Ardamax Keylogger removal instructions
What is Ardamax Keylogger?
According to the developers, Ardamax Keylogger is a keylogger that allows capture of users' activities by saving them to a log file. It records keystrokes, visited websites, chats and instant messages, clipboard contents, webcam and microphone activity. This is a legitimate program, but many cyber criminals use it to track users' activities by tricking them into installing the software unintentionally.
Once installed, this keylogger begins to gather various data mentioned in the introduction. Cyber criminals might also use the software to collect personal or sensitive details that they later use to generate revenue. Therefore, data might be shared, sold, or misused in other ways, thus leading to privacy problems, browsing safety issues, and even identity theft. This application is often installed by users inadvertently when 'bundled' with other software. Therefore, Ardamax Keylogger may have been installed together with other applications. Bundled apps often come in packs and it is likely that a browser hijacker or adware-type app was also installed. You are strongly advised to uninstall these apps immediately.
|Name||Ardamax keylogger virus|
|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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Having a keylogger installed (that is used by cyber criminals) might cause serious problems, as can potentially unwanted applications including browser hijackers and adware-type apps. Most bundled apps are installed inadvertently and generate revenue for their developers in a number of ways - in this case, by gathering data and sharing it with third parties.
How did Ardamax Keylogger install on my computer?
As mentioned, Ardamax Keylogger is commonly installed when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is stealth installation of various potentially unwanted applications with other third party software. Developers hide bundled applications/programs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other options of this type - they do this to make bundled apps more difficult to notice, and they do not disclose information about the presence of this software properly. An easy way for potentially unwanted applications to infiltrate is when users skip installation steps without checking settings/options.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download software using official and trustworthy sources, and not third party software downloaders/installers, torrents, or other similar sources. Furthermore, check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings and deselect unwanted offers/features when installing software, especially free products. Be cautious when clicking ads - avoid clicking intrusive ads. These usually seem legitimate, since developers (potentially, cyber criminals) invest time and money into their design. In fact, they might redirect you to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If you encounter redirects to untrustworthy websites, check your browser for any unwanted/unknown plug-ins, extensions, and add-ons and uninstall them. Also check installed programs on your computer. If your computer is already infected with Ardamax Keylogger, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of official Ardamax Keylogger 4.6 installer:
Screenshot of Ardamax Keylogger application:
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- What is Ardamax Keylogger?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Ardamax Keylogger application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Ardamax Keylogger adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ardamax Keylogger ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Ardamax Keylogger' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Ardamax Keylogger extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Ardamax Keylogger adware removal:
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 "Ardamax Keylogger", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Ardamax Keylogger ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Ardamax Keylogger adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Ardamax Keylogger did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 ardamax keylogger virus, 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 ardamax keylogger virus, 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ardamax keylogger virus 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 ardamax keylogger virus, 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 ardamax keylogger virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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