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How to eliminate Strength adware and the advertisements it displays

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

What is Strength adware?

While inspecting scam webpages, our researchers discovered one promoting the Strength rogue application. After analyzing this app, we determined that it operates as advertising-supported software (adware).

Strength adware installation folder

Strength adware overview

Adware is designed to deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns (i.e., display ads on visited websites and/or other interfaces). These adverts promote online scams, unreliable/harmful sites and software, and even malware. Some intrusive advertisements are capable of making downloads/installations without user consent - upon being clicked.

It has to be mentioned that any legitimate products encountered through these ads are most likely endorsed by scammers abusing their affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.

Furthermore, even if Strength (or other advertising-supported software) does not display adverts - its presence endangers device/user safety regardless. Adware might not run intrusive ad campaigns if the browser/system or user geolocation is incompatible, specific websites are not visited, etc.

Most adware-type apps collect private data, and this is likely true of Strength as well. Software of this kind typically gathers browsing-related data, personally identifiable details, usernames/passwords, financial/banking information, and so on. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of advertising-supported software like Strength on devices may lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Strength
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Detection Names (app) Combo Cleaner (Application.AdSearch), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSear), Lionic (Adware.Script.AdSearch.2!c), Symantec (Trojan.Gen.MBT), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (installer) Combo Cleaner (Application.AdSearch), ESET-NOD32 (LNK/Agent.PL), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.gen), Symantec (Trojan.Gen.MBT), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Rogue Process Name(s) Strength Technologies; Strength Tech Copyright © 2022 (process name may vary)
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

We have analyzed thousands of adware samples; EnergyHealthiness, and Bloom are a few examples of those virtually identical to Strength, and Video PlayerMake It Darkcolors scale - our newest finds within the advertising-supported software classification.

This software usually appears legitimate and offers "useful" functions. However, these features rarely work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.

How did Strength install on my computer?

We downloaded Strength from a deceptive website running a fake Adobe Flash Player scam. Adware can also have "official" download webpages. Users typically enter such pages via redirects caused by mistyped URLs, sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).

Advertising-supported software is also proliferated through intrusive adverts. When clicked on, some of these ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.

Adware can be bundled (packed together) with regular programs/media as well. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We highly recommend researching software and downloading only from official and verified channels. Furthermore, all installations must be approached with caution. Therefore, we advise reading terms, exploring possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all supplements.

Another recommendation is to be vigilant when browsing since illegitimate and malicious material usually appears harmless. For example, intrusive advertisements look ordinary and innocuous, yet they redirect to unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).

If you experience ads 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 Strength, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of Strength adware's installer contents:

Strength adware installer contents

Screenshots of Strength adware's processes on Windows Task Manager (process names: "Strength Technologies", "Strength Tech Copyright © 2022", "Strength Ltd. Copyright © All rights reserved", "Strength soft Copyright © All rights reserved"):

Strength adware process on Task Manager (Strength Technologies - process name) Strength adware process on Task Manager (Strength Tech Copyright © 2022 - process name) Strength adware process - Strength Ltd. Copyright © All rights reserved Strength adware in Task Manager - Strength soft Copyright © All rights reserved

Screenshot of a deceptive website used to promote Strength adware:

Deceptive website promoting Strength adware

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Quick menu:

Strength 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.

Strength adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Strength adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Strength did not install its browser plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Strength 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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Strength ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by strength, 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 Strength 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removing Strength ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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

The presence of adware on a device can result in diminished browsing quality and system performance. The advertisements displayed by this software can be deceptive/malicious and cause serious problems (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.). Furthermore, advertising-supported software typically has data tracking functionalities, which make it a threat to user privacy.

What does adware do?

Adware enables the placement of advertisements on visited websites and/or different interfaces. Some types can also force-open sites and gather private information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most of the profit is generated through affiliate programs by promoting various websites, software, products, services, etc. Adware developers might earn commission from ad clicks, site visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Strength adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate detected adware-type applications. Note that manual removal (unaided by security programs) - might not be a perfect solution. Since despite the adware having been (manually) removed - various files may remain within the system. What is more, these leftovers might continue running and causing problems. Therefore, advertising-supported software must be eliminated thoroughly.

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