This past week all of the browsers on my computer (IE/Chrome/Firefox) have been experiencing random onclickads.net popup ads upon click on many websites. These occur when I click somewhere on the website page and happens on almost all websites I go to. The popup usually goes to “onclickads.net” then redirects to other ads. I tried some methods like reinstalling browsers and scanning the system with security tools but none of them worked. The annoying pop-up ads still show up when I use the web browsers. I guess that problem may be caused by adware or other malware. Is there any idea? How can I get rid of the ads?
Keep being redirected onclickads.net and then other unwanted websites? Annoyed by the pop-up ads but find no effective way to fix the problem? If so, consider use a specialized malware removal tool to clean up the threat immediately.
What is onclickads.net?
Similar to Wonderlandads.com, Blinkx.com and Shmokiads.com, Onclickads.net is associated with adware. If you keep being redirected to this website then other websites with ads, it’s very likely that your computer has been infected with adware. Adware or other potentially programs may get into your PC by being bundled with other free applications without your knowledge and change the browser internet settings and other settings without permission. Many popular web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari could be affected. The website may show up on your web browsers if you have OnClickAds or other relevant products installed on the PC. The adware may be installed as a browser add-on/extension and modify the browser settings, such as the default homepage and new tab, and inject advertisements into web pages you visit. When you start the web browser, you may be forced to visit Onclickads.net (as the screenshot shown below) and then other websites.
From the screenshot above, we can find that OnClick is powered by Propeller Ads Media and the url is detected by at least one URL scanner or malicious URL dataset and used by ad network Propeller Ads Media for ad serving. In fact, the website typically redirects users to other gambling sites, or websites contain adware bundles or fake tech support alerts. According to VirusTotal, a free virus, malware and URL online scanning service, the site is not recommended because it displays advertisements to users and result in poor browsing experience.
Many users complain that this website deliver them annoying pop up ads and bring them into websites with viruses and scams even if they don’t click on the on anything when the ads open. Sometimes it redirects you from “usual” links on FaceBook to other websites or even apps in AppStores, which you would not expect. Please note that the website hosts lots of deceptive advertising practices like fake virus alerts or software update. Onclickads.net is used for ad serving and it does just what the domain name suggests. This site doesn’t care what it links to. It may redirect you to legitimate websites or malicious websites randomly and its developers can get paid once you click on the ads promoted. Be cautious and never be fooled by the scams promoted by it, such as the bogus security warning below:
Keep away from such pop-ups and never click on them, otherwise other adware, spyware or even Trojans may be downloaded and installed on your PC. Moreover, the website may also monitor your browsing activities and collect online data from you for marketing/commercial purposes. As a result, you will receive many advertisements based on what you’ve searched for when using the web browsers.
Why onclickads.net popup ads show up on your PC?
Usually, the ads displayed/promoted by this site occur due to some adware installed on your PC. You may get the adware programs when downloading and installing other third-party free applications, especially those from malicious websites, from the Internet. The adware or other potentially unwanted programs typically enter users’ computers secretly by using the “bundling” method. Some freeware are not really free, indeed. To make profits, developers of the freeware may bundle adware or other items that users don’t expect to install with the products.
In addition, the adware can be included in the End User License Agreement documents of freeware and you accept to install it unwittingly if you don’t pay attention to the EULAs when installing a new piece of software.
Thus, to avoid such unwanted pop-up ads, here’re several tips for you:
Always choose the Custom or Advanced Install option if there is when you install a new program. Before installing a new program that you’re not familiar, you’d better do a search for it and see if it is reputable and then go to its official website to download it if it is OK. Keep away from those download sites that have bad reputation. Disselect the additional programs that are offered during the installation process. Usually, they are selected by default and will be installed if you keep clicking on Next button without unchecking the boxes of them.
It’s necessary to read the ELUAs carefully when you install a new program. Some unwanted content like Onclickads.net may be mentioned the user agreements of the program. You can cancel the installation if you find any harmful or unwanted items in the EULAs and then find another instead.
