Ads by Sense

Also Known As: Sense Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Moderate

Sense removal instructions

What is Sense?

Sense is a potentially unwanted application created by Object Browser. This browser plugin promises to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying various coupons and deals when users visit online shopping websites. While such added functionality may seem legitimate, Sense is adware that infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) when free software is downloaded from the Internet. Creators of this rogue browser plugin use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and thus, most computer users install Sense inadvertently without their consent. At time of research, this rogue add-on was promoted through fake Java and browser update downloads.

Sense adware

After successful infiltration, this browser extension generates various intrusive ads (banner ads, pop-up ads, etc.) and tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, websites visited, and other information. Computer users who have unwillingly installed this browser extension, report that they observe intrusive ads from various sources, including, for example, advertise.com, Dealply, Superfish, Verti technologies, Jollywallet, Text enhance, Alerta Descontos, Cortica "Snappyimages", GetDeal "CouponScout", Digital Beacon "Vitruvianleads", Imonomy "Vis-add", IRobinhood, No Problem, and R&E "FoxyDeals". Internet users who observe "Ads by Sense" when browsing the Internet should follow this removal guide to eliminate Sense adware from their browser/s.

The Sense browser extension adds no significant value for Internet users - it diminishes browser performance, generates intrusive ads, and tracks browsing activity. The presence of this plugin can lead to high-risk malware infections and identity theft. To avoid installation of rogue browser extensions such as this, computer users should be attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a 'download client', opt-out of installation of Sense or other advertised browser plugins by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal installation of any bundled browser plug-ins. If you observe "Ads by Sense" on your system, use this removal guide to eliminate Sense adware from your Internet browser/s.

Deceptive free software installers used in Sense adware distribution:

sense adware installer sample 2 sense adware installer Delusive software installer used in Sense adware disribution

Sense adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by Sense'):

Sense adware generating

Tech support ads ('Brought to you by Sense'):

sense adware generating ads sample 2

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Quick menu:

Sense adware removal:

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.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.

Mac 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.

Sense adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Sense adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Sense did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Sense ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Sense ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sense 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:

Removing Sense  ads 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: all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Sense ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sense 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:

Removing Sense 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Sense ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with sense 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.

Removal assistance:
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