the internet browser’s constant stream of advertisements, or redirect the browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web sites.
The adware such as JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A usually affects only the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and MS Edge by changing the web browser’s settings or installing a malicious addons. Moreover, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The ad supported software will perform a scan of the machine for internet browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you run the web-browser, you will see an unwanted web-page.
Instructions that is shown below, will help you to clean your computer from the JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A as well as remove any undesired pop up advertisements from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge and other web-browsers.
Remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A from Windows 10 (8, 7, XP)
There are a few methods which can be used to remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A ad-supported software. But, not all potentially unwanted software like this ad supported software can be completely deleted using only manual methods. Most often you are not able to uninstall any ‘ad supported’ software using standard Windows options. In order to remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A ‘ad supported’ software you need complete a few manual steps and use reliable removal utilities. Most IT security experts states that Zemana, MalwareBytes or AdwCleaner utilities are a right choice. These free programs are able to find and remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A from your computer and return your internet browser settings to defaults.
How to manually get rid of JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A
Most common ad-supported software may be removed without any antivirus programs. The manual ad supported software removal is guide that will teach you how to remove the JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A ad-supported software.
Remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A related programs through the Control Panel of your system
In order to get rid of potentially unwanted software such as this adware, open the Microsoft Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed applications. 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, delete them off. Even if they are just a software 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, click 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 show the Windows Control Panel as on the image below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all programs installed on your personal computer. Scroll through the all list, and remove any suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you launch your computer, it will display an annoying page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all malicious tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This displays 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 displayed in the following example.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your system. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this harmful task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ application. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Clean up the browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by adware
When installed, this adware may add an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Due to this, every time you launch the internet browser, it will show an annoying ad web-page.
Right click on the shortcut of infected browser as displayed in the figure below.
Select the “Properties” option and it will open a shortcut’s properties. Next, press the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field like below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all internet browsers which are redirected to unwanted sites.
How to automatically remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A ad-supported software
Many antivirus companies have designed software that allow detect ‘ad supported’ software and thereby remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A from Windows 10 (8,7, XP). Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to use. Your system may have a lot of PUPs, adware and hijackers installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or harmful program returns after restarting the PC system, then boot your personal computer into Safe Mode and use the anti-malware utility once again.
How to remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A adware with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend you to use the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your computer of JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A which causes unwanted pop-up ads. Moreover, the tool will help you to remove PUPs, malware, toolbars and browser hijackers that your PC may be infected too.
Download Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) on your machine by clicking on the following link.
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After the downloading process is complete, close all programs and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup like below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will allow you set up Zemana Free on your personal computer.
Once installation is done, you will see window like below.
Now click the “Scan” button for scanning your computer for the JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A adware that causes unwanted popup ads. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted programs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
After the system scan is done, Zemana AntiMalware will open a screen that contains a list of malware that has been found. In order to remove all items, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will delete JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A ad-supported software that causes web browsers to open undesired popup ads and add threats to the Quarantine.
How to automatically remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A with Malwarebytes
Remove JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your machine. Moreover, the free program will help you to get rid of malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and hijackers that your computer can be infected too.
- Please download MalwareBytes by clicking on the following link.
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Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will show the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When downloading is done, please close all software and open windows on your machine. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) onto your machine. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Free will open and open the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button .MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) program will scan through the whole system for the JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A adware that redirects your web browser to undesired ad web-pages. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes utility is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
- After the scan get finished, MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will display a list of found threats.
- Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click the “Quarantine Selected” button. Once the cleaning procedure is done, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
- Close the Anti Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Scan and free your computer of adware with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your PC system for JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A that causes a ton of undesired popup advertisements, potentially unwanted applications and hijackers and allows remove them easily. Moreover, it’ll also allow you remove any harmful browser extensions and add-ons.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Update: July 23, 2020
After the downloading process is done, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. After the utility is started, you will see a screen as displayed in the following example.
Further, click “Scan” button for checking your machine for the JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A which redirects your internet browser to intrusive ad web-pages. This task may take quite a while, so please be patient. After the scanning is finished, AdwCleaner will show a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found as shown in the figure below.
Review the results once the tool has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt as on the image below.
You need to click “OK”. Once disinfection is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your PC system. When your system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stay safe online
We advise to install an ad blocker application that may block unwanted and malicious ads. The ad-blocking utility like AdGuard is a application that basically removes advertising from the Internet and blocks access to malicious sites. Moreover, security experts says that using ad blocking software is necessary to stay safe when surfing the World Wide Web.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop.
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Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is complete, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown 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 tutorial like below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop up ads, as well as other malicious 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 can you prevent the JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A ad supported software
Many software made to show a large number of undesired advertisements within your system’s web browser. So, when you installing freeware, carefully read the disclaimers, select the Custom or Advanced setup mode to watch for optional applications that are being installed, because some of the software are potentially unwanted programs like this JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A that causes browsers to show unwanted popups.
After completing the instructions above, your personal computer should be clean from JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A and other malicious software. The Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer will no longer show unwanted web sites when you surf the Internet. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the undesired JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A adware.