How to remove Unfreeads.com ads pop-ups?

Written by Valdis Koks

Unfreeads.com search hijacker is a kind of malware that infuses into your computer system, and after that switches the browser search engine configurations in your web browser to one which it is paid for. It likewise makes some unwanted changes that may lead to personal information leakages, as well as to other malware penetration. In this post, you will read the guideline of Unfreeads.com hijacker removal in several strategies, and additionally the procedure of making your browser like new.

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Unfreeads.com Info

Name Unfreeads.com extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Unfreeads.com hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Unfreeads.com hijacker.

The ways of injection of Unfreeads.com search hijackers are assorted. Most of them belong to the malware spreading with the malvertising or evil-minded links of different internet sites. Frequently, your system can be infected with this virus through the trojan-downloader, which is put into action to distribute various other malware. There is a single kind of this undesirable program – web browser plugin that may build into any kind of browser which supports the add-on installation2.

You will not likely install this plugin by yourself, due to the fact that their names are highly uncertain, and the capability is really questionable. The “creators” of Unfreeads.com hijacker normally specify that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the web pages already to .pdf format, or to download the whole site on your disk. It is very hard to picture if someone can be needed in such operations in 2024, when the Web access is not time-limited and every system has the ability to start the needed .docx files at Google Docs.

However, besides their uselessness, they may simply be discovered in the Chrome Web Store. Naturally, virus experts sound the alarm relating to such spam into the official source of web browser extensions, requiring the Google response – removing these extensions from their place. But they are still not hurrying to fix that security issue.

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Is the Unfreeads.com virus?

At the first sight, you may believe that these redirects are just frustrating, but not harmful. Due to this factor a lot of users are simply playing for time rather than getting rid of this malware, getting increasingly more chances of being infected with numerous other malware, which are a lot more serious than Unfreeads.com is.

Besides the changed search engine or search results, you can additionally see different ads even on those sites that do not have any type of promotions on it by default. And you can unintentionally misclick while turning off the advertisement, and start the downloading of an unidentified file, which can be a virus, or a potentially unwanted application, or perhaps ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker desire.

If your browser is damaged as a result of the Azorult trojan activity, the system may start malfunctioning in a short time – this symptome is one of the most typical in case of trojan penetration.

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How to remove Unfreeads.com?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Unfreeads.com virus injection. It is very easy to refer to the tactics of shielding your system from such irritating items as browser hijackers, however, it is very simple to be caught on this bait perhaps even being an experienced user. As it was mentioned above, this virus can hide after the attractive (at the first sight) promotion, or in packs with various other adware you can get in dozens of ways. However, regardless of the usual intricacy of the penetration methods, it is very easy to stay clear of the Unfreeads.com hijacker appearance in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Unfreeads.com.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • Make sure you have this manual tutorial constantly all set to make use of.
  • Do a back-up of all of your data, consisting of the saved logins, passwords and also various other credentials. You must support your info with a cloud back-up solution and also make sure your files are shielded from any type of kind of loss, even from the most severe infections.
  • Wait until the lasting backup procedure is over.

Step 1: Uninstall Unfreeads.com and related software from Windows

Here is a technique in few simple steps that must be able to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Unfreeads.com from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Unfreeads.com on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Unfreeads.com. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Unfreeads.com with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

Loaris Trojan Remover - show viruses

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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