About This Ad virus is an unpleasant adware infection used by Cyber criminals to earn cash through ads displayed to users on infected computers. The About This Ad malware can get into a computer through several ways, once it is in, it will get installed as a browser plugin app. Then About This Ad virus will start displaying unwanted advertisements to the infected computer user. You,ll see those annoying ads by “About This Ad” on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, google and almost every legit website you visit. And the reason for displaying such adverts is the money, the eprson behind About This Ad virus earns cash from third-parties for promoting their content to you. Besides this, “About This Ad” malware will spy on infected computer and records user`s browsing history so it could display ads relevant to a user`s interests. We highly recommend immediate removal of About This Ad virus to prevent the further harms.
Disadvantages and risks of having “About this ad” virus:
- It may change & corrupt default settings of browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Internet explorer
- Changes home page and displays unwanted pop-ups advertisements
- Causes frequent web redirects to wrong websites, hijacks search engine settings and leads to unexpected webpages
- Keeps record of browsing activities and interests
- Collects Personal user information which may include sensitive financial data such as logins, usernames, accounts
- It may bring further infections are direct the user to infectious sites
- Makes the browser run slow, uses a big part of system resources
Want to get rid of Browser Hijack “About this ad” virus?:
To manually remove “About this ad” virus, follow the instructions.
First of all, Uninstall the program. (Skip to the next step if the application is not listed in Control Panel).
“Start > Settings > Control Panel. Now Locate and open “Add or Remove Programs” or “PROGRAMS AND FEATURES”. Find “”About this ad” virus”. Now click Uninstall/Remove.
Now remove the program from Browser.
Internet Explorer users:
Click “Tools” (if on Internet Explorer 9, click gear icon), Then “Manage Add-ons”. Look for “About this ad” virus. Disable if found any.
Block “About this ad” virus pop-ups
To stop pop-ups from malware,
Click on TOOLS > POP-UP BLOCKER, then click TURN ON POP-UP BLOCKER. and then go to POP-UP BLOCKER SETTINGS. (Type any website you wish to block popups from)
Go to “Tools” (at the top), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable “”About this ad” virus”
Click “Tools/Settings” (Wrench incon), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable any file associate with malware.
Still Spyware “About this ad” virus lurking in the system? Remove manually
Stop processes of this malware:
Open Task Manager to stop processes.
Remove associated registry settings:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” = ’0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced “ShowSuperHidden” = 0
Delete “About this ad” virus infected files:
Have you tried methods above but still malware not removed? Then try Restoring your computer to an earlier state.
Click Start menu > All Programs > System Tools > System Restore
Start menu > Backup and Recover > Recover System
“About this ad” virus removal tool
Alternatively, you are advised to use the removal tool below to get rid of this malware infection.
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