|Name||Ads by RoyalAds|
|Short Description||The ads by RoyalAds can be regarded as a ‘side effect’ of a potentially unwanted application.|
|Symptoms||The user is encountering intrusive pop-up and banner advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||In freeware packages (bundling), or executing fake updates, clicking on random pop-up windows.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Ads by RoyalAds|
If you are seeing pop-up advertisements or banners with the text ‘Ad by RoyalAds’ or ‘Ad by RoyalAds’, you should be aware that a PUP has most likely sneaked into your system. PUP stands for potentially unwanted program. Even though a PUP is not malicious, it may endanger the system by increasing its vulnerability to other online threats. Furthermore, PUPs are usually supported by advertisements, meaning that various PII and non-PII details may be obtained by the user.
Ads by RoyalAds Distribution Technique
The unwanted advertisements that get in the way of the user’s normal browsing are generated by adware/ PUP. Ad-supported applications tend to be included in the installation packages of many freeware products. The reason for this is monetary – both developers and digital marketers employ the described method called bundling to make money out of thin air. To avoid bundled downloads, always make sure to go through the software’s EULA and Download Agreement and go for the advanced installer. This is the only way to notice if an unknown program was added to the installation package.
Finally, downloading software from legitimate sources seems to be the best precaution against PUPs and adware. The least you can do is research the freeware prior to downloading it ‘blindly’.
Ads by RoyalAds Threat Evaluation
The threat level of adware mainly depends on the user’s interaction with the displayed ad-sponsored content. If the user clicks on the ‘Ad by RoyalAds’, he may be redirected to a website employed for phishing. Worst case scenario, he may end up at a page deployed for drive-by downloads. As a matter of fact, drive-by downloads or drive-by installations can be initiated by clicking on random pop-up windows. Trojans and spyware can find their way into the system, or at the very least – a suspicious .exe file.
It may sound a bit exaggerated but the truth is that hackers often rely on the user’s negligence or inattention.
Ads by RoyalAds Data Collection
Ads by RoyalAds and similar ad-supported extensions may collect certain data from users:
- Non-personally identifiable information related to the user’s browsing habits – histories, keywords, search entries, cookies.
- Personally identifiable information – name, email address, IP address, website credentials.
Adware may also add persistent cookies to the browser. Other tracking technologies used by adware are:
- Flash Cookies.
- Unique identifier.
Ads by Royal Ads Removal Options
Ad-supported applications can be removed manually. We have provided a step-by-step manual that is easy to follow. After the manual removal process is done, scanning the system via AV software is still recommended. As already mentioned, more PUPs may have sneaked into the system. After all threats are removed, the browser’s settings should be restored.
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