THREAT REMOVAL

Remove Propeller Ads

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PropellerAds.com is a website for a monetization platform. Although, the site can spread advertisements and you can be redirected to more, similar advertising networks. That is why it is regarded as adware. The owners of that ad network make some of their revenue from adverts and some from monetizing Web traffic generated by them. To remove all the advertisements and the adware platform, you should read the article to the end.

Threat Summary

NamePropellerAds.com
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe site generates advertisements, which can show on other websites when you browse.
SymptomsYou will see advertisements all over your browsers, like pop-ups, message boxes, in-text links or other ad types.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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PropellerAds.com – Spread

The PropellerAds.com website is generally spread through third-party installation setups. Without your awareness, the adware could be put in your computer machine with third-party installer setups via bundled programs and freeware. Installers could be set by default to include components with the main software being installed. To prevent any undesired components from getting to your PC can be done if you find a Custom or an Advanced settings.

PropellerAds.com promotes itself across the Internet and a lot of websites display its advertisements. Be it banners, pop-ups or pop-under ads used for the spreading of the adware, they all can infiltrate your computer machine. Upon visiting websites with an origin that is not known or other ones which seem dubious is another way to spread this adware. A different way of spreading it will be by using redirects on websites with related content. Browsers that can get affected are the following: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

PropellerAds.com – In Depth

PropellerAds.com is the main Web page of a platform for advertising, named with the same name. A multitude of advertising content and hundreds of redirects can be pushed from it. Those circumstances can occur even while you are casually browsing the internet and in case you have a program connected to PropellerAds on your computer machine. This platform, together with each of its related applications, is considered adware. In the screenshot displayed below you can see the PropellerAds.com website:

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By looking into the description of the platform, you can see that it can bring up ad campaigns on a worldwide scale. On top of that it can do so not only on computers but utilizing mobile devices as well. Targeted advertising content is more than likely to appear from customers of this service.

If your personal computer is affected by software, which is related to the PropellerAds.com platform, you will experience bulks of advertisements on each of the online pages that you visit. In case your browsers have an extension, add-on or a plug-in connected to this adware, you will see more advertisements. You can be redirected to sites with similar content, like advertisement networks, which can be partnered or affiliated with the owners of Propeller Ads.

Advertisements spread by the platform can show one of these texts:

  • Ads by PropellerAds.com
  • Advertisement by PropellerAds.com
  • Ad by PropellerAds.com
  • Advert from PropellerAds.com
  • Powered by PropellerAds.com
  • Brought to you by PropellerAds.com

Every redirect could show in the form of in-text advertisements, links, and buttons. The PropellerAds.com website will spread these and place them on websites to increase Web traffic. The result will be the distribution of targeted adverts and sponsored content by the website owners. Multiple redirects can open at the same time, for instance – one on a new page, one on a new tab, and one in the same tab that initiated the redirect. The online traffic which is acquired can be turned into real money by using a pay-per-click plan.

The advertisements can vary in types, although all of them are to serve one and the same goal – that of making revenue for the adware owners. Adverts connected to PropellerAds.com can be displayed across the World Wide Web as pop-ups, in-text links, pop-unders, banners, interstitial or transitional ads. Different kinds of advertising are not absolutely excluded from appearing, as well.

PropellerAds.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the PropellerAds.com platform is found on its main domain. The website will collect both personally identifying and non-personally identifying information. Part of the information will be disclosed to third parties, advertisement networks, and similar websites tied to this platform.

You can view the Privacy Policy right here:

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Information that can be collected from you:

Personally identifying information:
  • Your email address
  • Information you provide
Non-personally identifying information:
  • The type of Internet browser
  • The type of computer operating system
  • The domain name of the website visited
  • Information related to websites and web pages a user is viewing when an advertisement is shown

Browser cookies, including many more different tracking technologies, like pixel tags, will track your interaction with advertisements, this and other websites you can end up on.

The following quote from the Privacy Policy sounds like it is untrue:

We do not collect PII via our Services, and therefore, we do not sell, rent, or share PII collected on our customer’s websites to non-affiliated third parties.

So, the owners of the Propeller Ads service gather personally identifying information, from their contact line, as it’s admitted after that quote in the Policy. This means that they indeed collect PII, and may disclose it or do other things with it as long as it is between affiliated third parties, and the selling, renting and sharing of the data happens outside the “customer’s websites.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean affiliates cannot gather the whole information.

Here is another interesting quotation from the Policy:

The use of cookies by our affiliates, service providers or tracking utility company is not covered by our Privacy Policy. We do not have access or control over these cookies. These third parties use session ID cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site.

The quotation above says that cookies of PropellerAds.com which are used by whatever other site could collect your personal information. All despite Propeller Ads owners have agreed to the information collection by signing a contract with the other websites.

The recommended action for you to take is to remove the adware and everything that is associated with it, as you do not know what information could be collected about you and where it could be sent.

Remove PropellerAds.com Fully

To remove PropellerAds.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal tutorial provided below. In case this manual removal does not get rid of the ads completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such an application can keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove PropellerAds.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PropellerAds.com

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall PropellerAds.com 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by PropellerAds.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by PropellerAds.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for PropellerAds.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of PropellerAds.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall PropellerAds.com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to PropellerAds.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to PropellerAds.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to PropellerAds.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 PropellerAds.com 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as PropellerAds.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove PropellerAds.com 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.


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Erase PropellerAds.com 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.



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Uninstall PropellerAds.com 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.



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Remove PropellerAds.com 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the PropellerAds.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate PropellerAds.com 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.


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