Have you encountered ‘Ads by Not set’ in your browser while surfing? If so, be careful, since you may have an adware application running in the background and generating intrusive ads. Users have reported the ads being quite persistent, showing up on every visited website and even bypassing AdBlock. If you are experiencing the same issues, don’t attempt anything before reading this removal article to the very end.
|Name||Ads by Not set|
|Short Description||Intrusive ads are showing up on all visited pages, AdBlock is bypassed.|
|Symptoms||Unwanted advertisements, tracking cookies.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundled Packages, Fake Updates|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Ads by Not set|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Ads by Not set.|
‘Ads by Not set’ Description and Distribution
The most likely thing to have happened to users affected by ‘Ads by Not set’ is bundling. Bundling is a common method employed by third party developers to distribute unwanted applications. In that sense, ‘Ads by Not set’ may have been brought by an ad-supported browser extension, compatible with popular browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.).
As reported by users, this particular application related with ‘Ads by Not set’ has bypassed AdBlock. Thus, it shouldn’t be disregarded – it may be also related to a more damaging spyware program aimed at collecting sensitive user information.
N.B. Bundled third party installers aside, ‘Ads by Not set’ may have been triggered by:
- Fake software updates prompting the user to update his Flash Player;
- Spam links and suspicious advertisements on p2p communities, torrent websites, video streaming pages, etc.;
- Landing on websites employed for phishing.
Our research indicates that ‘Ads by Not set’ may be associated with the following potentially unwanted programs (PUPs):
If you don’t recall downloading any of the programs mentioned above, you have downloaded a freeware installer bundled with unwanted software. Downloading unwanted software may be avoided by choosing the Advanced setup option and unclicking additional software. However, advanced installation doesn’t always do the trick. Adware and spyware programs may be downloaded silently to your computer, with the help of silent and unattended installers. Having an active anti-virus protection may not always be enough.
Spyware programs are best treated with anti-spyware software that immediately detects:
- Tracking cookies;
- Trojan components;
- Data collection activities.
‘Ads by Not set’ Removal Options
Security-wise, it is best to run such a program in order to neutralize ‘Ads by Not set’, PUP.Optional.BestPriceNinja, PUP.Optional.PriceMoon or any other related unwanted program. Nonetheless, make sure to refer to all the removal methods situated below the article.