Just how malicious are AdsAlert advertisements?
Okay, it is fair to say that advertising supported software – adware - is not as dangerous as some of its malware cousins but that definitely doesn't mean that you should ignore it if you have been attacked by AdsAlert adware in one of its more unpleasant guises.
Who creates adware, and why?
As mentioned, there are two sides to the advertising supported software story. When it is not harmful, it is just trying its best to get you to part with a little (or a lot of!) cash. Just in the same way that traditional print advertising does. Having said that however, this 'innocent' form of adware has a hidden dark side. And that is to really up the pressure and try and get you to spend by mainly showing you adverts for products that you will be interested in. How does it know that? Because when adware like AdsAlert was installed on your PC it also downloaded a component which watches and records which websites you visit. It goes even more in depth than this by then monitoring which goods or services you look at. It sends this data back to the adware's owner or programmer and they will subsequently customize the adverts you see to ones that reflect the products you have recently been looking at.
But regardless of whether adware is showing you "Ads by AdsAlert" for products you have a genuine interest in, or for something you really don't care about (X rated manga, anyone?) all programs have one thing in common: to drive traffic to a website and to potentially generate sales once you're there.
What other issues does AdsAlert adware create?
As if a relentless bombardment of pop-up windows wasn't annoying enough, and is if having an unknown third party track your every move wasn't invasive enough, it also slows your computer and internet connection right down. Still not enough to get upset about? How about the fact that it can destabilize your system and leave you wide open to attack by even more malware? I think you will agree with me that it's time to get rid of it. To remove adware from your computer and stop AdsAlert ads, 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, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
"Ads by AdsAlert" 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 AdsAlert 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:
- Active Discount
- 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 AdsAlert related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove AdsAlert, Active Discount, 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 AdsAlert related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove AdsAlert, Active Discount, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove AdsAlert 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.