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How to remove adware named Settings from the operating system

Also Known As: Ads by Settings adware
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What kind of software is named is Settings?

Settings is the name of an application that we have discovered after downloading software from a shady website and cracked software distribution page. During the analysis, we found that it runs in the Task Manager as "Settings software Copyright © 2021" (the process name may vary). The purpose of this application is to generate intrusive advertisements (it functions as adware).

Settings adware installation folder

Settings adware in detail

Settings adware bombards users with unwanted advertisements and possibly collects various data. Clicking on ads displayed by Settings can result in opening dubious pages (e.g., various scams, download sites for other shady apps). It is important to mention that adware can show ads designed to download/install unwanted apps.

Settings adware may gather browsing data or even personal information. If that is the case, its developers could misuse collected data to steal identities, hijack personal accounts, and for other purposes.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Settings adware
Threat Type Adware
Detection Names (Installer) Avast (Win32:DropperX-gen [Drp]), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Jaik.49613), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (Backdoor.Win32.Manuscrypt.h), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Settings.exe) CrowdStrike Falcon (Win/grayware_confidence_60% (W)), Gridinsoft (Adware.Win64.Gen.ca), Zillya (Adware.Alien.Win32.23), Full List (VirusTotal)
Process Name Settings software Copyright © 2021
Symptoms Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pages and pop-up ads, cracked software distribution pages, 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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More about the Settings adware general

Settings adware is distributed using deceptive methods. At the same time, it may be promoted as a useful, legitimate application. It runs as "Settings software Copyright © 2021" in the Task Manager and installs in the "User/AppData/Roaming/Settings" folder. If this application is installed on the operating system, it should be eliminated immediately.

More adware examples are Files Download Now, Text Info, and Frame Order.

How did Settings adware install on my computer?

Settings adware installs after following the instructions on a deceptive page and using the installer downloaded from a cracked software distribution page. Screenshots of these pages are provided below. This adware is distributed using deceptive methods.

Also, adware is often distributed via deceptive advertisements and downloaders/installers for other software. Software bundled with adware has "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings in its installer. Adware installs after installing that software without changing those settings.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download applications from official websites and platforms. Do not trust files and apps downloaded from shady pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources. Also, do not click on ads and notifications displayed by dubious sites. Deselect optional (unwanted) installations before 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.

Settings adware runs in the Task Manager as "Settings software Copyright © 2021":

settings adware running in the task manager as Settings software Copyright © 2021

Deceptive websites used for distribution of the Settings adware:

settings adware cracked software distribution website distributing adware.jpg settings adware shady website promoting adware

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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.

Settings 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 unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Settings 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 "Settings" or other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Settings adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by settings adware, 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 Settings 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 Settings adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by settings adware 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 settings adware, 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?

It can diminish the web browsing experience by covering website contents with ads. Also, it can slow down a computer, invade privacy, hijack a web browser by changing its settings, and (or) cause other issues.

What does adware do?

The purpose of adware is to feed users with unwanted advertisements (banners, coupons, pop-ups, and other ads).

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Typically, they monetize adware by participating in various affiliate programs to promote products, websites, or services.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Settings adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate adware. Using software like Combo Cleaner for removal eliminates all files and other components belonging to adware.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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