How to remove Ads Free Search

Ads Free Search falls under the category of browser hijacker due to its goal of taking over the preference of web user. It intends to replace the current settings on homepage and search engine to promote Adsfreesearch.com search engine. Actually, this is not really a search engine but rather a malicious domain where search inquiries of web user are diverted probably to scout for valuable information especially keywords and web user’s online preference for products or services.

When performing an online search on browser that it infected with Ads Free Search, it is noticeable that it redirects the browser program to Adsfreesearch.com before revealing the actual search result on Google. Users are not aware that in between this online data transmission, Ads Free Search was able to gather data they input on the browser. In addition, the browser code relevant to this adware is able to collect certain data aside from what was mentioned. Things like favorite website, visited online pages, IP address, and contact information are just some of the information that Ads Free Search may collect during its presence.

Apart from data gathering, Ads Free Search is very much similar to other browser hijacker as Custom Search, SearchBip, and Comet Search. Online users must know the fact that operations of these programs are not only limited to data gathering. They intend to generate revenue by displaying different types of advertisements on the internet software. Unfortunately, these are not the usual ads that web user normally encounters on legitimate site. Pop-ups originating from Ads Free Search are frequently enclosed with malicious links and harmful contents that can lead to additional adware or malware infection. Therefore, performing the immediate removal of Ads Free Search should be an urgent matter for web users.

Ads Free Search

Ads Free Search Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting hijacker and pop-ups.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Delete Ads Free Search Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to Ads Free Search.

Remove Ads Free Search Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find Ads Free Search or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

Uninstall Ads Free Search Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to Ads Free Search and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that is also gone from the homepage.

Remove Ads Free Search Add-ons from Internet Explorer and Edge Browser

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of Ads Free Search from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete from Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If Ads Free Search is still present on the IE browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups originating from , another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

5. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

6. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

7. Select Ads Free Search or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Anti-malware Program

To remove Ads Free Search automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-malware tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like Ads Free Search that assigns as the homepage URL.

1. Download the free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MBSetup.exe.

3. Proceed with the installation using only the default setup. If you need the complete setup procedure, it is available on the download page.

4. After the installation process, click Get Started to run the program.

5. Continue with the prompts until the main program opens.

6. On Malwarebytes Anti-malware console, click on Scan to run the most comprehensive detection method and find any hidden items linked to Ads Free Search.

7. Wait for the anti-malware to finish scanning the computer.

MBAM Scan

8. When scanning is done, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will display the list of identified threats. Remove all identified threats including Ads Free Search and restart the computer to finalized the scan process.

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the Ads Free Search browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat and still exists on internet application, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of Ads Free Search on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by Ads Free Search.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to Ads Free Search. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with .

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by Ads Free Search. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with Ads Free Search. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from Ads Free Search. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of Ads Free Search.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed Ads Free Search extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Ads Free Search. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. Ads Free Search should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.
2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.
3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference. Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by Ads Free Search and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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