A new ad-supported application has been reported to advertise heavily onto affected users’ computers. The software is reported to be intrusive and cause computer slow-downs as well as pop-ups and even browser redirects to third-party URLs. Users who have witnessed this ad-supported application are strongly advised to scan immediately their computer for all of the objects it creates on it and remove them using the instructions after this article.
|Short Description||The program collects different information and displays advertisements in various forms.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains and various pop-ups, banners, highlighted text, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Via other PUPs like DNS Unlocker, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Tereacreative Ads.|
Teracreative Ads – How Did I Get It
Affected users who have received ads that redirect to a domain, called 55.teracreative.com have reported after scanning their computers that these advertisements were caused by one of the most infamous ad-supported programs out there – DNS Unlocker.
This program is believed to be indirectly dangerous to your computer, since besides changing various settings on your browser, it may also modify your DNS settings to sniff network traffic. Malware researchers believe DNS Unlocker spreads via bundled installers, such as the one in the example below:
Such installers are usually of free programs users often download, like media players, torrent software, virtual drive managers and other useful freeware. Some third-party sites include installers of programs such as DNS Unlocker without minding they are shady. This is most likely done for profit and users are strongly advised to be extremely careful while installing new software.
Teracreative Ads In Detail
Once activated on your computer, DNS Unlocker may add Teracreative Ads as a browser extension to the following web browsers:
- Google Chrome.
- Mozilla Firefox.
- Internet Explorer.
- Opera Browser.
After being added, the adware may also create hundreds of suspicious objects in the following location:
The objects may have random alpha numerical names, such as the example below:
What is worse, is that this software may heavily modify the keys in the Windows Registry Editor, adding custom data and values. This is most likely done with the purpose of reverting the browser’s settings after the user has tried to reinstall or reset it to default. This is why users complain that after removing those extensions they have had no effect, and the ads were back. The targeted keys can be the following:
→ HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\User Preferences
In addition to that, the software may also obtain certain user information such as:
- Online clicks.
- Online search history.
- Browsing History.
- Other user-entered information.
This information may be used by the ad-supported application to advertise different third-party content such as:
- Browser redirects.
- Taken over banner spaces.
- Highlighted text.
- Ad-supported search results by hoax search engines.
The main risks associated with this browser hijacker is that it may lead to dangerous third-party websites. Such sites may conceal different threats from the user:
- Phishing scamming sites.
- Fake tech support scams.
- Drive-by download of malware caused by browser redirect.
- Personal information theft via cookies by third-party sites.
When the website 55.teracreative.com was checked, it blocked us, due to “too many redirects” type of error:
Remove Teracreative Ads from Your Computer
Since these advertisements may cause headaches while removing because of the modified registry entries, Teracreative Ads creates. This means that after you reinstall or reset your web browser, the advertisements may reappear. Adblocking software does stop the ads but does not stop other functions of the program. This is why we strongly recommend using the methodological steps in the removal instructions below to remove this ad-supported application permanently.
Delete Tereacreative Ads from Windows and Your Browser
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Tereacreative Ads from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Tereacreative Ads from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Tereacreative Ads from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Tereacreative Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Tereacreative Ads from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Tereacreative Ads from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Tereacreative Ads from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Tereacreative Ads from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Tereacreative Ads
Step 2: Uninstall Tereacreative Ads 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 Tereacreative Ads 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 Tereacreative Ads there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Tereacreative Ads from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Tereacreative Ads 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.
- 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 Tereacreative Ads via Step 1 above:
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 Tereacreative Ads 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 Tereacreative Ads 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 Tereacreative Ads 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 Tereacreative Ads 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 Tereacreative Ads will be removed.
Eliminate Tereacreative Ads 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.