Ardamax Keylogger

Also Known As: Ardamax keylogger virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

Ardamax Keylogger removal instructions

What is Ardamax Keylogger?

According to its developers Ardamax Keylogger is a keylogger that allows users to capture the users activities by saving them into a log file. It is designed to record types keystrokes, visited websites, chats and instant messages, clipboard, webcam and microphone. It is a legitimate program, however, there are many cyber criminals who use it to track other user's activities by tricking them into installing this software unintentionally.

Ardamax adware

Once installed, it begins to gather various data that we mentioned in our introduction. It is possible that cyber criminals will use it to collect even more data that might consists some personal or sensitive data. Later, cyber criminals use this data to generate revenue. Which means user's data might be shared, sold or misused in some other way and that might cause various privacy, browsing safety issues, identity theft is a possible scenario as well. As a rule, if this application was not installed willingly, then most probably it was installed unintentionally - it was bundled into some other software. It is possible that Ardamax Keylogger was not the only application that got installed, since bundled apps often come in packs and it is likely that some browser hijacker or adware-type app got installed as well. It is strongly recommended to uninstall any of these apps as soon as possible.

Having a keylogger that is being used by cyber criminals might cause serious problems, as well as having potentially unwanted applications like the browser hijackers or adware-type apps that we mentioned earlier. Most of the bundled apps get installed unwillingly and are designed to generate revenue for their developers one way or another. In this case by gathering various data and/or sharing it with other third parties.

How did Ardamax Keylogger install on my computer?

As we mentioned before, Ardamax Keylogger, if not intentionally, then it usually gets installed when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is a stealth installation of various potentially unwanted applications within some other third party software. Developers hide bundled applications/programs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other options of this type, in other words, they do everything to make bundled apps more difficult to notice, they do not disclose information about presence of such applications properly. The easiest way to install some potentially unwanted application is to skip the installation steps without checking any of the mentioned settings/options, and that is actually how most users install such apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Always download software using official and trustworthy sources, and not some third party software downloaders (or installers), torrents or other similar sources. Moreover, always check what are the "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings and deselect unwanted offers/features when installing any software, especially free one. Be cautious when clicking ads - avoid clicking various intrusive ads. These usually look appropriate and legitimate and that is because their developers (potentially cyber criminals) invest money in their design. These ads might redirect you to some untrustworthy websites like gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. If you encounter redirects to various untrustworthy websites, then go and check your browser for any unwanted/unkwnown plug-ins, extensions or add-ons and uninstall them. Check what are the installed programs on your computer as well. If your computer is already infected with Ardamax Keylogger, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of official Ardamax Keylogger 4.6 installer:

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Screenshot of Ardamax Keylogger application:

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Quick menu:

Ardamax Keylogger 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.

Ardamax adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Ardamax Keylogger", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

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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".

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Optional method:

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.

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 Ardamax  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 Ardamax ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ardamax keylogger virus, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Ardamax 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Ardamax ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, 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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