Have you tried to open a well-known web page and realized that your browser is rerouteing to Thesterminator.com? If you answered ‘Yes’ then it is possible that your computer has become a victim of the adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The ad-supported software is a type of harmful software that alters your computer’s web browser settings so that you’ll be often redirected to various undesired ads. Follow the few simple steps below immediately It’ll clean your personal computer from the ad supported software and thus get rid of intrusive Thesterminator.com redirect. Moreover, the steps will help you to protect your machine from more harmful viruses and trojans.
The adware that responsible for the appearance of Thesterminator.com advertisements, is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, changes browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can install additional web-browser extensions and modules that will inject advertising links within the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install web browser hijacker that once started, will change the web-browser’s home page and search provider. Even worse, the ad supported software can be used to gather lots of your privacy info such as what web-sites you are opening, what you are looking for the World Wide Web and so on. This personal info, afterwards, may be used for marketing purposes.
Most often, the adware affects the most common internet browsers like the Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. But such the harmful software as well may affect another browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the browser, it will redirect to the intrusive Thesterminator.com page. Even if you setup a new startpage, an intrusive web page will be the first thing you see when you launch the FF, Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
It’s important, do not use Thesterminator.com web site and don’t click on advertisements placed on it, as they can lead you to a more harmful or misleading pages. The best option is to use the tutorial posted below to clean your PC system of ad-supported software and thus get rid of Thesterminator.com pop ups.
How to remove Thesterminator.com redirect
As with uninstalling adware, malware or potentially unwanted apps, there are few steps you can do. We recommend trying them all. If you do only one part of the instructions, then it should be run malicious software removal utility, because it should get rid of adware and block any further infection. But to completely remove Thesterminator.com ads you’ll have to at least reset your browser settings like newtab page, home page and default search engine to default state, disinfect personal computer’s web browsers shortcuts, uninstall all unwanted and suspicious software, and remove ad-supported software with malware removal tools. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit this page. So, please read the guidance carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Thesterminator.com, perform the steps below:
- How to manually get rid of Thesterminator.com
- Remove ‘ad supported’ software through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Remove Thesterminator.com pop ups from Firefox
- Remove Thesterminator.com redirect from Chrome
- Remove Thesterminator.com pop-ups from Internet Explorer
- Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts which have been infected by adware
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- Scan your computer and remove Thesterminator.com redirect with free utilities
- Stop Thesterminator.com pop up advertisements and other intrusive pages
- How can you prevent your PC from the attack of Thesterminator.com pop-ups
- To sum up
How to manually get rid of Thesterminator.com
These steps to remove Thesterminator.com pop-up advertisements without any programs are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step guide completely to fully delete this adware responsible for Thesterminator.com redirect.
Remove ‘ad supported’ software through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
The process of adware removal is generally the same across all versions of Microsoft Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it’s necessary to check the list of installed apps on your PC and uninstall all unused, unknown and questionable apps.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter like below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the following example.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as on the image below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (MS Windows 7 or Vista) as shown below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and remove all questionable and unknown applications. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. After you’ve found anything dubious that may be the adware that causes lots of annoying Thesterminator.com pop-up ads or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then choose this application and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the questionable program blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully delete it from your computer.
Remove Thesterminator.com pop ups from Firefox
If your FF web-browser is rerouted to Thesterminator.com without your permission or an unknown search provider displays results for your search, then it may be time to perform the browser reset.
First, launch the Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, click the Help button () as displayed in the following example.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the adware responsible for Thesterminator.com pop up ads. Once, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Thesterminator.com redirect from Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the internet browser’s settings such as home page, newtab and search engine that have been replaced by the ‘ad supported’ software which cause unwanted Thesterminator.com popup ads to appear.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Chrome main menu again, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as displayed in the figure below and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove Thesterminator.com pop-ups from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all browser newtab page, default search provider and startpage you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, start the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The IE will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. It will remove ‘ad supported’ software that causes a huge number of annoying Thesterminator.com pop ups, disable malicious and ad-supported web browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like search engine by default, newtab page and home page to default state.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts which have been infected by adware
Now you need to clean up the web-browser shortcut files. Check that the shortcut file referring to the right exe-file of the internet browser, and not on any unknown file.
To clear the browser shortcut file, right-click to it and select 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 like “http://site.address” that 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 web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the intrusive Thesterminator.com 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 that have been created by malicious application.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will display 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 displayed on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “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 is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further click 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 unwanted apps. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Scan your computer and remove Thesterminator.com redirect with free utilities
AntiMalware software differ from each other by many features such as performance, scheduled scans, automatic updates, virus signature database, technical support, compatibility with other antivirus programs and so on. We advise you use the following free software: Zemana, MalwareBytes Free and Hitman Pro. Each of these programs has all of needed features, but most importantly, they can identify the adware and get rid of Thesterminator.com advertisements from the Firefox, Edge, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of Thesterminator.com pop up ads
We suggest you to run the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your machine of ‘ad supported’ software responsible for redirections to Thesterminator.com. Moreover, the tool will allow you to get rid of PUPs, malware, toolbars and hijackers that your machine can be infected too.
Download Zemana by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop.
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Once the download is done, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the screen below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana AntiMalware on your personal computer.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as displayed below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana program will scan through the whole computer for the ad-supported software which cause intrusive Thesterminator.com advertisements to appear. Depending on your system, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will search for threats exist on your computer.
After the scanning is finished, Zemana will prepare a list of undesired and adware. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware will delete ad supported software that causes browsers to display annoying Thesterminator.com pop ups.
Use Hitman Pro to remove Thesterminator.com ads
Hitman Pro is a completely free (30 day trial) utility. You don’t need expensive solutions to delete adware responsible for Thesterminator.com pop-up ads and other shady apps. HitmanPro will uninstall all the unwanted apps like adware and browser hijackers at zero cost.
- Installing the Hitman Pro is simple. First you will need to download HitmanPro on your personal computer by clicking on the following link.
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- Once downloading is complete, run the HitmanPro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the HitmanPro window, click the “Next” to perform a system scan for the adware responsible for redirections to Thesterminator.com. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your machine and the speed of your PC system.
- Once finished, a list of all threats found is created. When you’re ready, press “Next”. Now, click the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to delete all malicious software found.
Get rid of Thesterminator.com popup ads with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer of the ad supported software. The free tool is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you remove undesired Thesterminator.com advertisements from your web browsers, PUPs, malicious software, browser hijackers, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
- Visit the page linked below to download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. Save it on your Desktop.
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- Once the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, click the “Scan Now” button to search for adware related to Thesterminator.com pop up ads. This process may take some time, so please be patient. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted applications are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete.
- When the system scan is finished, MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will produce a list of undesired and adware. Once you’ve selected what you want to remove from your system click “Quarantine Selected”. When finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC system.
The following video offers a guide on how to get rid of browser hijackers, ‘ad supported’ software and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Free.
Stop Thesterminator.com pop up advertisements and other intrusive pages
It’s important to run adblocker programs such as AdGuard to protect your computer from malicious pages. Most security experts says that it is okay to stop ads. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop Thesterminator.com and other intrusive web sites.
Please go to the following link to download AdGuard. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is done, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow 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 start your machine, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, Thesterminator.com redirect, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent your PC from the attack of Thesterminator.com pop-ups
To sum up
Now your PC system should be free of the adware responsible for redirecting your web browser to Thesterminator.com web site. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop-up advertisements and unwanted malicious pages) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your machine for new ad-supported softwares and other malicious software). 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 Thesterminator.com ads from the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.