Every time, when you surf the World Wide Web with your internet browser the Distero.com web site keeps annoying you? Then you need to know that an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) was installed on your PC system. The adware can end up on your PC in various methods. Most often is when you download and install freeware and forget to uncheck the box for the third-party programs installation. Don’t panic because we have got the solution. Here’s a steps on how to delete annoying Distero.com pop up ads from the Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer and Firefox and other browsers.
It’s not a good idea to have an unwanted application such as the adware that causes a large number of unwanted Distero.com pop-up advertisements. The reason for this is simple, it doing things you don’t know about. Even worse, the adware can be used to gather a wide variety of confidential info that can be later sold to third party companies. You don’t know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely don’t know what will happen when you click on any Distero.com advertisements.
Most often, the adware hijacks the most common browsers such as the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge. But such the malicious software as well may hijack another web-browsers by modifying its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web browser’s shortcut). So every time you start the web browser, it will redirect to the annoying Distero.com web site. Even if you setup a new home page, an unwanted web site will be the first thing you see when you run the Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge.
The instructions below explaining steps to remove Distero.com redirect problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the ‘ad supported’ software that may attack Chrome, Microsoft Edge, FF and Internet Explorer and other popular browsers. The step by step tutorial will allow you delete adware and thus clean your web browser from all annoying ads.
How to remove Distero.com redirect
Fortunately, we’ve an effective method which will help you manually or/and automatically delete Distero.com from your web browser and bring your internet browser settings, including search provider, new tab page and startpage, back to normal. Below you’ll find a removal instructions with all the steps you may need to successfully delete ad supported software and its traces. Certain of the steps will require you to reboot your personal computer or shut down this web-page. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Distero.com, follow the steps below:
- How to manually delete Distero.com
- Delete potentially unwanted software using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- Delete Distero.com from Firefox by resetting browser settings
- Remove Distero.com pop-ups from Chrome
- Remove Distero.com popup ads from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the web-browser’s shortcuts to remove Distero.com redirect
- Remove Distero.com pop-up ads with freeware
- Stop Distero.com advertisements and other undesired web-pages
- How to Distero.com ads get installed onto personal computer
- Finish words
How to manually delete Distero.com
Most common ad-supported software may be deleted without any antivirus software. The manual ad-supported software removal is steps that will teach you how to remove the Distero.com pop-ups.
Delete potentially unwanted software using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
It is of primary importance to first identify and delete all potentially unwanted applications, adware programs and hijackers through ‘Add/Remove Programs’ (Windows XP) or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 10, 8, 7) section of your Microsoft Windows Control Panel.
Make sure you have closed all browsers and other software. Press CTRL, ALT, DEL keys together to open the Microsoft Windows Task Manager.
Click on the “Processes” tab, look for something questionable that is the adware that made to reroute your web-browser to various ad pages like Distero.com then right-click it and select “End Task” or “End Process” option. Most often, malware masks itself to avoid detection by imitating legitimate MS Windows processes. A process is particularly suspicious: it’s taking up a lot of memory (despite the fact that you closed all of your programs), its name is not familiar to you (if you’re in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for its name in Google, Yahoo or Bing).
Next, uninstall any unknown and suspicious apps from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Choose “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of software installed on your personal computer. Most likely, one of them is the ad supported software responsible for redirects to Distero.com. Choose the questionable program or the application that name is not familiar to you and uninstall it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in MS Windows, choose “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, select “Uninstall a program”.
Select the questionable or any unknown programs, then click “Uninstall/Change” button to uninstall this undesired program from your machine.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Select an unwanted program, then press “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ‘ad supported’ software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your computer, it will display Distero.com annoying site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all malicious tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will display a prompt 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, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the following example.
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 in the following example.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious applications. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Delete Distero.com from Firefox by resetting browser settings
If your Firefox web-browser is rerouted to Distero.com without your permission or an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the browser reset.
First, open the Mozilla Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press the Help button ().
In the Help menu press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed in the following example.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Distero.com pop-ups from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the hijackers, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the browser’s search provider, homepage and newtab page that have been modified by adware that cause intrusive Distero.com ads to appear.
