TheAdBlock, also known as Ads by TheAdBlock, is an adware application. It may be regarded as an ad-supported browser extension suitable for Explorer, Chrome, and Mozilla. It may be presented as a useful tool developed to protect the browser from advertisements, but the truth is it may put the user at risk. The advertisements displayed by TheAdBlock may cause unwanted browser redirects to pages loaded with spyware.
That is why clicking any content related to the application or sponsored by it is not considered safe.
TheAdBlock Distribution Path
The ad-supported extension may have been included in the package of a free software product such as a file converter or media player. The distribution method is dubbed bundling and is used by both developers and third party marketing agencies. Ad-supported software is developed to cover financial losses by generating traffic to predefined pages.
This is how various online platforms are monetized with ‘the help’ of users. Users are often unaware of the additional downloads they execute simply because they have skipped the advanced option prior to installing the initial program. The custom installer allows users to uncheck TheAdBlock and similar applications.
TheAdBlock Risk Evaluation
Adware is not malicious, but it may be guilty as charged on several levels.
1. First, adware is developed to add tracking cookies to the browser.Tracking cookies gather personally identifiable information and may give it to interested sites.
2. This is how malvertising campaigns take place. Malvertising or malicious advertising is one of the methods used by cyber criminals to spread malware across the Internet.
3. Furthermore, TheAdBlock may get in the way of the user’s normal browsing experience by serving unwanted advertisements. Clicking any of it may cause harmful browser redirects.
TheAdBlock Removal Options
Above average users can try to remove the issue manually by following the steps given below. Keep in mind that the system default settings may have been changed, along with the browser default ones. If the user cannot deal with the removal of TheAdBlock alone, he should proceed towards installing a powerful AV tool.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Ads by TheAdBlock from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Ads by TheAdBlock from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Ads by TheAdBlock from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Ads by TheAdBlock from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Ads by TheAdBlock from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Ads by TheAdBlock from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Ads by TheAdBlock from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Ads by TheAdBlock from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Ads by TheAdBlock
Step 2: Uninstall Ads by TheAdBlock 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Ads by TheAdBlock on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Ads by TheAdBlock there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Ads by TheAdBlock from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Ads by TheAdBlock and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 TheAdBlock 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Ads by TheAdBlock files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Ads by TheAdBlock, 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.
Remove Ads by TheAdBlock 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.
Erase Ads by TheAdBlock 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.
Uninstall Ads by TheAdBlock 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.
Remove Ads by TheAdBlock 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Ads by TheAdBlock will be removed.
Eliminate Ads by TheAdBlock 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.