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How to remove the Ad Block Ultra adware

Also Known As: Ads by Ad Block Ultra
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What kind of application is Ad Block Ultra?

We have discovered the Ad Block Ultra application on a website offering faster web browsing with no advertisements (including ads on YouTube, Facebook, news sites, and many more). During our analysis, we noticed that this app generates its own advertisements. Thus, we concluded that Ad Block Ultra is an advertising-supported application.

Ad Block Ultra adware

More about the Ad Block Ultra application

Ad Block Ultra displays annoying pop-ups, banners, coupons, and other ads. It may show ads used to promote shady applications (download pages for those apps), various scams, and other shady websites. Moreover, clicking those ads may cause unexpected downloads or installations.

It is worth mentioning that apps of this kind can promote fake search engines (hijack web browsers) by changing the settings of the affected browsers. Fake search engines cannot be trusted because they can generate misleading results and display results generated by untrustworthy search engines.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Ad Block Ultra
Threat Type Adware
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)

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Unwanted applications in general

Applications like Ad Block Ultra often are distributed and promoted using deceptive techniques. Thus, most users download and install them unknowingly. Also, they can be used to collect information about users. If Ad Block Ultra is already installed on a browser, then we strongly advise removing it as soon as possible.

More examples of adware-type apps are Dark It Online, Dark-View, Blocksly.

How did adware install on my computer?

The Ad Block Ultra application has its official website. However, it is worth knowing that adware is often bundled with other software. It is included in downloaders and installers as an additional offer. Adware gets installed after finishing software installation without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings presented in its installer.

In some cases, adware gets downloaded/installed through deceptive ads or fake pop-ups displayed by dubious websites. Either way, most users download or install adware unintentionally.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Do not click advertisements and fake "Download" (or similar) buttons appearing on shady websites. Download applications and files from legitimate sources such as official pages. Always use direct download links. Do not use unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc., as sources for downloading software.

Deselect unwanted applications included in downloaders/installers before downloading/installing software. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Download pages for the Ad Block Ultra adware:

Ad Block Ultra adware-promoting website (sample 1) Ad Block Ultra adware-promoting website (sample 2) Ad Block Ultra adware-promoting website (2022-05-26)

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.

Ad Block Ultra adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 Ad Block Ultra adware using Combo Cleaner:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Ad Block Ultra adware 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 "Ad Block Ultra" (or other recently-installed suspicious browser add-on) and remove it.

Removing Ad Block Ultra adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by ad block ultra, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Ad Block Ultra adware 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Ad Block Ultra adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by ad block ultra 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by ad block ultra, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Having adware installed on your computer and (or) web browser can diminish the web browsing experience, slow down a computer, invade privacy, and (or) cause unwanted redirects.

What does adware do?

The purpose of adware is to display various advertisements. In some cases, adware can hijack web browsers and (or) collect information about users.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

In most cases, they use adware to promote various websites, products, services, etc. It is common for adware to be monetized using affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Ad Block Ultra adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all installed adware. It is worth mentioning that files or other components belonging to adware may remain in the system after the manual removal. Thus, it is recommended to use specialized apps like Combo Cleaner for removal.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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