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How to remove SkipTheAdz adware and the advertisements it displays

Also Known As: Ads by SkipTheAdz
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is SkipTheAdz?

While inspecting dubious software promoting websites, our research team discovered the SkipTheAdz browser extension. This piece of software promises to skip advertisements automatically (e.g., YouTube ads). However, SkipTheAdz displays adverts instead (operates as adware). Furthermore, this browser extension has data tracking abilities.

SkipTheAdz adware asking for permissions

SkipTheAdz adware overview

Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons, and other ads) on visited websites and/or different interfaces.

These advertisements promote untrustworthy/harmful sites and software, online scams, and even malware. Additionally, some intrusive adverts can make stealthy downloads/installations upon being clicked.

Note that any genuine products encountered via these ads are unlikely to be endorsed by their developers. Instead, this promotion is undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.

It is noteworthy that advertising-supported software may require specific conditions to deliver intrusive ad campaigns (e.g., compatible browser/system or user geolocation, visits to particular websites, etc.). However, regardless of whether SkipTheAdz displays advertisements - its presence on a system endangers device/user safety.

What is more, SkipTheAdz spies on users' browsing activity. Adware usually targets: browsing and search engine histories, personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials, credit card numbers, and so on. The gathered data can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

In summary, the presence of software like SkipTheAdz on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SkipTheAdz
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) SkipTheAdz
Supposed Functionality Automatic ad skipping
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, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Adware examples

Can I locate itRapid Files DownloadWeb Ad BlockFit Video Display - are merely a few examples of adware. Advertising-supported software typically appears legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with various "useful" features, which are rarely operational.

How did SkipTheAdz install on my computer?

We acquired SkipTheAdz from its "official" promotional webpage. Additionally, adware is commonly endorsed through scam sites.

Websites promoting this software are typically accessed via redirects caused by pages using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, intrusive ads, or installed adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).

Intrusive advertisements proliferate advertising-supported software as well. Once clicked on, some of these adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.

Adware can also be bundled (packed together) with regular programs. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We strongly recommend researching software and downloading only from official/verified channels. When installing, it is crucial to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all supplementary apps, tools, features, etc.

We advise exercising caution when browsing since illegitimate and malicious content usually appears innocuous. For example, intrusive adverts look harmless yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.).

In case of encounters with advertisements and/or redirects of this kind, check the device and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with SkipTheAdz, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshots of the websites used to promote SkipTheAdz adware:

Website promoting SkipTheAdz adware 1 Website promoting SkipTheAdz adware 2

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Quick menu:

SkipTheAdz 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.

SkipTheAdz adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "SkipTheAdz", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes SkipTheAdz ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove SkipTheAdz adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove SkipTheAdz adware using Combo Cleaner:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing SkipTheAdz  ads 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 "SkipTheAdz", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing SkipTheAdz ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by skiptheadz, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing SkipTheAdz ads 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 "SkipTheAdz".

Removing SkipTheAdz ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by skiptheadz 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 skiptheadz, 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?

Adware can decrease browsing quality and system performance. It typically has data tracking abilities, which make this software a privacy threat. Furthermore, adware-delivered advertisements can be deceptive/malicious and cause severe issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).

What does adware do?

Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It enables the placement of ads on visited sites and/or other interfaces. This software may also be capable of force-opening webpages and gathering private information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware generates most of the revenue via affiliate programs by promoting various websites, software, products, services, and so forth. The developers may earn commission from ad clicks, webpage visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove SkipTheAdz adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate installed adware-type apps. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be ideal. In some cases, even after the adware itself has been (manually) removed - since various file leftovers stay hidden within the system. What is more, such components can continue running and causing issues. Hence, it is crucial to remove adware thoroughly.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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