AdFreeVision adware removal instructions
What is AdFreeVision?
AdFreeVision is described by its developers as the best extension for blocking advertisements on YouTube. Ironically, this app not blocks ads but generates them. It is noteworthy that adware is a type of software that can be designed to gather browsing-related and other information. It is common for advertising-supported software to be distributed by its developers in deceptive ways. Therefore, most users download and install applications like AdFreeVision unknowingly, unintentionally. Apps that users download without intention to do so are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Usually, adware-type applications like AdFreeVision display annoying, often deceptive advertisements. It is common that by clicking on those ads users open questionable websites or allow those ads to run certain scripts designed to download or even install unwanted software. A couple of examples of ads that apps like AdFreeVision serve are banners, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, or other advertisements. Ads displayed by adware should not be trusted/clicked. Another issue with many adware-type applications is that they collect browsing-related information. For example, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, Internet Protocol addresses. It is known that there are apps of this type capable of accessing sensitive data. For example, credit card details, passwords. Collected sensitive information could be misused to steal identities, personal accounts, make unauthorized purchases, transactions, or monetized in other ways. It is strongly recommended not to have apps like AdFreeVision installed and remove any installed adware as soon as possible.
|Name||Ads by AdFreeVision|
|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, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Video Explorer, YoutubeToMP3, and BookLot are examples of other potentially unwanted applications classified as adware. Like AdFreeVision, other apps of this type tend to be advertised as useful too. Nevertheless, it is very common that these apps are useless and can cause various issues (besides feeding users with unwanted, annoying advertisements). As mentioned in the first paragraph, most users download and install adware and other PUAs inadvertently.
How did adware install on my computer?
In some cases, adware-type applications and other apps of this kind are distributed through deceptive advertisements by designing them to run certain scripts. Users cause unwanted downloads, installations after clicking on those ads. Another popular method to distribute potentially unwanted apps is to include them in downloaders and installers as additional offers. Usually, those offers can be found in their settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or other similar settings, or alongside some checkboxes. The same settings (or checkboxe) can be used to decline unwanted offers. However, not all users check and change those settings. By leaving them unchanged, users download or install not only the desired software but also all the additionally included apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Applications should not be downloaded (or installed) using questionable channels, for example, Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients), unofficial websites, third-party downloaders, third-party installers, etc. It is because such channels can be used as tools to distribute various PUAs, malicious applications. Therefore, files and programs should be downloaded only from official pages and via direct links. Furthermore, download and installation processes should not be finished without checking settings like "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings. Quite often, downloaders and installers that have those settings are bundled with potentially unwanted apps. Advertisements that appear on shady pages should be avoided. It is recommended not to trust those ads because they tend to open other shady pages and sometimes cause undesired downloads, installations. Suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a web browser should be uninstalled right away. The same should be done with software of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive website used to promote AdFreeVision:
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- What is AdFreeVision?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
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 AdFreeVision 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 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 (e.g., "AdFreeVision") and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by adfreevision, 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 by adfreevision 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 by adfreevision, 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.
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 by adfreevision, 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.
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 by adfreevision from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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