What kind of software is Ad Avenger?
Ad Avenger is advertised as a program that blocks online advertisements, prevents trackers from profiling users, and restricts access to malicious pages. It is known that Ad Avenger is an advertising-supported program - it displays advertisements instead of blocking them.
Ad Avenger in detail
Ad Avenger generates advertisements that might open untrustworthy web pages. For example, various scams asking to provide personal information, download pages for browser-hijacking apps. Another reason not to click on those ads is that they could be designed to run specific scripts and download or install unwanted software.
|Name||Ads by Ad Avenger|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More details about Ad Avenger
It is also known that Ad Avenger can read and change all data on websites that users visit. It might be gathering personal information. Either way, Ad Avenger is not trustworthy. More examples of programs that generate revenue for their developers by displaying ads are Fast Dark, Rocket Speed Booster, Convert Files 4 Free.
How did adware install on my computer?
The installer for Ad Avenger is promoted on a deceptive website suggesting that users can use that installer to install important updates for the Google Chrome browser. It is also possible that Ad Avenger is distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs.
When users download or install programs without deselecting unwanted apps, they download or install those apps too. Typically, such apps can be deselected using "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings available in downloaders and installers. One more popular way to distribute PUAs is to trick users into clicking ads designed to run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download programs only from trustworthy (official websites). Do not use third-party downloaders, installers, P2P networks, unofficial pages, and similar sources, tools to download or install programs, files. Check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps (and deselect them) before downloading and installing programs.
Do not click on advertisements that show up on questionable, suspicious pages. 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 trick users into installing Ad Avenger:
Another website offering to download Ad Avenger:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Ad Avenger?
- 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.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 Ad Avenger 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 "Ad Avenger" and other suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by ad avenger, 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 ad avenger 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 ad avenger, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Software of this type can be the reason behind diminished web browsing experience, decreased computer performance, problems related to online privacy, Internet browsing safety.
What does adware do?
Usually, the main purpose of adware is to display intrusive advertisements. Pretty often, software of this type also can collect various information and hijack web browsers.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware is monetized by using it as a tool to promote various products, websites, services, etc. Typically, individuals or groups behind adware use affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Ad Avenger adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove Ad Avenger and other detected adware-type applications. It is worth mentioning that manual removal does not always work because various file leftovers remain in the system even if adware is no longer present. Thus, it is recommended to eliminate using specialized software.