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Thursday, April 2, 2015

How to Remove "Ads by name" Malware (Uninstall Guide)

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Being a victim of "Ads by name" adware can be one of the most downright frustrating things that can happen to a computer user. We all come across adware in our busy online lives. Most of the time we can ignore it and accept it as part of the internet's landscape however there are occasions when advertising supported software, to give adware its full name, can be downright annoying. Adware comes in many shapes, sizes and guises but the type that comes as a Potentially Unwanted Program can be particularly irritating.

Adware programs have a number of characteristics and perform a number of activities; showing you adverts with the tag "Ads by name" being just one of them. Some adware traits may be a nuisance, others can be fairly easy to ignore but some can actually cause you harm or make using your PC a real pain in the neck. Therefore it makes sense that adware programs like this one are something that you should try and avoid.

What exactly are "Ads by name"?

The reason that so many people talk about Ads by name and adware in the same breath is because adware as a standalone type of malware and PUPs, although strictly speaking not malware, do operate in a similar manner. One of those being that they both install themselves without your knowledge.

There are a number of different things that adware and similar potentially unwanted programs do; some of them install a new toolbar on your PC, some change your home page or your default search engine, and others bombard you with online advertising.

Its main characteristic is to display ADS BY name may well send your stress levels soaring. They will show you an endless stream of pop up and pop under windows, as well as other adverts, including banner advertising.

Furthermore clicking on these adverts, whether on purpose or by accident, can end up directing you to some pretty unsavory websites – regardless of what the actual advert was for. The main point of adware is to drive traffic, and possibly sales, to a third party website. Most of the adverts displayed by this adware are random and will simply redirect you to dodgy websites. However, there's also a spyware module packed with this adware that can track your browsing history and browsing habits in general and send all this information to third parties, mostly advertising networks. As a result, you may start seeing more targeted "Ads by name" on your computer.

Other problems caused by adware

And that's not all you have to contend with as adware can also make your PC run more slowly, cause your internet to keep crashing, create issues of conflict with other programs installed on your machine, and – even more worryingly – interfere with your computer's security, leaving you open to attack by more serious forms of malware.

How are Ads by name installed?

There are three ways in which adware programs are installed on your computer. They might have already been installed when you purchase a new PC, they can infect you when you visit a website that's been compromised by adware, or they may have been bundled with another program. While for the most part these programs will be free (freeware or shareware), adware has been known to be packaged with more legitimate, or even paid for, software. Lower the risk of downloading adware by reading License Agreements extremely carefully when you're downloading anything. ADS BY name are mentioned in the small print, so make sure you know just what it is you're installing. If your computer is already infected and you don't know how to remove "Ads by name", please follow the steps in the removal guide below.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

"Ads by name" 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 "Ads by name" 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 PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall 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:
  • Name
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 "Ads by name" related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Name, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 "Ads by name" related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Name, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove "Ads by name" related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage 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.


Anonymous said...

ive done all this and i still receive the ads...

Admin said...

Try resetting your web browser and don't forget to run a full system scan with anti-malware software. If you won't remove the adware it will reinstall itself.

Anonymous said...

I've tried all of this and nothing works

Cain said...

Ads by name suddenly began appearing on my computer, slowing everything down. I followed the steps, there is nothing in my recent Add ons, extensions or Control panel that I recently installed. I ran 3 Anti Malware programs and still it's there. Please, please help!

(I've used Malware Bytes, Hitmanpro, and something called Panda something.

Justin Chamberlain said...

Yeah same here. I've all that was prescribed here and still have the adds. Definitely posing to be a real problem. Really appreciate the advice though. If I cant find it under my programs or under extensions then I guess its hidden in some file somewhere. Full scan didnt work but Ill try it again. Thanks a lot for the help though.

Anonymous said...

Same here - damn thing's been flooding my screen & diverting me to sites I don't want to have anything to do with.
I've scanned with Mawarebytes, CCleaner, SpyBot & even done a System Restore. Removed any suspicious programs with Revo & removed all AddOns, but they still keep coming back
Worse still, when I find a site that might give me info on how to get rid of it, the damn this blots it out with the popups I'm trying to get rid of.
How can such an approach possibly encourage anyone to buy whatever it is they're trying to spam. Personally it would make me avoid the products by a mile.

