Internet Explorer is the standard browser of Windows and almost one of the most used browsers, and therefore also a popular target for installing adware and other untwanted extensions. In this article “How to remove Adware from Internet Explorer” we will explain how to easily remove any adware or Potentially Unwanted Programs from Internet Explorer.
When Internet Explorer is affected by unknown extension or adware, you may experience frequent pop-up ads and redirects to malicious domains. Remove any adware or Potentially Unwanted Programs from Internet Explorer using the guide below. We recommend strongly to create a systemrestore point before you start with re removal proces.
How to remove Adware from Internet Explorer
- Start Internet Explorer and click on top menu and go to the Tools option, select Manage Add-ons from the list. It will open a window showing add-ons currently installed.
- On the left panel of this windows, select the option Toolbars and Extensions. On the right panel, choose the adware or any Potentially Unwanted Programs and items and click on Disable.
- In the same windows, select the option Search Providers on left side. On the right panel, choose Google, Bing or any preferred Search Engine and click then on Set as default.
- Select adware related search engine , and click on Remove.
- Next, change your home page to a preferred web address of your choice. Go to Tools, select Internet Options.
- Under General tab, locate the ‘Home page’ section. Type your preferred address like www.google.com to be the new home page replacing the corrupt adware. Click OK button to save the changes and close this window.
- Start Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top right, and then click on Internet Options.
- In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
- In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
- When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
- Close and open Internet Explorer and check everything is fixed as well.
How to remove Adware from Internet Explorer
All tools used in our malware removal guides are completely free to use and should remove any trace of malware from your computer.
Please be aware that removing Malware is not so simple, and we strongly recommend to backup your personal files and folders before you start the malware removal process.
1. Run a scan with AdwCleaner to remove the Adware
- Download AdwCleaner (from the download button above) to your desktop.
- Important! Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers.
- Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to start the program
- Windows Vista/ 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
- Click on the scan button,
- When the scan is ready click on the Clean butten.
- Your desktop icons will be disappear, this is normal so don’t be worry about that.
- 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.
- Close the text file that opens after the restart, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
- Click now on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove AdwCleaner from your computer.
2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is a surprisingly effective anti-malware program that let you check the presence of malware. But Malwarebytes has also a very strong detection of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP’s), only the PUP detection will show up unchecked on the results list by default. You have to manually check them for removal.
Tip: If you want more advanced features and the real-time protection you can purchase the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware that will protect you from being infected.
- Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (from the download button above) to your desktop.
- Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
- At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
- Then click Finish. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
- Once the program has loaded, select Perform full scan, then click Scan.
- When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
- Be sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on Remove Selected.
- You can use the right mousbutton to check the ‘Check all items‘ option before you click on Remove Selected
- When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
- If you accidently close it, the log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab.
- Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts.
- Click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process.
- If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
- After the restart in Normal mode, start Malwarebytes Anti-Malware again and perform a Quick scan to verify that there are no remaining threats.
3. Run a scan with HitmanPro to remove remnants of adware
- Please download HitmanPro to your desktop from one of the download buttons above.
- Double click on HitmanPro to start the program, if you are experiencing problems while trying to start HitmanPro, you can use the Force Breach mode.
- To start HitmanPro in Force Breach mode, hold down the left CTRL-key when you double click on HitmanPro and all non-essential processes will be terminated, including the malware processes.
- HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
- The program will start to scan the computer. The scan will typically take no more than 2-3 minutes.
- Click on the next button and choose the option activate free license
- Click on the next button and the infections where will be deleted.
- Click on the next button and restart the computer.
4. Remove adware with Zemana AntiMalware
Zemana AntiMalware is a second opinion cloud based malware scanner that let you check the presence of malware. But it has also a very strong detection of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP’s), only the PUP detection will show up unchecked on the results list by default. You have to manually check them for removal.
Tip: If you want more advanced features and the real-time protection you can purchase the premium version of Zemana AntiMalware that will protect you from being infected.
- Download Zemana AntiMalware (from the download button above) to your desktop.
- Double-click “Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.exe” and follow the prompts to install the program.
- After the installation you will see the main screen of Zemana AntiMalware as shown below.
- Select the Deep Scan and then click the Scan button.
- When the scan is complete, click Next and the infections where will be deleted.
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