Chrome adware becomes a major problem in 2017
Chrome adware is a potentially unwanted and ad-supported software that serves advertisements via the most popular web browser – Google Chrome. Ads in the popular web browser can appear in the form of pop-ups, banners or in-text links. Another issue that bothers users of compromised computers is browser redirections that interfere with browsing and prevent the user from reaching desired websites quickly.
Other problems associated with the installation of the adware are continuous system slowdowns, lags, and crashes. Interestingly, adware for Chrome has become a rising problem not only for Windows but Mac users as well. Although earlier users of the Mac OSX weren’t that interested in adware removal guides, the need of these has increased over the past year.
Also, the majority of ad-supported programs might infringe your privacy without letting you know – they tend to employ various tracking technologies to collect as much data about the user and his interests as possible. In the majority of cases, adware on Chrome steals following types of data:
- Technical information regarding user’s device, including software used, other third-party software installed on the computer, operating system type;
- IP address;
- Web pages the user visits;
- Offerings and advertisements the user views;
- Clickstream data;
- Search queries;
- Time and date of searches and similar.
However, more critical ad-supported programs might try to steal sensitive data such as e-mail address in order to serve sponsored content directly to user’s Inbox. It is important to remove ads, pop-ups and other issues from Chrome before the problem becomes uncontrollable.
Types of Chrome ads
Typical Chrome ads. The most common adware programs simply display pop-up ads offering various “savings” and “deals” regarding different products and services. Once installed, such adware injects ad-serving scripts into victim’s web browsers or establishes additional files and settings on the system to start using a web browser for ad serving.
The consequence of installing such program is a simply worse performance of the computer as it continuously uses CPU to load particular ads on the computer screen. The most prevalent variants of ad-supported Google Chrome virus are DNS Unlocker, Terrific Shopper, Linkury SmartBar and Linkey.
Chrome redirect adware. Chrome redirect virus is an annoying computer program that might try to serve you ads via one of the most common advertising domains such as bigpicturepop.com, adprohub.com, trackingclick.com, and others.
Once the victim’s browser loads one of these domains with a particular ad ID, the user gets redirected to external sites that usually serve ads promoting rogue security software, adult content or gambling sites. Interaction with such pages poses a significant risk of infecting the system with spyware or malware or merely losing sensitive data on unprotected domains.
Phishing ads in Chrome. You might be dealing with a “phishing” type of malware on Chrome if you notice suspicious alerts about your computer system appearing in the form of pop-ups. Usually, these pop-ups have a line at the top of them, saying “This site says…”
The most prevalent versions of tech support scam virus (a type of adware for Chrome) are known as “Error #268D3” virus, “Error: 0x8007042C” virus, “Your computer is in blocked state” scam. In the majority of cases, these ad-supported malware forms tell the victim that the system is experiencing certain and very dangerous problems that need to be solved immediately.
To solve the problem, the victim has to contact scammers via a provided “toll-free” number. However, scammers simply want to swindle money or sensitive information. Pop-up ads caused by such type of malicious adware are hard to close.
Although sometimes it can be hard to remove malware from Chrome, it is important to do it without any delays. Deceptive ads appearing on your screen is probably the last thing computer users want to deal with on a daily basis.
Besides, you or your relatives can be lured by eye-catching deals and offers, although attempts to view them can cause redirects to highly dangerous websites. For this reason, an immediate Chrome adware removal is required. Since there are hundreds of different adware types, we strongly recommend using software like Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner for removal of the unwanted software.
In case you are interested in manual removal option, consider using instructions prepared by our experts. You can find these (along with screenshots) right below the article. Use the guidelines to remove Chrome adware from Windows or Mac with ease.
Distribution of adware and ways to protect your PC
- In the majority of cases, adware for Mac or Windows infects computers without revealing its presence. It happens because these potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) choose the most efficient software distribution technique known as software bundling.
This method allows packing software products together in one installer and this way force unwanted programs into user’s computer with ease. To avoid installation of bundled products, we recommend unchecking extra options provided in Custom/Advanced installation settings. Of course, you have to select one of these installation options first.
- You may also install some adware for PC or Mac if you agree to get programs advertised via aggressive pop-up ads. You can encounter these during your visits to not-so-trustworthy web pages. Try to avoid suggestions to install various extensions or plug-ins while exploring gaming, gambling, or video-streaming sites.
- Finally, avoid installing illegal software (or cracking them) as they often come with unwanted additions that can instantly compromise or even replace your Google Chrome browser with deceptive versions such as eFast, Chromium virus or others.
Remove Chrome ads instantly
If you cannot remove Chrome ads manually, consider using automated software that is capable of detecting fake and deceptive programs on your system. Install a reliable anti-spyware software and identify what kind of spyware is lurking on your system. Removing it will prevent you from experiencing unwanted redirects, pop-up ads, and system slowdowns daily.
Chrome adware removal can be completed without using anti-malware software, but it requires more time and patience. Detecting and eliminating the threat sending you various third-party ads can be hard as these programs usually hide behind multiple names and meddle with system settings to avoid detection and continue serving ads daily. However, we believe that the guide provided below will help you to get rid of the ads on Chrome problem once and for all.
You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.
To remove Chrome adware, follow these steps:
Uninstall Chrome in Windows systems
Windows computer users should start looking for questionable programs such as DNS Unlocker, QKsee, Settings Manager, Linkey or other unwanted applications. To uninstall them, the victim has to access Control Panel using the guidelines provided below.
- Go to Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, open Add/Remove Programs).
- If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open Quick Access Menu. Then click Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program.
Remove Chrome and programs related to it
Now, take a look at the list of programs and find Chrome or other programs that you do not remember installing.
- Right-click on these programs and select "Uninstall." Then click OK to save changes.
Uninstall Chrome in Mac OS X system
To remove malware from Chrome Mac, you should firstly check what applications are installed on your computer. Once you remove all of them, start cleaning the browser.
- Users who use OS X should click on Go button, which can be found at the top left corner of the screen and select Applications.
- Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Chrome or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Delete Chrome from Google Chrome
To fix Chrome, go to chrome://extensions and here look for suspicious entries to delete. After deleting all of them, reset your browser.
Remove malicious extensions
Launch Google Chrome, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Tools → Extensions.
- Now, look for Chrome and other suspicious extensions and then click the trash icon to remove them.
- Open Chrome menu and go to Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
- In Search Engines..., configure default search engine settings. Remove untrustworthy ones. We advise you to leave only Google or another reputable website of your choice.
Reset all Google Chrome settings
Open menu by clicking the button at the top right corner of Google Chrome, and go to Settings.
- Scroll down to find Reset browser settings button. Click on it.
- Click Reset to approve this action and finish Chrome removal.