- First, launch the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see 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.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Distero.com popup ads from Internet Explorer
The IE reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your internet browser, that installed by an malicious software.
First, open the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then press the “Internet Options” as displayed below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown on the screen below.
Once the task is finished, press “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your PC for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s startpage, newtab and default search provider to default state.
Disinfect the web-browser’s shortcuts to remove Distero.com redirect
Now you need to clean up the web-browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut file referring to the right exe-file of the web browser, and not on any unknown file.
Right click on the shortcut of infected web-browser as shown below.
Select the “Properties” option and it’ll open the shortcut file’s properties. Next, click the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown in the following example.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web-browsers which are redirected to the Distero.com intrusive web site.
Remove Distero.com pop-up ads with freeware
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 applications and so on. We recommend you use the following free programs: Zemana Free, MalwareBytes Free and HitmanPro. Each of these programs has all of needed features, but most importantly, they can identify the ad supported software and remove Distero.com ads from the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
How to automatically remove Distero.com popup advertisements with Zemana Anti-malware
You can delete Distero.com pop ups automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-malware. We advise this malware removal utility because it can easily delete hijackers, PUPs, ad-supported software that redirects your web-browser to Distero.com web-page with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Now you can install and run Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) to delete Distero.com redirect from your web browser by following the steps below:
Please go to the link below to download Zemana setup package called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your computer. Save it to your Desktop.
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Run the installation package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this utility on your computer.
During install you can change some settings, but we recommend you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is done, this malicious software removal utility will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as displayed in the following example.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the ad supported software related to Distero.com pop ups. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour.
Once Zemana has finished scanning your PC, Zemana Free will display a scan report. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will begin to remove ad supported software that causes multiple undesired ads. When the task is done, you may be prompted to reboot your system to make the change take effect.
Remove Distero.com redirect and harmful extensions with Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro is a free removal tool that can check your machine for a wide range of security threats like malware, adwares, potentially unwanted applications as well as ad-supported software that responsible for the appearance of Distero.com redirect. It will perform a deep scan of your PC including hard drives and Microsoft Windows registry. Once a malware is found, it will help you to get rid of all found threats from your machine by a simple click.
- Click the link below to download HitmanPro. Save it to your Desktop.
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Update: June 28, 2018
- When the downloading process is finished, run the Hitman Pro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the Hitman Pro window, click the “Next” to perform a system scan with this tool for the adware responsible for redirects to Distero.com. Depending on your PC, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the utility is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- After that process is done, Hitman Pro will show a list of found items. When you are ready, click “Next”. Now, press the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to remove all malicious software found.
Run Malwarebytes to get rid of Distero.com pop up ads
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system of the ‘ad supported’ software. The free tool is an advanced malware removal program made by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you remove undesired Distero.com redirect from your internet browsers, PUPs, malicious software, hijackers, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your machine for free.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of MalwareBytes for MS Windows. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 25, 2019
When the download is complete, close all programs and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your personal computer.
Once installation is done, you’ll see window like below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to find adware which causes unwanted Distero.com popup advertisements. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) utility is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified as being affected by malware.
After the scan get completed, MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will create a list of undesired and adware. 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 press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove ad-supported software which reroutes your internet browser to undesired Distero.com site. Once the task is finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer.
The following video explains few simple steps on how to get rid of hijacker infection, adware and other malware with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
Stop Distero.com advertisements and other undesired web-pages
If you browse the Internet, you cannot avoid malvertising. But you can protect your browser against it. Download and run an ad blocking program. AdGuard is an ad-blocker that can filter out a lot of of the malicious advertising, stoping dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
Download AdGuard on your computer from the link below.
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Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed in the following example.
Follow the prompts. Once the setup is finished, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the setup 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 launch automatically and block popups, Distero.com redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading websites. 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 to Distero.com ads get installed onto personal computer
Now your PC should be clean of the adware that responsible for web-browser redirect to the intrusive Distero.com web site. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popups and annoying malicious pages) and Zemana Anti Malware (to periodically scan your PC system for new malicious software, hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for MS Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new hijacker infections, malicious programs and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Distero.com popup advertisements from your web browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.