In addition, keep an advanced and comprehensive anti-malware program on the PC. Antivirus software is able to protect your PC from various cyber infections and block malicious websites. With it, malware can be detected and removed timely.
How to remove onclickads.net popup ads completely?
The removal guide below shows you how to delete the adware and remove the popup ads effectively. Since the ads are caused by adware, you need to uninstall the adware first and then reset the browser settings. If the ads still exist, use professional malware removal tool instead.
Step1. Uninstall Onclickads.net related programs from Windows
Click on Start button in the lower left corner of the screen and click on Settings.
Click on System in the Settings screen.
Click on Apps &Features on the left side and all the installed programs will appear on the right side.
Select the unwanted program and click on Uninstall button.
A window will pop up soon and you need to click on Uninstall button to confirm it.
Right click on the Start button in the lower left-hand corner to open the Start Context Menu. If you use Windows 8, hover the cursor in the bottom-left corner of the screen until the Start button shows up and then right click on it.
Select Programs and Features in the menu.
Programs and Features window will appear. Select OnClickads or other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs and click the Uninstall button.
Then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the uninstallation.
Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
Click on the Programs and Features (View by: Large Icons) or Uninstall a program under Programs (View by: Category).
A list of all installed programs will be displayed, select the one that may cause Onclickads.net pop-up ads and click the Uninstall button.
Follow the prompts to complete the software removal.
Click the Start button and choose Control Panel.
Double click on the Add/Remove Programs.
Find and select any suspicious program and click the Change/Remove button.
Complete the uninstallation by following the prompts on the screen.
Note: If you can’t find any adware programs related to Onclickads.net pop-up ads in the Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features, you may consider using a professional malware removal tool to detect and remove the threats completely.
Step2. Remove Onclickads.net or other suspicious add-ons/extensions from browsers
The browser redirection and pop-up ads problems may also be caused by certain unwanted browser extension/add-on. If your browser is infected, follow the instructions below to check the browser extension list and remove any harmful one if found.
- Click on Tools or the IE menu button, and then select Manage Add-ons.
- In the Manage add-ons window, click on Toolbars and Extensions under Add-on Types on the left panel and then click the “Show” box and ensure it is set to “All add-ons.”. All your installed toolbars and add-ons in IE will be showed on the right panel.
- Find any one that was installed without consent recently, select it and click on the Remove button.
- Click on the Chrome menu button in the top right corner of the browser, select More Tools -> Extensions.
- In the chrome://extensions/ page, search for any extension that may bring Onclickads.net ads and remove it by clicking on the chrome-trashcan-icon next to it.
- Click on Tools on the menu bar (If the menu bar doesn’t show up, right click on the top bar of the browser and select Open menu bar.) and select Add-ons. Or click on the Mozilla Firefox menu button in the top right corner of the browser and then select Add-ons.
- In the Add-ons Manager page, click on Extensions on the left side.
- Find any strange add-on that may result in the browser problems and remove it by clicking on Remove button next to it.
Alternatively, you can restore the browser settings to their original settings to repair the add-ons, homepage and search engine and other settings that were modified by the adware. Resetting the browser settings to defaults may fix Onclickads.net pop-up issues. See How to Restore Your Browser to Default Settings?
Step3. Check if your router is infected
Cybercriminals can exploit lackadaisical manufacturers and attack large amounts of routers. In this way, they can take the opportunity to change the DNS server setting on your router, pointing it at a malicious DNS server. Or they just inject advertisements, redirect search results, or attempt to install drive-by downloads. When you use the web browsers, you may be redirected to a phishing site or encounter frequent pop-up ads or browser redirection. If you suspect that your router has been compromised, follow the steps below to check your router’s DNS servers:
- Access your router’s web-based setup page.
- Sign in with your router’s username and password.
- In the WAN or Internet connection settings screen, locate to “DNS” setting.
- Usually it’s set to “Automatic” if you didn’t set it to specific DNS servers before. If it’s set to “Manual” and some custom DNS servers that you don’t recognize show up there, it could very well be a problem.