Anon2 said...

Hi, I am in the same situation as the first Anon.

I've had this malware/adware infect my computer and Chrome/Firefox. I've fixed problems like this before, but never had so much trouble, not even when fixing a computer for an old lady that had no AV!

Looking through my computer, MWB found PUP. trojans, which it removed, "pricemeterdownloader" tasks and something called "kin kon" also in the tasks. All removed. There is nothing now that AV, MWB, CC picks up, nothing in Add-ons or Extensions, nothing in Installed programs (there never was).

What has happened is that I can now use Chrome, but not Firefox (main browser).

I am not sure what my next step is, is it possible to completely remove firefox and that fix the problem when I reinstall it? How would one do that?


Allan Jan Tupil said...

Back-up your bookmark on Firefox and uninstall it. Remove the remnants of Mozilla Firefox in Programfiles, Programfiles (x86), Programdata, Appdata\Roaming and Appdata\Local. Reboot the computer and install back Firefox and restore your bookmarks

Anonymous said...

Kin kon seems to be the problem. I tried but can't delete the file from OS. Suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Hi, any latests regarding Ads by Name removal? I have the same computer problems. I already removed ad-ons in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome & Firefox. I even bought a Malware program but they are STILL popping up. Kindly post some helpful suggestions please.

Anonymous said...

The common denominator seems to be Firefox. Remove all extensions and then do a clean re-install and that fixes the issue.

Thanks Admin, that was your first advice.

Najmus Sakib said...

same change in the condition ....i have resetted my rid of the malicious programmes....did a system restore...still the adds keep popping up...

Anonymous said...

I have the same problem - it hit my computer on April 2nd. Did a deep scan with Norton and it found a bunch of possible threat files and eliminated them but Ads by name still came up. Like others here, I then ran Malware bytes and Adw cleaner. They both found stuff but nothing has solved it yet. I've removed and reloaded Firefox 3 different times - still no luck. I have noticed that it hasn't infected Internet Explorer though - it so far seems to be fine.

Admin said...

Just a quick heads up that this adware has been detected as CrossRider by most antivirus engines. It uses quite unique technique to hide its presence in the system. Basically, it drops randomly named programs on your computer and uses Windows Tasks to run them. Here's a list of known file names: compare for fun, miss sunshine, roller coaster park, 24seven savings, helper king, yellow cabs, 48 dresses, dress4u, fun4u, fun4us, kong games, mr fun, shopping blast, summer games, trivia games, web disco, green game, winter web.

The most common processes of this adware are listed below:


You can expect to find similarly named web browser extensions on Chrome and Firefox. To remove this adware from your computer, you first need to run a full system scan with anti-malware software then reset your web browsers and check Windows Tasks folder (there shouldn't be any of the processes and jobs listed above. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

You nailed it Admin - thanks for your help. Found a "winter_web" file sitting out there in the Windows Task folder. Got rid of that and then just for fun ran a search on my C: for "Firefox". Even though I had just deleted Firefox using the uninstall command, there were still 8 or 9 files out there with the character string of "firefox". Got rid of all those too. Once I rebooted and reloaded firefox, all is good again.

história said...

i love you admin OMG thank you

Manoj said...

I really did find one program which is named File Association Helper publisher winzip .. .... ... i uninstalled it and the adds got vanished.

raj patta said...

Found it under windows task folder named help4u_notification_service.exe

deleted it and clean installed firefox cleaned the cookies of all the other browsers.
This is the only post that help me. Thank you admin.

David Carpenter said...

I am suffering from this now too! I have deleted and cleaned everything that seemed out of place. I can't find any of the above files, extensions, or tasks. Please help..

Alexander Hope said...

@Admin Well I was completely lost in trying to fix this particular problem until I had found your post. So thank you for taking the time to make it as right now it appears as though everything's working.

Admin said...

You are welcome Alexander.