BlockTheAds is a suspicious program that may have tricked users into installing it, possibly with hoax promises to block annoying advertisements. However, this potentially unwanted program (PUP), has been reported by some security experts to do exactly the opposite – display adverts and maybe redirect to third party sites. Also, there is a chance that it may install browsing cookies on the PC to gather user information.
BlockTheAds – How Does It Work?
BlockTheAds may be situated on your computer in a similar way to other PUPs – by being included in installers, downloaded from third party websites. Once installed, it is believed to display advertisements with text, similar to ‘Ads by Block The Ads’, ‘By BlockTheAds’, ‘Powered by BlockTheAds’, etc. Those advertisements may or may not be targeted according to the user`s interests. Such interests may be gathered from cookies – files, possibly installed on the computer by the suspicious program that collect browsing history, clicks, etc.
BlockTh Ads may not be directly dangerous to the computer, although It might collect personal information sometimes. What may be hazardous to the user is the third party providers of the advertisements It displays. Some of those third party sites may:
- Redirect the user to other sites that could prompt the download of malware on the computer.
- Give the user fake questionnaires and surveys that may ask for personal information from him/her.
- Display an artificial problem to the user along with a tech support number attached to it that may charge very high call rates.
- Install several adware extensions or apps that could cause PC Slowdowns.
- Prompt the user for financial information as a part of registration process for a free trial for a paid service or product.
When it comes to adware, the dangers may be many since cyber criminals develop new techniques and methods to access the information on user PCs continuously. This is why it is important to take steps to their removal.
In case you have Block The Ads on your computer, and you want to remove it, manual deletion may conceal some difficulties. This could be because most unwanted programs, working with third parties, may leave some files on the PC after uninstall. This is why, it is a good practice to scan the PC for malware with a special tool which will detect and eradicate every PUP file on your computer. Also, if you are not a professional in cyber security, be advised that you should download anti-malware program that will ensure live protection of your computer from future intrusions.
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 BlockTheAds from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Ads by BlockTheAds from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Ads by BlockTheAds from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Ads by BlockTheAds from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Ads by BlockTheAds from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Ads by BlockTheAds from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Ads by BlockTheAds from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Ads by BlockTheAds from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Ads by BlockTheAds
Step 2: Uninstall Ads by BlockTheAds 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 BlockTheAds 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 BlockTheAds there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Ads by BlockTheAds from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Ads by BlockTheAds 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 BlockTheAds 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Ads by BlockTheAds 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 BlockTheAds 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 BlockTheAds 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 BlockTheAds 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 BlockTheAds will be removed.
Eliminate Ads by BlockTheAds 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.