Feb 4, 2016

“Ads by Not set” Pop-up Removal

Does “Ads by Not set” pop-up appear on your web browser frequently and interrupt your online activities? Is your homepage suddenly changed to a weird website without your permission? If you are wondering why you’re seeing so many adverts titled with “Ads by Not set” when you use your computer and you’re online, this article will give you an answer and provide you an effective way to get rid of those annoying pop-ups completely.

“Ads by Not set” Pop-up Description:

“Ads by Not set” pop-up behaves in a manner very similar to Adware which may seem as a regular program, but in reality it can perform many annoying activities on your web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome against your will. Adware is the abbreviation for advertising-supported software that usually installs packaged with other software – especially free programs and downloads such as TV shows, music or movies. It can generate various advertisements automatically once installed in order to generate revenue for its author. So it can be the best way for its developer to generate income. This application has evil purpose. It aims to display various advertisements and misleading errors to further entice unwary users into downloading unwanted products. So you can see constant pop-ups about various deals, coupons and commercial offers titled with “Ads by Not set” or “Brought by Not set” on your computer that will never stop. Signs of this adware also involves in a sluggish system and changed internet settings. Whenever go online and try to load a page, it takes forever and your computer has to effectively load two pages – the one you want and the ads. It is definitely a nuisance that should be deleted quickly.

“Ads by Not set” Pop-up can be pretty annoying. It unwittingly alters many default settings such as browser settings, DNS settings and others without your knowledge. Also it can change your default homepage, redirect you to websites you don’t actually want to visit. Usually it will redirect you to adult, sales-focused or spyware/malware-infected websites that can compromise your internet security and privacy if you click on its ads. Therefore, it is recommended users to remove “Ads by Not set” adware as soon as it is found.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

How Do You Know Your Browser Is Hijacked?

If you open your browser window (includes IE, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.) and notice immediately that your home page has been changed to a page you do not recognize, then your browser may have been hijacked by adware. For this type of adware, it can keep giving you Ads by Not set pop-up ads. Other malicious activities can be shown on your computer after hijacked are listed below:
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.

It May Initiate the Following Symptoms:

1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar

Malicious Adware Manual Removal Guides:

“Ads by Not set” adware hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this adware completely.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since this tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”


Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button


2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once “Ads by Not set” adware is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window:


3. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.


4. Remove all the malicious files related to “Ads by Not set” ads manually.

C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

“Ads by Not set” pop-up is something unwanted and annoying because it can appear anytime on your web browser and block you from surfing the web properly, especially when you are on e-commerce websites, such as eBay or Amazon. New tab or even window with advertisement can be opened on any of your web browsers once this adware is installed. Besides, your browser may keep crashing all the time, giving you ‘not responding’ error. Removing these pop-ups is a difficult job because this type of adware will not show any presence in control panel/add or remove programs. It may not be listed there or it could give you endless error messages to prevent the removal. In some cases, “Ads by Not set” pop up can still be there even though you have reset your browser settings. In conclusion, you should get rid of it at all costs.
Note: If you are not a computer expert and have no idea how to perform the removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on February 13, 2016 2:33 am

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