Note: Google DNS is 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 and OpenDNS is 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199. They are good alternative DNS servers and it’s OK to use either of them.
- If you suspect that the DNS servers are problematic, perform a web search for the DNS server addresses and see whether they’re legitimate or not. If they are malicious, change the setting to automatically obtain the addresses, save the changes and reboot your router.
Note: To be safe, wipe your router’s settings and factory-reset it before setting it back up again.
Step4. Check your browser’s shortcut path
If adware makes some changes in the properties of your browser shortcut, the browser may also be hijacked and redirect you to specific websites. To make sure the browser’s shortcut hasn’t been affected, follow the steps below to open the browser properties and delete harmful texts from the Target line.
- Find the IE/Firefox/Chrome browser shortcut on your desktop. Right click on it and select Properties.
- In the Properties window, select the Shortcut tab and ten have a look at the Target line. By default, the text in Internet Explorer is “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”.
Google Chrome is “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” (32 bit)
Or “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” (64-bit)
Mozilla Firefox is “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” (32-bit )
Or “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” (64-bit).
If you see OnClickAds.net or other strange content in the Target line, please delete them and then click on OK button to save the changes.
Step5. Scan and remove OnClickAds.net with SpyHunter
Download SpyHunter setup file on a safe computer which is not infected.
Copy the downloaded file to your computer and then run it on your PC. When a dialog box pops up as below, click the Run button.
Select the language you prefer and click the OK button.
Click CONTINUE to proceed.
Click I accept the EULA and Policy and click the INSTALL button.
Now SpyHunter is being installed on your PC. Just for a few time.
Once SpyHunter is successfully installed on your PC, click the EXIT button.
Then, boot your PC into the Safe Mode. After you access the desktop, double click the icon of SpyHunter to run it on your PC. On its main screen, click the Scan Computer Now button to do a full system scan.
SpyHunter now will start scanning the entire system for any existing threats.
When the scanning is done, SpyHunter will show you all detected threats. Click the Fix Threats button if you want to remove all found threats.
After all threats are completely deleted from your PC, restart your PC.
Note: SpyHunter is a free virus scanner. You need to purchase its full version to completely wipe out the popup ads and other infections. If you have any trouble after removing malware, please contact our one to one support.
Step6. Double-check OnClickAds.net using Plumbytes
Plumbytes is a tool that detects and annoying browser toolbars or extensions, spyware, browser hijackers, ad injects and other types of malware. This tool is good at restoring your hijacked browser, search engine, and home page, and constantly monitoring your computer’s security. If your browser often shows you annoying OnClickAds.net ads, follow the steps below to fix it by using Plumbytes.
- Click here to download Plumbytes.
- Run the downloaded file to start the installation. Follow the instructions on the screen complete the installation. The installation process usually takes merely a few seconds.
- Once installed, Plumbytes starts to scan your system for malware automatically. The scanning may last for several minutes.
- When the scan is completed, all the threats on your PC are displayed in the scan results. You can see Search.searchdirma.com and other threats are showed there. To clear the infections and protect your PC, click on the REMOVE SELECTED button.
- This is also a free malware detection utility. You need to purchase its full version to completely clear all the infections.
OnClickAds.net is associated with adware that can tamper with your browser settings and forces you to visit unwanted sites. It may also collect your personal information for commercial purposes. If your computer is infected with this threat, your browsing experience will be affected and the computer performance may become slow. Various annoying advertisements promoted by the website will show up when you use the web browsers.
Sometimes the website can be deleted with ease by uninstalling malicious freeware or repairing browser settings. But sometimes the pop-up ads won’t be removed unless you have a virus scan. If your browser is often redirected to OnClickAds.net and other unwanted sites, please first manually and uninstall suspicious software and reset the browser settings. If it doesn’t work, we strongly suggest you download and install a specialized Onclickads.net removal tool to safely and fully remove the malware.
The following video offers a complete guide for Onclickads.net removal. You’d better watch it in full-screen mode!