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Remove Ads by InMobi from Android and Windows

Name Ads by InMobi
Type Adware, Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Many annoying ads appear constantly in your browser. When trying to change the page, this results in redirects to malicious sites and more frequent pop-up advertisements. Trying to close the browser does not work.
Symptoms The user may have installed the application without his approval. The used browser gets locked and is filled with lots of ads.
Distribution Method Bundling, Freeware installers.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Ads by InMobi

“Ads by InMobi” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after installing, attaches itself to your Internet browser and changes your browser settings. It then shows many advertisements in an aggressive manner and every time you try to change the page you are redirected to sites with malicious content. If you try to close your browser via the “X” button, you are not allowed to do it, because of this aggressive hijacker application.

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Ads by InMobi – How Did I Get It?

This malware is promoted via suspicious advertisements and aggressive marketing campaigns. It can easily sneak into your computer without you knowing, by concealing itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed in a proper way, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “Ads by InMoby”. Sometimes that can be circumvented by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” option in an installation setup to see what will be installed.

Another way of getting this adware is by installing it as a free application or browser extension being described as legitimate, on your PC or Android device.

Ads by InMobi – More About it

“Ads by InMobi” is a very intrusive adware that also hijacks your internet browser, that browser being Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or some other one. After it is installed on your computer, or Android phone, it changes your browser homepage, spams you constantly with unwanted advertisements, redirecting you to pages with other ads, videos or fake alerts. The worst of all is that you are unable to close any of those unwanted messages that you are being flooded with, and neither can you close your browser to stop it. The hijacker can also redirect you to numerous sites with malicious content. If you click anywhere on an advertisement, even on the “X” button in an attempt to close it, that will cause further spread of the annoying ads and more redirects. If the application is simply ignored, it can cause a lot of problems to you and your device.

  • The Android InMobi application is an advertisement library that is bundled with certain Android applications. If you have Ads by InMobi installed, also known as the “ANDR.InMobi.A.100” process, on Windows, the malicious application can potentially damage your personal files, and you could lose stored data on your device. A research indicates that the adware may have the ability to make your machine susceptible to harm from attacks that are triggered remotely. That could result in money loss and identity theft, violation of privacy and stealing of confidential information, such as passwords and other important data. Once installed, it can successfully send device information such as the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI), the current kernel version, the phone manufacturer, or details about the phone model to a remote location.
  • It can also send the location of the device, like GPS coordinates and the location of the cell tower, to a remote location. The malicious application alters your system settings and inserts its malicious code to the Windows registry, thus enabling it to activate and update itself automatically. As long as it has access to the internet it may replicate faster and keep track of your online activity. The adware also covertly installs other malicious programs that take up a lot of resources of your device, thus making it run very slow. The various advertisements which constantly appear can cause many redirects to “InMobi” and other sites, so they can get a lot of internet traffic more quickly, so this whole monetization campaign grows bigger and spreads faster.
  • Remove Ads by InMobi Completely

    To remove Ads by InMobi manually from your computer, make certain to follow the step-by-step removal guide below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this PUP completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other, future threats you may come across.

    Remove Ads by InMobi from Android

    Step 1:Go to your browser’s settings from “Settings”, then click on “More”. Find the “Application Manager” and select “All”. Locate the Browser App and tap it.
    Step 2:Now, no matter of your browser, this should be the same for any of them.
    Tap the “Force Stop” button, then tap the “Clear Data” and “Clear Cache” Buttons.
    Step 3:Restart your browser. You might need to reboot your Android device as well to be on the safe side.

    Removing Ads by InMoby from the Registry and System Files

    We at SensorsTechForum would like to note, that this is a risky process and can sometimes damage your system. Do a backup of your system files and registry before attempting this.
    Step 1: Press the Windows+R keys and then type “regedit” in the Run box.
    Step 2: Delete the registry keys listed below:

    →HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adware/ANDR.InMobi.A.100\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adware/ANDR.InMobi.A.100
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adware/ANDR.InMobi.A.100\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adware/ANDR.InMobi.A.100\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adware/ANDR.InMobi.A.100\DisplayName ValueDealShopper.com
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Software
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\supWPM
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Wpm

    Step 3: Delete the following infected files:

    →%Desktopdir%\Adware/ANDR.InMobi.A.100.lnk
    %Programs%\Adware/ANDR.InMobi.A.100.lnk
    %AllUsersProfile%\random.exe
    %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe

    Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Ads by InMobi in Windows

    Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Ads by InMobi.

    Step 2: Remove Ads by InMobi from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Ads by InMobi and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After Ads by InMobi is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Ads by InMobi and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Ads by InMobi is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Ads by InMobi to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After Ads by InMobi has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Ads by InMobi
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Ads by InMobi. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Ads by InMobi will be removed.

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Ads by InMobi.

    Removing Ads by InMobi from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    Removing Ads by InMobi from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
    Windows-10-0 (1)

    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
    Windows-10-2 (1)

    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Ads by InMobi.

    Step 4: Remove Ads by InMobi automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Ads by InMobi associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Ads by InMobi threat: Manual removal of Ads by InMobi requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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