Ads X In Google Search Results

Also Known As: "Ads X" advertisements
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Ads X In Google Search Results redirect removal instructions

What is Ads X In Google Search Results?

Google is legitimate and the most popular Internet search engine available. Millions of visitors arrive at this website each day to search for necessary information, however, some encounter intrusive advertisements marked as "Ads X". If you experience these ads, your computer is probably infected with an adware-type application. At time of research, "Ads X" advertisements were delivered by SearchAwesome adware, however, other applications might also generate them.

Ads X In Google Search Results pop-up

Adware is a type of deceptive application that feeds users with intrusive advertisements (e.g., coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.) and collects various sensitive information. Google itself allows web developers to advertise their websites, however, unlike ads delivered by adware, Google's advertisements lead only to legitimate websites. Therefore, advertisements marked as "Ads X" might lead to malicious sites and, therefore, clicking them can lead to high-risk computer infections. In addition, intrusive ads (such as "Ads X") move content down (or hide it ), thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In summary, you may see advertisements when using the Google search engine, however, those marked as "Ads X" are generated by adware-type applications, not Google itself. You can see an example of legitimate Google ads below. As mentioned, adware-type applications often record sensitive data such as geographic locations, IP addresses, keystrokes, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. This information usually includes personal details that adware developers share with third parties. These people (potentially, cyber criminals) misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking apps can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are advised to eliminate all adware-type applications immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name "Ads X" advertisements
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.
Removal

To eliminate Ads X advertisements our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
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There are hundreds of adware-type applications, all of which are very similar. By offering many "useful fetures", potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick unsuspecting users to install, however, remember that these apps are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Most provide no real value for regular users. Potentially unwanted applications pose a significant threat to your privacy and web browsing safety.

How did adware install on my computer?

A small percentage of PUAs have official download websites, however, most are distributed using "bundling" and "intrusive advertising" methods. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications together with regular software/apps. Developers do not adequately disclose installation of "bundled" applications. Therefore, all are concealed within various sections (usually "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users click advertisements and skip download/installation steps. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted applications - users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Remember that developers invest many resources into intrusive ad design, thereby making them seem legitimate, however, they often redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). If you see these ads, remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. In addition, carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior - the key to safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Deceptive free software installer promoting SearchAwesome adware:

SearchAwesome adware distributing installer

Sample of legitimate advertisements delivered by Google web search engine:

Legitimate ads in Google search results

Another example of Ads X advertisements displayed in Google search results:

Ads X advertisements in Google search results

Screenshot of a Easy Speedtest adware extension (in Google Chrome) displaying Ads X advertisements:

Easy Speedtest adware displaying Ads X advertisements in Google search results

Website promoting Easy Speedtest adware:

Easy Speedtest adware promoting website

Instant automatic removal of Ads X advertisements: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads X advertisements. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Ads X In Google Search Results adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Ads X In Google Search Results redirects, 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Ads X In Google Search Results ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing Ads X In Google Search Results ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "ads x" advertisements, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Ads X In Google Search Results  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Ads X In Google Search Results ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "ads x" advertisements, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Ads X In Google Search Results ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing Ads X In Google Search Results ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "ads x" advertisements removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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