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Ads by Aura – How to Remove Them

This article has been created with the main purpose to explain what are the advertisements, tagged with “Ads by Aura” and how to remove it and the Aura software causing them

A new form of adware has been detected to cause multiple types of advertisements on the machines affected by it. The adware slithers in a very clever way as a legitimate software, likely calling itself Aura. While this Aura software pretends to be some form of a legitimate program, it’s main goal is to convince users that it is a legitimate program created to assist with their browsing experience, while it floods the web browsers and the desktop with random advertisements of all types. If you see advertisements by Aura, we recommend that you read the following article as it will help you understand how you can remove them.

Threat Summary

Name "Ads by Aura" PUP
Type Adware.
Short Description Aims to display a lot of advertisemetns and lead users to third-party websites.
Symptoms A lot of advertisements may randomly start to appear in all forms. The ads have “Ads by Aura” written somewhere on their corners.
Distribution Method Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Ads by Aura How Did I Get Them

The primary way by which this suspicious software, likely going by the name Aura could end up on your computer is via being spread directly via a website that Is advertising. Usually such tools are often advertised as seemingly legitimate programs that aim to contribute to the user’s browsing experience in some way.

Another way of being advertised aggressively is for the Aura Ads software to be widespread as a result of software bundling. To better explain it, this basically means that Ads by Aura may be included In the installer of another free program, where the software may be mentioned in the EULA agreemend or be included in a separate install step. The bad news here is that such install steps are often hidden in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation preferences.

Ads by Aura – More Informaiton

Once Ads by Aura is installed on your computer, the program may immediately begin modifying several parts of it, including system files, the Windows Registry editor and the Task Scheduler, where this adware may create various different tasks of modules or programs that will run automatically and cause ads each time when you boot Windows.

The advertisements shown by Ads by Aura adware may be of the following types:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Ad-supported search results.
  • Online banners that are taken over.
  • Highlighted text showing up on a random basis.

The outcome of those advertisements is that they may lead you to different sites that may be risky to your computer. Such websites can turn out to be:

  • Malicious sites that infect your computer with different viruses. (Trojans, Miners, Ransomware viruses, Rootkits, etc.).
  • Websites that may be of a scamming type and may aim to scam you out of your personal information by posing as fake online retailer sites.
  • Sites that are created to cause browser redirects to pages that lock your web browser and show fake system error messages to get you to call a fake tech support number.
  • Websites that may enroll you in different surveys, whose main idea may be to steal your personal information.

And not only this, but Ads by Aura may also be passively aggressive as well, creating multiple different types of tracking technologies, whose primary purpose often turns out to be to track your information, such as:

  • What you type.
  • What you search.
  • Where you click.
  • Your bookmarked sites.
  • Your web browsing history.

In addition to this, Ads by Aura may set different types of sites that automatically open when you open your web browser. This is done by modifying the Windows Registry sub-keys for your web browser. For example, for the Google Chrome browsers, these keys are:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\chrome.exe\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Google Chrome

And in addition to this, the Ads by Aura software may also use different tracking technologies that aim to collect data. These often turn out to be:

  • Cookies.
  • Pixels.
  • Tags.
  • Geo-locators.
  • LSOs (Locally Shared Objects or Flash Cookies).

All of these threats make it for a program that is categorized by researchers as a Potentially Unwanted Application or PUA (PUP). To learn how to try and remove this program and stop the ads, keep reading this article.

Remove Ads by Aura PUP and Stop Pop-ups

If you want to remove this adware completely from your computer system, we would recommend that you follow either the Manual removal instructions or the Automatic removal methods shown underneath. They are both created to help you identify and delete that files, belonging to Ads by Aura on your PC. If you seem to have troubles deleting the Ads by Aura program manually and you still see “Ads by Aura” on your computer, experts often advise to do the removal automatically with the aid of an advanced anti-malware program. Such programs are created with the main purpose of automatically scanning your file system for all the Aura Ads – related files and objects and fully erasing them. In addition to this, advanced anti-malware programs also aim to make sure that your computer system stays safe against any adware in the future as well.

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How to Remove "Ads by Aura" PUP from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove "Ads by Aura" PUP

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall "Ads by Aura" PUP and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors 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:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by "Ads by Aura" PUP on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by "Ads by Aura" PUP there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for "Ads by Aura" PUP with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of "Ads by Aura" PUP from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall "Ads by Aura" PUP and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to "Ads by Aura" PUP:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to "Ads by Aura" PUP. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to "Ads by Aura" PUP. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove "Ads by Aura" PUP via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as "Ads by Aura" PUP. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove "Ads by Aura" PUP files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as "Ads by Aura" PUP, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for "Ads by Aura" PUP:


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Remove "Ads by Aura" PUP from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase "Ads by Aura" PUP from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall "Ads by Aura" PUP from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove "Ads by Aura" PUP from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the "Ads by Aura" PUP will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate "Ads by Aura" PUP from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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