Adware is a nuisance and can leave your computer open to security vulnerabilities so if you suspect that you've been infected and have an adware program installed on your machine, you'd be well advised to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Whilst it's true that adware is not as malicious as some forms of malware it can still have a negative effect on both your device and your user experience.
Here's an example of an advertisement displayed by the MediaAds adware. Ads are usually labeled as "Ads by MediaAds".
Whether you or your antivirus program has picked up on downloaded adware, and you didn't give your permission to the installation and don't know where the program originated from, it's time to take steps to protect yourself, especially if you spotted the adware before your antivirus did. If that's the case you might want to think about upgrading your security software to something a little more current or reliable.
What is MediaAds?It is a type of program that has been created with the intent of displaying adverts on your computer, ether injecting them into a web page or displaying pop-ups. It can also redirect your search when you're trying to visit a website and send your request to a website of its own choice. Furthermore, it invades your privacy by monitoring the websites you visit, collecting data about your browsing habits and then customizing the type of adverts that you see to suit your tastes.
How does it affect me?You will probably know if you have MediaAds on your computer just by the un-ignorable presence of all the pop-up and banner adverts you're now seeing. Other than that, adware is fairly low-key and there probably won't be any indication in your list of programs that it installed its files on your PC.
How did it get on my computer in the first place?MediaAds is normally bundled with freeware or shareware programs. These are used by developers to generate income and recoup the development costs of more legitimate software programs. However, it can also infect you if you visit an infected website and vulnerable browsers may be hijacked by Trojan horse malware.
How to stop being bugged by adwareA lot of freeware and shareware software gives you the option to upgrade and register for, or purchase, their advert-free version. Others, however, utilize in-built, third party adware capabilities which will sometimes stay on your PC even if you have upgraded. The problem that you might face here is that by removing the adware component in this situation, you might be violating the End User Licensing Agreement whereby the original downloaded program will develop problems or refuse to work at all. For this reason, you should always read the T's & C's when you're downloading something and make sure you know what you're downloading, and what exactly you're signing up for. Most adware is bundled with free (and sometimes paid-for) software so you really should check so you know exactly what you're downloading.
Help – I've been infected by MediaAds!If you suspect your PC of having this adware downloaded onto it you should run recommended anti-malware software. If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
MediaAds Removal Guide:1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove MediaAds related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- Network System Driver
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove MediaAds related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove MediaAds, MediaBuzzV11, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove MediaAds related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove MediaAds, MediaBuzzV11, LyricsSay-1, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove MediaAds related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.