What is AdsKeeper?
AdsKeeper is a legitimate advertising network, however, research shows that it is used by various potentially unwanted adware-type programs (PUPs). These applications often infiltrate systems without users' permission. Following successful infiltration, adware generates intrusive online advertisements ( AdsKeeper ads), and collects various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.
Adware-type applications employ a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, banner, full-page, and other similar ads. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, third party advertisements often conceal underlying content of visited websites, thereby significantly diminishing users' Internet browsing activity.
Although AdsKeeper network provides legitimate advertisements, other ads generated by adware might redirect to malicious websites. Therefore, clicking them is risky and can result in further computer infections.
In addition, adware-type applications often record various information (for example, IP addresses, browser/operating system type, unique identifier numbers, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, geo-locations, language settings, mouse and keyboard activity, etc.) that will contain personally identifiable details.
The data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app on your system might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. All adware-type applications should be uninstalled immediately.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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The Internet is full of adware-type applications that falsely claim to enhance Internet browsing by providing a number of 'valuable functions'. MySafeSavings, ArcadeCookie, and HDWallpaper are just some examples among hundreds.
By offering useful functions, adware attempts to give the impression of legitimacy, however, research shows that these applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any significant value for regular users, adware collects personally identifiable information, delivers intrusive ads, and often causes unwanted browser redirects.
How did adware install on my computer?
Adware is often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software/apps. Developers know that users often rush and skip most/all of the download and installation steps.
Therefore, hiding bundled programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings is very effective - users who skip this section often install bogus programs inadvertently. In doing so, they expose the system to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Installation of PUPs can be prevented by carefully analyzing the download/installation processes and declining all offers to download or install additional programs. Always select the "Custom/Advanced" settings, closely observe each step, and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Bundled software is often rogue and, thus, should never be installed.
Website of AdsKeeper advertising network:
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- What is AdsKeeper?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the adskeeper ads, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the adskeeper ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with adskeeper ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the adskeeper ads, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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