Ads.diamonds redirect removal instructions
What is ads.diamonds?
ads.diamonds is categorized as rogue website. As with many websites of this type (notification-browser.com, crtmatix.com, artnewsupdate.info, etc.), it redirects visitors to other untrustworthy sites. In most cases, users arrive at ads.diamonds unintentionally - potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) force redirects to it. Most users install PUAs without their knowledge. In addition to redirects, PUAs deliver intrusive ads and gather information.
Once installed, potentially unwanted applications use browsers to open new windows/tabs and force users to visit ads.diamonds, which then redirects them to other (typically two or three) untrustworthy/potentially malicious sites. There is a high probability that one of these websites will be malicious. Therefore, users could end up having their computers infected with high-risk infections. Unwanted redirects are not the only negative aspect of PUAs. Users might also notice intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, pop-ups, surveys, etc.) that are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. When clicked, these ads usually redirect users to potentially malicious/untrustworthy sites or run scripts that download and install other PUAs. In addition, most PUAs collect data including IP addresses, geolocations, keystrokes, search queries, and URLs of visited websites that are being targeted. This information is used to generate revenue by sharing it with third parties (potentially cyber criminals). PUAs also collect personal or sensitive information that is misused and, thus, users might encounter privacy issues or even identity theft. Uninstall these apps 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)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is possible to download/install potentially unwanted applications from their official websites, however, in most cases, users install PUAs inadvertently via clicked intrusive ads or together with other software. To trick users into downloading PUAs, software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This is used to stealthily install potentially unwanted applications with regular software. Developers hide PUAs in "Custom"/"Advanced" and other similar sections of the installation processes. Information about these installations is not properly disclosed. Furthermore, many users rush installations/skip installation steps without checking settings, thus having PUAs installed inadvertently.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download software from legitimate, official, and trustworthy websites or other sources. Do not use third party software downloaders or torrent clients. Handle software installations with care - do not finish any installation without checking all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the installation processes. Do not leave any checkbox unticked that indicates your approval to install potentially unwanted applications. In summary, opt-out of all unwanted offers/extras and only then finish the installation. Bear in mind that intrusive ads (usually developed by cyber criminals) may seem legitimate, but are often malicious and cause unwanted redirects to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. If you clicked an ad of this type and it opened a suspicious website, close it immediately and check for unknown or unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser, and programs installed on your computer. Remove them as soon as you have located them. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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- What is ads.diamonds?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes ads.diamonds 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:
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 ads.diamonds pop-up, 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 "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads.diamonds pop-up, 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 ads.diamonds pop-up 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 ads.diamonds pop-up, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads.diamonds pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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