Are you seeing unwanted Banner ads in the Chrome, MS Edge, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox every time you use the web browser to browse the Web? Then you need to know that your system has become a victim of adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). Adware looks the entire traffic generated by you and on this basis, it displays tons of intrusive banners, ads, deals and offers. Currently, this adware are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find free programs, download and install them on the system without proper attention to the fact that the adware can be installed onto the machine along with them. We suggest you to clean you system from adware and thereby remove Banner ads from your web-browsers.
The ‘ad supported’ software related to Banner ads can attack your personal computer’s internet browsers like the Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Maybe you approve the idea that the advertisements from it is just a small problem. But these intrusive Banner ads eat PC resources. The worst is, it be able to gather your browsing history and user information, including passwords and credit card numbers. In the future, your confidential information can be sold to third party companies.
The malicious apps from the adware family that modifies the settings of web-browsers usually affects only the MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox, IE and Chrome. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a web-browser’s shortcut file, so every time you start the browser, instead of your startpage, you will see the undesired Banner ads.
So, obviously, you need to remove the adware without a wait. Use the free steps below. This guide will help you clean your PC system of ad supported software and thereby get rid of the Banner unwanted advertisements.
How to remove Banner ads
We advise opting for automatic Banner ads removal in order to remove all ad-supported software related entries easily. This solution requires scanning the PC system with reputable anti malware, e.g. Zemana, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware or HitmanPro. However, if you prefer manual removal steps, you can use the guidance below in this blog post. Certain of the steps will require you to restart your personal computer or close this web page. So, read this tutorial carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Banner ads, complete the steps below:
- How to remove Banner advertisements without any software
- Banner ads automatic removal
- Use AdBlocker to stop Banner ads
- How to prevent Banner ads from getting inside your PC
- Finish words
How to remove Banner advertisements without any software
Most common adware may be uninstalled without any antivirus programs. The manual adware removal is tutorial that will teach you how to delete the Banner ads.
Uninstall suspicious applications using MS Windows Control Panel
First of all, check the list of installed software on your personal computer and remove all unknown and recently installed apps. If you see an unknown application with incorrect spelling or varying capital letters, it have most likely been installed by malicious software and you should clean it off first with malware removal tool like Zemana Anti-malware.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, click Windows button , then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of applications installed on your machine. Most likely, one of them is the ‘ad supported’ software related to Banner ads. If you have many software installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a questionable, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel as shown in the following example.
Once the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the following example.
You will see a list of software installed on your computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most likely, it is the adware that causes browsers to open unwanted Banner advertisements. If you’re in doubt, you can always check the application by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. After the program which you need to remove is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as displayed below.
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 PC system, it will show Banner ads. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all malicious tasks which have been created by malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This displays a prompt that titled as 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 shown on the screen below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC 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 unwanted apps, 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 on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by unwanted applications. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove Banner advertisements from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all internet browser startpage, newtab page and default search engine you need to reset the Microsoft Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your computer.
First, run the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as on the image below.
Once the procedure is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s new tab page, homepage and default search engine to default state.
Remove Banner ads from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If the Firefox web-browser is re-directed to Banner ads and you want to restore the Mozilla Firefox settings back to their original settings, then you should follow the tutorial below. It will keep your personal information like browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
Start the Mozilla Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re 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 in the following example.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the adware which cause annoying Banner ads to appear. After, it is done, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Banner ads from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the adware, malicious and adware extensions, as well as to recover the browser’s newtab, start page and default search engine that have been modified by adware that reroutes your web-browser to annoying Banner ads.
- First, start the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click 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 Chrome will show the reset settings dialog box as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Banner ads automatic removal
The adware may hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the adware again infect your personal computer. Moreover, We want to note that it’s not always safe to remove ad-supported software manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Windows operating system. The best solution to scan for and delete adware is to run free malicious software removal programs.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of Banner ads
We recommend you to use the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your personal computer of ad-supported software which causes unwanted Banner ads. Moreover, the utility will help you to remove PUPs, malicious software, toolbars and browser hijackers that your personal computer can be infected too.
Please go to the link below to download Zemana Anti-Malware. Save it on your Desktop.
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Update: July 16, 2019
After the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC. Double-click the setup file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Zemana AntiMalware on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button for scanning your PC for the ‘ad supported’ software responsible for redirecting your browser to Banner ads. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the Zemana program is scanning, you may see number of objects it has identified as threat.
After the system scan is done, you can check all threats found on your machine. Once you have selected what you wish to remove from your PC system click “Next” button. The Zemana Free will remove ad-supported software and move threats to the program’s quarantine. When finished, you may be prompted to reboot the personal computer.
Remove Banner ads and harmful extensions with Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro is a free program that designed to remove malware, PUPs, browser hijackers and ad supported software from your computer running Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7, XP (32-bit and 64-bit). It will help to identify and remove adware responsible for Banner ads, including its files, folders and registry keys.
Installing the HitmanPro is simple. First you will need to download HitmanPro from the following link. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Update: June 28, 2018
When downloading is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro desktop icon. When the tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Further, press “Next” button to perform a system scan for the ‘ad supported’ software that made to redirect your internet browser to Banner ads. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. After finished, HitmanPro will open a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found as on the image below.
When you are ready, click “Next” button. It will show a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button.
Automatically delete Banner ads with Malwarebytes
Get rid of Banner ads manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we advise you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malware, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and browser hijacker infections that your personal computer can be infected too.
Installing the MalwareBytes Free is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) by clicking on the link below.
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When the download is complete, close all applications and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup as displayed on the image below.
When the install begins, you’ll see the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Malwarebytes on your system.
Once install is finished, you’ll see window as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the adware responsible for redirects to Banner ads. This task can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan MalwareBytes will find threats present on your PC system.
When the scanning is complete, MalwareBytes will open a list of all items detected by the scan. In order to get rid of all items, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove adware and add threats to the Quarantine. When finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer.
The following video explains steps on how to remove hijacker, ad-supported software and other malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
Use AdBlocker to stop Banner ads
In order to increase your security and protect your machine against new annoying ads and harmful web pages, you need to run ad blocker program that blocks an access to harmful ads and websites. Moreover, the program may block the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of webpages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Visit the page linked below to download AdGuard. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- Once downloading is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the setup is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” 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 start your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-ups, stop Banner ads, 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 icon named AdGuard, that is located on your desktop.
How to prevent Banner ads from getting inside your PC
After completing the step-by-step guidance outlined above, your personal computer should be clean from this adware and other malware. The Internet Explorer, Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox will no longer open intrusive Banner ads when you surf the Net. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step tutorial 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 unwanted Banner advertisements.