Have you become that your browser randomly shows Adult sites or Adult ads? This means that your system can be infected with an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) which created in order to display lots of various advertisements including unwanted Adult sites and advertisements. Currently, this ‘ad supported’ software are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find free programs, download and install them on the computer without proper attention to the fact that the adware can penetrate into the computer along with them.
The step-by-step guide below will help you to clear your personal computer from adware that opens various Adult ads or redirects the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge to unwanted Adult sites.
Technically, the adware is not a virus, but it does bad things, it can show a lot of pop-up ads including Adult ads. It may download and install on to your PC other malicious and unwanted programs without your permission, force you to visit misleading, malicious and Adult web-sites. Moreover, the ad supported software can install internet browser hijacker. Once installed, it will rewrite your web browser setting such as new tab, home page and search provider by default with an unwanted site.
The malicious programs from the ad supported software family that alters the settings of internet browsers usually affects only the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a web browser’s shortcut, so every time you open the internet browser, instead of your homepage, you will see an undesired Adult site.
The instructions below explaining steps to remove and block any Adult sites and ads. Feel free to use it for removal of the adware that may attack FF, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge and other popular web-browsers. The instructions will help you delete ‘ad supported’ software and thereby clean your internet browser from all intrusive Adult ads.
Remove Adult ads (removal steps)
In the few simple steps below we will have a look at the ad supported software and how to remove Adult ads from Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge web-browsers for Microsoft Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal tools. Certain of the steps will require you to reboot your system or exit this web-page. So, read this guidance carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to remove Adult ads without any software
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to delete the Adult advertisements from the Firefox, Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge web-browsers.
Delete suspicious software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
First method for manual adware removal is to go into the MS Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of applications on your personal computer and see if there are any suspicious and unknown software. If you see any, you need to delete them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Net search to find details on the application. If it is a potentially unwanted program, adware or malware, you will likely find information that says so.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, click the Windows button , then press Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
It will display the Windows Control Panel as displayed below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all programs installed on your personal computer. Scroll through the all list, and remove any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Remove Adult sites redirect from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the adware, harmful and adware extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s newtab page, home page and search engine by default that have been modified by ad-supported software that cause intrusive Adult pop up ads to appear.
- First launch the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is finished, your web-browser’s start page, newtab page and default search provider will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Adult redirect from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all web browser newtab, homepage and search provider by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as displayed on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your PC for the changes to take effect.
Remove Adult pop-up advertisements from Firefox
Resetting your FF is good initial troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser program, including the redirect to Adult sites.
First, run the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, press the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the image below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Clean up the browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by adware
After the adware is started, it can also change the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the web browser, it will show an undesired Adult site.
Open the properties of the web browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of infected web-browser and choose the “Properties” option and it’ll show the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field as displayed on the screen below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts that have been modified by adware usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as shown in the figure below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks like …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as displayed below.
In order to fix a shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been altered by adware.
|Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Internet Explorer||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is done, click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all internet browsers which are rerouted to the Adult web sites.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If an unwanted Adult site or Adult ads 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’ application.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This shows a dialog box that called 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 below.
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 computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this malicious task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the malicious programs, 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 in the figure 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.
Adult pop-up ads automatic removal
The adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the ‘ad supported’ software that causes multiple annoying Adult ads once again infect your personal computer. Moreover, We want to note that it is not always safe to get rid of ad supported software manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Microsoft Windows operating system. The best way to detect and remove adware is to run free malware removal programs.
How to automatically get rid of Adult advertisements with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware highly recommended, because it can detect security threats such ad supported software and ad supported softwares that most ‘classic’ antivirus software fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any Adult pop-up ads removal problems which cannot be fixed by this utility automatically, then Zemana Anti-malware provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
Download Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) from the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When the download is finished, close all windows on your machine. Further, start the setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like below, press the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) on the PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is done successfully, Zemana will automatically start and you can see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti-Malware tool will start scanning the whole computer to find out ad supported software that causes internet browsers to show unwanted Adult pop-up ads. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete.
After the checking is finished, a list of all threats found is produced. Next, you need to press “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will remove adware which developed to redirect your web-browser to various Adult sites and move items to the program’s quarantine. Once that process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your system.
How to automatically remove Adult ads with Malwarebytes
You can remove Adult pop-up ads automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal tool because it can easily remove hijackers, adware, PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download MalwareBytes Anti Malware by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the downloading process is complete, close all applications and windows on your computer. Double-click the install file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware on your PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is finished successfully, press Finish button. MalwareBytes Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes AntiMalware tool will begin scanning the whole computer to find out ‘ad supported’ software that causes a ton of annoying Adult popup ads. Depending on your machine, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes Anti Malware application is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
After that process is finished, you can check all threats detected on your PC. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will begin to remove ad supported software that causes lots of unwanted Adult ads. After disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the PC.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes to delete ad supported software, browser hijacker and other malware.
Use AdwCleaner to remove Adult pop-up ads
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It can check and remove malware, potentially unwanted applications and ad supported software in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web-browsers and thereby get rid of all annoying Adult advertisements. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove harmful registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
Download AdwCleaner tool on your Microsoft Windows Desktop from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 28, 2022
After the download is complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as displayed in the figure below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to open the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” to start checking your machine for the adware which causes undesired Adult pop-up advertisements. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the AdwCleaner tool is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
Once the system scan is complete, you may check all threats found on your system as shown below.
Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove ad-supported software that causes intrusive Adult advertisements and add items to the Quarantine. Once the cleaning process is finished, the utility may ask you to restart your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to block Adult sites
We suggest to install an ad blocker program that can stop a redirect to Adult sites and other unwanted web pages. The ad blocking utility such as AdGuard is a program which basically removes advertising from the World Wide Web and stops access to malicious web pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad-blocker software is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Net.
Download AdGuard application on your Windows Desktop from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When downloading is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is done, you will see a window like below.
You can click “Skip” to close the setup program 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 personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block advertisements, Adult sites, as well as other malicious or misleading web-sites. 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 may be found on your desktop.
How does your PC system get infected with Adult pop up ads
To sum up
After completing the tutorial shown above, your machine should be clean from adware that developed to redirect your internet browser to unwanted Adult sites. The Google Chrome, FF, MS Edge and IE will no longer display Adult ads. Unfortunately, if the guidance does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.