Ads by AdChoices, how to remove guide
AdChoices is an advertisement application. It is designed to show users different adverts, coupons, deals, discounts and so forth. This is a legit program and before owners of AdChoices application adding advert in their database, they are checking them on any malicious links and viruses. Unfortunately, this is not enough for some viral advert to sneak in. Some of these ads could be potentially viral and lead to malicious websites. Also, AdChoices program attaches to your default browser as an extension without your permission. These are main reasons why we consider this extension as an adware and a potentially unwanted program.
Although this is not a malicious program and most of the adverts are legit, some may cause far more problems than you can handle. That is why we advise you to remove AdChoices extension from your PC as soon as possible. Check our removal guide below.
How to remove AdChoices adware extension?
There are two ways to remove AdChoices extension. You can use our Manual removal guide for AdChoices adware extension if you consider yourself capable of doing it. But then you will be responsible for all the unexpected consequences and outcomes.
If you think you could break something, we advise you to use a specific removal tool, developed by GridinSoft. This tool is able to locate and remove AdChoices extension and a lot of other malicious programs in your system. Support this product and you will help us make the internet a little better.
Automatic removal guide for AdChoices adware extension:
If you decided to use the removal tool, all you need to do is to follow the next steps:
Step 1. Download and install AdChoices removal tool from the link below.
The installation process is quite simple, you can choose the language you prefer most, before the process itself. After, you can choose the exact path where anti-virus will be installed. Press “Next” button to proceed and installation process will begin.
Step 2. Run the scan of your PC.
NOTE: Before you start to scan your computer, CLOSE ALL ACTIVE BROWSER WINDOWS on this time.
After the installation, start the program. Every time when you run this anti-virus it will start an automatic standard scan of your computer. You will have 5 seconds to cancel the scan if you don’t need it. Otherwise, the scan will begin. There are other ways to start scan manually. Just Press on “Scan” tab and than left-click on “Standard scan” or another kind of scan you need.
After the start of scanning process you will see the screen with progress bar and alerts, that will show you what kind of malware Trojan Killer found during the scan and the exact location of it.
Step 3. Apply actions to AdChoices adware extension infected files.
When the scanning process of your PC will be finished, Trojan Killer will show you all threats that were found on your PC and a list of actions, that you can Apply to them. First, you can select what kind of action you want to Apply to this malware. Then, press “Apply” button to produce action and delete all threats.
Step 4. Reset you browser settings.
NOTE: This operation will close all instances of selected browsers. Any unsaved changes will be lost. Please, save all work in progress before you continue.
When you eliminated AdChoices adware extension as a program, we strongly recommend you to reset your browser settings. For that, you can go to “Tools” tab and press “Reset browser settings” button.
You will see the window with options. You can choose what Internet browser and the exact options you want to reset.
How to prevent the AdChoices infection:
Removing the malware from your PC is a good thing. But it doesn’t mean that you will be protected from the repeated infection. The best way to deal with this malware is to not get infected in the first place. If you want to prevent the infection follow the simple tip below:
- Do not install free applications from unreliable websites!
- If you did download this kind of program, select custom installation and remove any tick in the checkbox that seems questionable.
- Use an anti-virus software on your PC.
- Scan your Computer at least once a week.
Also, you can activate the Real-time protection in Trojan Killer anti-virus. To do that, go to the “Protection” tab and press “Start” button to the right of the label.
If you consider yourself a skilled user, you can try to delete this adware on your own. We must remind you when you eliminate adware manually, all the unexpected consequences and risks are lying on you and you alone. So let’s begin!
Manual removal guide for AdChoices adware extension:
Removing AdChoices should be your main concern. First, you must delete this add-on as a software from your PC. Right after cleaning all of the folders you’ll be able to begin cleaning up the web browser. Before removing AdChoices pop-ups, it’s necessary to totally reset the web browser. If you still thinking about manual removal of AdChoices malware, follow these steps below:
Step 1. Remove AdChoices from your PC.
To delete AdChoices adware extension from your computer, you can find the “Uninstall the program” tool on your Operation System.
- Windows 8/8.1: Right-click on Start – Quick Access Menu – Control Panel – Uninstall a program. You will see the list of programs and software, that is installed on your PC. Find “AdChoices”, click on it and press ‘Uninstall”
- Windows 7: Click on Start – Control Panel – Uninstall a program. You will see the list of programs and software, that is installed on your PC. Right-click on “AdChoices” and press ‘Uninstall”.
- Windows XP: Click on Start – Control Panel – Add/Remove Programs. Similar windows with the list of programs will show you. Right-click on “AdChoices” and press “Remove”
Step 2. Browser setting reset guide
After you removed the AdChoices adware extension you will need to reset browser settings. To do it, follow the tips below:
- If you have Google Chrome Browser go to the “Settings” tab and press “Show advanced settings”. In the bottom of the page click in “Reset settings” button.
- For the Mozilla Firefox press the “Refresh Firefox” button in the right top corner.
- Opera users can reset settings by deleting “Operapref.ini file” in folder “C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\”.
- For Internet Explorer users open “Tools” menu, then click “Internet options”. In the next window click “Advanced” button and then press “Reset”.
If the manual removal guide didn’t work for you or it worked with unwanted consequences we strongly recommend you to install the automatic AdChoices removal tool and follow the steps from Automatic removal guide for AdChoices adware extension. You can find this guide higher. Use the link below to download the particular tool.
We hope this guide helped you with your problem. If you have any questions about AdChoices adware extension or you have some thoughts about viruses, that you’d liked to share, please, leave a comment below. We will be happy to assist you.
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