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RevenueHits Ads

Also Known As: Revenue Hits Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is RevenueHits?

RevenueHits is an advertising platform used by various third-party advertising agencies to serve pop-up, in-text, and other types of advertising. Many Internet users refer to these ads as a virus or malware since they are intrusive and appear on various websites whilst surfing the Internet.

Technically, these ads are not related to viruses, however, they are caused by various potentially unwanted applications, which use RevenueHits to monetize their free software.

For example, Internet users observe these deceptive advertisements after installing the Softonic toolbar. Such negative associations are made since Internet users often install this adware inadvertently without their consent.

Revenuehits virus homepage

The Softonic toolbar is considered adware, or a potentially unwanted application, which installs together with free software.

Internet users, who wish to avoid installation of adware such as this, should express caution when downloading free software, since many free software download websites (in this case, softonic.com) employ deceptive 'download clients', which manage the download process of freeware.

During this process, the download client offers installation of promoted browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. In most cases, download clients attempt to conceal the 'decline button', a button used to opt-out of installation of promoted software.

RevenueHits ads are intrusive - clicking them can result in the installation of additional adware or even malware. For these reasons, you are advised to remove any potentially unwanted applications that generate these ads.

Commonly, browser add-ons, which are 'bundled' with free software, add little or no significant value for Internet users, and moreover, cause browser redirects, unwanted ads, and may lead to serious malware infections.

Note that clicking RevenueHits ads can be dangerous as they lead to deceptive websites, which encourage completion of online surveys, installation of additional adware, and may be malicious. If you see these ads when browsing the Internet, use the removal guide provided to eliminate the adware that causes them.

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Quick menu:

RevenueHits removal:

If your Internet browser/s redirect you to search.softonic.com, use this removal guide.

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.

Revenuehits uninstall

In the uninstall programs window look, for "Softonic toolbar for IE and Chrome", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling Softonic toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Eliminate RevenueHits ads from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

RevenueHits pop-up ads removal from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Softonic Toolbar" and "Softonic Helper Object", select these entries and disable them.

RevenueHits pop-up ads removal from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the revenue hits virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

RevenueHits ads removal from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Softonic Chrome Toolbar", select it and click the trash can icon.

RevenueHits ads removal from Google Chrome step 2

If the Softonic Chrome Toolbar extension is greyed-out and you are unable to remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the revenue hits virus, 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:

RevenueHits ads removal from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "softonic.com".

RevenueHits ads removal from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with revenue hits virus 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 revenue hits virus, 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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