Hades Ads "Virus" - How to Remove It from Your Computer (2017)
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Hades Ads “Virus” – How to Remove It from Your Computer (2017)

This article has been created in order to explain to you what is Hades Ads and how to remove the “Powered by hades” advertisements from your browsers and PC permanently

A rather old ad-supported program, known as Hades ads has been reported to still be active and affect computers. Hades Ads is an adware application, which belongs to the Adware.Salus adware programs and it’s primary goal is to fill your computer with various different types of advertisements, like pop-ups, banners, redirects, etc. Since these advertisements can lead you to a lot of suspicious and even malicious third-party sites, the software has been classified as a low-level type of threat and security experts strongly advise you to remove it from your computer completely.

Threat Summary

NameHades
TypePotentially Unwanted Program/Adware
Short DescriptionDisplays different types of advertisements that lead to suspicious third-party websites.
SymptomsYou will notice the presence of Hades Ads by having banners and pop-ups with the “Ads by Hades” or “Powered by Hades” written on the bottom right corner of the ad.
Distribution MethodVia bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.
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Hades Ads – How Did I Get Them

Just like any other unwanted software, the Hades adware may slither on your computer via a multitude of ways, the main of which still remains to be bundled installers for many adware apps. Such installers are often of your favorite free programs, like media player, torrent downloading program or other apps. The way the scheme works is that some websites modify those installers before providing them for free download. The modifications include adding Hades Ads as a ‘free extra’ to the current installations and this may be included in one of the installation steps, like the example below shows:

After you accept it, Hades Ads installs itself on your computer and may begin to display ads. The installation step is very easy to miss, because often it resides in the Custom or Advanced installation modes of the program you have downloaded.

Besides this method, Hades ads can also be situated onto your computer, using other methods, like b

Hades Ads – More Information

When Hades adware has been installed on the computer of the victim, the adware may begin to perform various different activities on it, such as modify the web browsers and add extensions to them as well as change their settings significantly to allow them to display un-trusted sites as trusted ones. In addition to this, the Hades Ads may significantly impact the performance of the compromised computer significantly by constantly running processes in the background which can also make it to freeze at times.

Once the adware is installed, the ads which it begins to display are directly on the websites you visit. Here is one advertisement that is displayed by this adware, claiming that the content on the site requires you to install Java:

But this unwanted software does not limit it’s activities only to displaying ads. It also installs an electronic certificate which has root access. The certificate is in the Windows Trusted Root Certification and Is called Hades CA. This makes it possible for the unwanted program to monitor your traffic and inject advertisements in real-time.

The information which may be collected by Hades Ads varies, but it is mainly content about what you visit online and what you type in your web browser, which can also conceal certain risks.

The advertisements that are displayed by Hades may lead you to various third-party websites, which may be:

  • Tech support scam sites.
  • Phishing sites for your passwords and other info.
  • Malicious sites that may infect your computer with malware.

How to Remove Hades Ads you’re your Computer

In order to fully erase Hades Ads from your computer system, recommendations are to focus on removing it by following the instructions below. If you lack the experience in malware removal, be advised that security experts often advise to use an advance anti-malware software for the removal instead. Downloading and installing such program will help you remove Hades Ads automatically and detect any other intrusions in the process to protect your system completely in the future as well.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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