If your browser is being re-directed to the page called the Bawd.me offering install an questionable browser extension then it’s possible that your web browser has been infected with a PUP (potentially unwanted program) from the adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) category. This ad-supported software changes the Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer settings to open a huge count of annoying ads on all web pages, including pages where previously you ads have never seen. These advertisements can be varied: pop-up windows, boxes, in-text ads, different sized banners and so on. What is more, the adware, that opens the Bawd.me popups, can cause your Internet connection to be slow or freeze your web-browser so that the interface is not updated anymore.
The ad supported software responsible for redirects to Bawd.me, is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It is created with the sole purpose to display dozens of pop up, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. Moreover, the ‘ad supported’ software can substitute the legitimate advertising links on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit malicious web pages. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their pages, so the makers of ad supported software, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the makers of the adware receive income.
The adware usually infects only the Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge by changing the web-browser’s settings or installing a malicious addons. Moreover, possible situations, when any other browsers will be infected too. The ad-supported software will perform a scan of the PC system for web browser shortcuts and change them without your permission. When it infects the browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you start the web-browser, you will see the intrusive Bawd.me web-page.
Therefore it is very important to follow the steps below as quickly as possible. The guide will allow you to get rid of adware as well as clean your personal computer from the Bawd.me pop up. What is more, the steps below will help you remove other harmful software like undesired toolbars and browser hijackers, that can be installed onto system along with the adware.
Remove Bawd.me pop-ups
Fortunately, we’ve an effective solution that will help you manually or/and automatically get rid of Bawd.me from your internet browser and bring your web-browser settings, including home page, new tab page and search provider by default, back to normal. Below you’ll find a removal guide with all the steps you may need to successfully remove adware and its traces. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your internet browser or reboot your personal computer.
To remove Bawd.me, execute the following steps:
- How to manually delete Bawd.me
- Scan your personal computer and delete Bawd.me pop-ups with free utilities
- Block Bawd.me pop-up and other undesired web-sites
- How to avoid setup of Bawd.me redirect
- Finish words
How to manually delete Bawd.me
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Bawd.me pop-up from the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge and Mozilla Firefox.
Remove Bawd.me related applications through the Control Panel of your PC
First, you should try to identify and delete the program that causes the appearance of intrusive advertisements or browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
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 open the Windows Control Panel as displayed on the screen below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all applications installed on your personal computer. Scroll through the all list, and remove any dubious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort apps by date in the Control panel.
Disinfect the web-browser’s shortcuts to remove Bawd.me redirect
When installed, this adware that designed to redirect your web browser to various ad web pages like Bawd.me, may add an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut file for the Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and MS Edge. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will display an unwanted ad web-page.
To clear the browser shortcut, right-click to it and choose 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 such as “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be hijacked too.
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 start your computer, it will show Bawd.me unwanted web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all harmful tasks which have been created by unwanted apps.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This shows a prompt that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “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 PC. 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 is a component of the unwanted programs, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then press on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete as shown in the following example.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ programs. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove Bawd.me popups from Chrome
Use the Reset web-browser utility of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings such as default search provider, home page and newtab to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of browser redirects to unwanted ad web pages like Bawd.me.
- First, run the Google Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will show 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, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Bawd.me popups from Internet Explorer
The IE reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your browser, that installed by an malicious software.
First, launch the IE, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The IE will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of ad-supported software responsible for redirecting your browser to Bawd.me web site, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like newtab page, start page and search engine by default to default state.
Remove Bawd.me pop-ups from Firefox
The FF reset will keep your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data, restore preferences and security settings, remove redirects to undesired Bawd.me site and adware.
Launch the Mozilla Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will open the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the adware that causes annoying Bawd.me pop up. After, it is done, click the “Finish” button.
