How to Remove Ads (Update February 2020)

Remove Virus Ads ads can affect commonly used at the same time trustworthy web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Safari.

remove virus ads stf Ads is a Vietnamese website that offers users the chance to gain revenue by using shortened links for their online marketing campaigns. At first glance, this website presents no danger to users’ online security neither to the security of their computer systems. However, taking into consideration that the website’s service – “shorten link and make money” is available to anyone who has access to the Internet, it is very likely that bad actors use it too. What does it mean?

It means that they can first corrupt a website by injecting malware into its code, then shorten the URL of an infected web page and finally spread the URL across the web. The moment such an infected web page loads in a target web browser, it becomes able to deliver and activate malicious software on the background of all other active processes.

Regarding the spread of ads, it may be realized via dubious online portals, torrent websites, social media, and potentially unwanted programs like adware. To be sure that your affected browser and system are clean and secure, we recommend that you complete a thorough ads removal guide.

Threat Summary ads
TypeAds, Browser Redirect, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable website that interrupts browsing sessions to display deceptive offers.
SymptomsYour browser is performing slower due to the increased number of online ads it is forced to open. Lots of annoying pop-ups and other ads appear on websites you visit.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by ads


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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss ads. Ads – Spread and Impact is a questionable website used for the generation of shortened links. The purpose of these links is to generate revenue to their operators whenever someone opens them in a browser. Users whose browsers get affected by ads often think that they have a virus on their machines. This could be explained by the fact that these annoying ads tend to appear in popular web browsers without users’ knowledge or permission. Our research indicates that the website continues to be active in February 2020, and is affecting users at a large scale.

There is a vast number of different bogus websites that are lurking accross web. Recent examples of such are, and hijacker. More often than not these webites hijack trustworthy browsers after a user installs unintentionally a potentially unwanted program on the computer operating system (Windows/Mac).

Unfortunately, there are various free programs across the web that feature hidden extras in their installers. The installers of such apps are set to install undesired apps by default. The tricky part is that the installers do not openly ask users if they want to install present extras or prefer to skip their installation and continue with the installation of the main program. Free and useful apps like media players, readers, drivers, etc. may have corrupted installers.

To prevent this side effect and keep potentially unwanted programs (adware, browser hijackers, browser extensions, etc.) away from computer systems, users need to check carefully the details that are presented on each step of the installer. The Advanced/Custom configuration step should be selected whenever it is available.

The presence of an undesired program on a PC may lead to the generation of many more annoying ads like ads. Since these ads may be set to open corrupted web pages that deliver malware, they may unnoticeably infect your device with severe threats like ransomware, Trojans, spyware, and other.

For the sake of your PC security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of ads from the affected browser and all associated files from the system.

How to Remove Ads

In order to remove ads along with all associated files that enable their appearance in the browser, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of any present undesired programs and strengthen the security of your PC, we recommend that you combine the steps. Have in mind that professional anti-malware tools have their own definitions for ads. So they could detect this type of infection with a different name.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us at our email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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