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.
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:
Screenshot of Ardamax Keylogger application:
Instant automatic removal of Ardamax keylogger virus:
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 Ardamax keylogger virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- 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 (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:
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 plugins 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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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