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Windows 7: Steps of removing Adware?


29 Dec 2013   #1
Nio

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Steps of removing Adware?

Hi,
I'm just wondering if you guys would like to share the steps just in case when there is no internet to ask for a help.

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29 Dec 2013   #2

7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Not all adware is the same so I don't know of any way to tell you precise steps.

Most people have more than 1 computer so getting on the internet is not as much of a problem. They simply use the other comp until there old one is fixed. If you only have 1 computer and you expect the internet to go out on it when you get a virus than steps should be taken before you get put in that situation.

If it was me i would make myself a bootable flash drive with an os of your choice and run that if i got stuck.

Here is one i have made myself.
Download Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10

It is called kaspersky rescue disk 10 and it is basically a bootable antivirus with a web browser. So at least you have internet.
It is based off of linux.

Another option is make sure you have a system image. It is so much nicer to restore from an image than to be stuck with no internet trying to figure out what to do.


But like I said without knowing what adware/malware you are dealing with I cant give you any steps other than just run an antivirus program.
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29 Dec 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I just run AdwCleaner - works perfectly.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

Watch out, don't download the Zip Extractor (big green button)
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29 Dec 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You can NOT rely on AdwCleaner to keep updating with the one download!!! You need to follow this procedure:

download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.
  • Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
    Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • Click on the Scan button.
  • AdwCleaner will begin...be patient as the scan may take some time to complete.
  • After the scan has finished, click on the Report button...a logfile (AdwCleaner[R#].txt) will open in Notepad for review (where the largest value of # represents the most recent report).
  • The contents of the log file may be confusing. Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed, don't worry about it. If you see an entry you want to keep, let me know about it.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
  • A copy of all logfiles are saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder which was created when running the tool.
Using AdwCleaner v3: Scan & Clean:
Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool again.
Click on the Scan button.
AdwCleaner will begin to scan your computer like it did before.
After the scan has finished...

This time click on the Clean button.
Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts.
Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
After rebooting, a logfile report (AdwCleaner[S#].txt) will open automatically (where the largest value of # represents the most recent report).
Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
A copy of that logfile will also be saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder

Removing/Uninstalling AdwCleaner:
Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool again. Click on the Uninstall button.
Click Yes when asked are you sure you want to uninstall.
Both AdwCleaner.exe, its folder and all logs will be removed.

***** This application is being continuously updated. It needs to be removed and then download a fresh version.
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29 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Nio,

Quote:
Steps of removing Adware?
...
I'm just wondering if you guys would like to share the steps just in case when there is no internet to ask for a help.
Is there a particular Adware you are concerned with?

There are different methods for removing Adware, as the different wares may have unique characteristics.

AdwCleaner is a good program, but, as a standalone program, it may, or may not be successful in removing certain things. Other programs may be necessary.
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30 Dec 2013   #6
Nio

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote:
There are different methods for removing Adware, as the different wares may have unique characteristics.
Unique characteristics? I never thought that every Adware has they very own characteristics before. Can you show me some examples?
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30 Dec 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Nio,

Bonanza Deals, ScorpionSaver, Savings Wave, FilesFrog Update Checker, SearchDonkey, Feven, MediaBar...

As an example of a different characteristic, MediaBar adds a firewall exception, ScorpionSaver adds a service which borks your access to the Internet, although your wireless connection shows you are connected...

Can't think of other unique quirks of Adware programs right at the moment, but the above can give you an idea.

Maybe someone else can remember other examples.
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30 Dec 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Some will bring up ads at any time, some (ransomeware) can lock your entire PC until you pay a large fee.
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31 Dec 2013   #9
Nio

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Are there any virus that works like any of these Adware?
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31 Dec 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nio View Post
Are there any virus that works like any of these Adware?
Adware serves ads, sometimes with unwanted popups which pop up blocker doesn't block.

Viruses generally do some malicious action, such as stealing a password or deleting files.
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