Scan your personal computer and delete Bawd.me pop-ups with free utilities
Many antivirus companies have designed apps that allow detect adware and thereby remove Bawd.me from the Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and IE web browsers. Below is a a few of the free applications you may want to run. Your computer can have a lot of PUPs, adware and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we advise, if any unwanted or malicious program returns after rebooting the personal computer, then launch your PC system into Safe Mode and use the anti-malware tool once again.
Remove Bawd.me pop ups with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your machine of the ad-supported software. The utility is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Zemana lab. It’s able to help you remove PUPs, hijackers, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and ad-supported software that causes tons of undesired Bawd.me pop-ups.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of Zemana Anti-Malware for Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Once the download is done, close all software and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup like below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) on your PC system.
Once installation is done, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) tool will begin scanning the whole PC to find out ad-supported software which reroutes your browser to unwanted Bawd.me page. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana Free is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
Once Zemana Free completes the scan, Zemana will open a list of all items detected by the scan. 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 press “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will start to remove adware related to Bawd.me redirect.
Remove Bawd.me popup with Malwarebytes
Manual Bawd.me popup removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the ad-supported software can be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer of adware. Moreover, the free application will allow you to get rid of malware, PUPs, browser hijackers and toolbars that your machine can be infected too.
Installing the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) is simple. First you’ll need to download MalwareBytes on your Microsoft Windows Desktop from the link below.
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Update: April 15, 2020
Once the download is finished, close all software and windows on your machine. Double-click the set up file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes Free on your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is complete successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen like below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the adware related to Bawd.me pop ups. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient.
Once MalwareBytes Free has completed scanning, a list of all threats found is created. 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 click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will begin to get rid of ad supported software that responsible for web-browser reroute to the unwanted Bawd.me web-site. Once the cleaning process is complete, you may be prompted to restart the machine.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes to remove adware, hijacker and other malicious software.
Run AdwCleaner to delete Bawd.me pop-ups from web-browser
The AdwCleaner utility is free and easy to use. It can check and delete malicious software, potentially unwanted applications and adware in Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, MS Edge and Mozilla Firefox internet browsers and thereby remove all unwanted Bawd.me pop up. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of harmful registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
Installing the AdwCleaner is simple. First you will need to download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: March 22, 2021
Download and run AdwCleaner on your PC. Once started, click “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the ‘ad supported’ software which causes unwanted Bawd.me popups. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your computer and the speed of your computer. .
Once the scanning is finished, a list of all threats found is created. Once you’ve selected what you want to get rid of from your computer, press Clean button.
All-in-all, AdwCleaner is a fantastic free tool to free your system from any undesired programs. The AdwCleaner is portable program that meaning, you do not need to install it to use it. AdwCleaner is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows XP to Windows 10. Both 64-bit and 32-bit systems are supported.
Block Bawd.me pop-up and other undesired web-sites
The AdGuard is a very good ad-blocker program for the Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox, with active user support. It does a great job by removing certain types of undesired advertisements, popunders, pop ups, intrusive newtab pages, and even full page advertisements and page overlay layers. Of course, the AdGuard can block the Bawd.me popup automatically or by using a custom filter rule.
Click the following link to download the latest version of AdGuard for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When the download is done, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure 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 as displayed on the screen below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your machine, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-ups, web sites such as Bawd.me, as well as other malicious or misleading 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, that is located on your desktop.
How to avoid setup of Bawd.me redirect
Most often, the freeware installer includes optional applications like this adware which causes intrusive Bawd.me popups. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way – is to choose a Custom, Advanced or Manual installation type. Here disable all additional programs in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you do not need to install any optional applications which you do not trust! The only one thing I want to add. Once the freeware is installed, if you uninstall this software, the unwanted Bawd.me pop up will not be removed. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the step-by-step guidance above.
After completing the step-by-step guide outlined above, your machine should be clean from this adware and other malicious software. The Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, FF and Edge will no longer show intrusive Bawd.me web-page when you surf the Web. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step guidance does not help you, then you have caught a new ‘ad supported’ software, 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 intrusive Bawd.me popup.