Can’t Remove Ads by Aura “Malware”? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove Ads by Aura “Malware” that can be found at the bottom half of this article.
In the article that you are about to read on this page, you are going to learn about one particular type of software programs/applications that is famous for irritating the user with constant ads generation and page redirects during browsing. We will mainly be focusing on Ads by Aura – a recently released representative of this software group that many users have complained about. In case you currently have that on your PC, you are likely to be experiencing random page redirects while you are trying to surf the Internet. Also, your Chrome, IE, Firefox (or other) browser is probably getting spammed with all sorts of ads – pop-ups, blinking boxes, banners, box messages and so on.
We understand just how irritating and unpleasant this could be which is why we have also posted a removal guide on this page which you can find further down this article. The instructions inside the guide will show you what you will need to do so as to take away the pesky Ads by Aura app and thus prevent it from showing any more ads on your screen while you are browsing. Remember that removing the adware is pretty much the only reliable way of taking care of the ceaseless ads generation which is why we strongly advise you that you remove the unwanted software from your PC. Trying to manually close the ads will do nothing for you as the adware would simply generate new ones to take the place of the adverts that you’ve closed.
Also, know that a simply uninstallation of the adware will probably not be enough to fully eliminate it. A lot such apps have ways of getting re-installed on the browser meaning that even if you manage to remove Ads by Aura through disabling it from your browsing program, it will most likely come back to bother you the next time you try to surf the Internet. This is yet another reason why we recommend you use the instructions from the following guide or the removal tool that we have added to it. The removal program from this page is a great alternative for those of you who might not feel tech-savvy enough to complete the manual instructions from the guide.
Another reason for removing the adware
In case you are one of those users who aren’t too bothered by the ads displayed by Ads by Aura, we should also mention that there’s one other reason why removing this app from your machine is probably the most sensible course of action. Although adware programs like this one are different from Ransomware, Spyware, Rootkits, Trojans or any other type of viruses, there are still certain hazards that they might expose your PC to if you are careless around them and especially if you actually click on the ads that they tend to generate. An adware app is no virus – it is not supposed to inflict any damage on your system or mess with your personal files and information.
That said, a lot of its ads might not be as reliable as you’d like them to be. Furthermore, since a lot of times the origins of the different ads cannot be verified in any way, it’s perfectly possible that some of the advertising materials could be coming from web locations that are not only questionable but might actually be used for illegal activities such as malware distribution. Surely you wouldn’t like to land some insidious Trojan Horse infection or a Ransomware virus by accidentally clicking on some shady adware ad. Therefore, in order to simply eliminate the chances of this happening, we advise you to eradicate Ads by Aura from your computer and thus cease its ad-generating activities.
Protecting your PC and keeping it clean
One of the best cyber security tips we can give you here would be to keep your computer clean – you must make sure that there aren’t any shady and questionable programs or apps on it and this includes adware. In order to keep adware or other unwanted programs away from your computer, it is important that you don’t go to sites with shady reputation and that you don’t download stuff you are not sure is safe. Also, remember not to open attachments and links from shady online messages or spam e-mails.
Another important tip is to never rush through a program installer and to always look through its options in order to determine if there are any components that have been bundled with the main program. If you see any added elements and you think they might be unwanted, make sure you leave them out of the installation before you continue so as to prevent them from getting installed on your computer.
|Name||Ads by Aura|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most common symptom are the irritating browser ads.|
|Distribution Method||Most adware apps get distributed through malvertising and file bundling.|
Remove Ads by Aura “Malware”
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Ads by Aura software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Ads by Aura
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Ads by Aura on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Ads by Aura in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Ads by Aura and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Ads by Aura in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.