You may normally come across web ads during your regular surfing but sometimes you might notice that the ads start to pop-up on literally every legitimate website that you visit, even on pages that typically do not show commercial content. In such a case, the first thing you should check for is whether you have any adware installed on your system. This type of software typically looks similar to a new browser add-on or a toolbar and may get added toh browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer as well as to others. In most of the cases, it becomes part of the system after the user has installed an application bundle, a plug-in, or a browser-extension on their computer, without carefully checking the setup settings. An adware can quickly become very annoying and can also prevent you from visiting your favorite web pages by constantly interrupting your web surfing with sponsored ads, pay-per-click messages and automatic page-redirects. Such software usually generates pay-per-click revenue for its creators from the ads that it displays and that is why it will likely not cease to spam your screen with commercial messages until you get it uninstalled.
On this page, we will show you how to take care with one particularly invasive and annoying adware application which goes under the name of FolderShare. If you have noticed that most of your ads are “delivered by FolderShare” or “generated by FolderShare”, then take a look at the instructions that follow and use them to remove the nagging ads and to fully uninstall their source. Do not worry if you are not a very experience user because this software is relatively easy to deal with since it lacks the harmful features of a Trojan horse virus or a Ransomware infection. That’s why, if you carefully follow the steps or use the suggested removal tool that we’ve added to the guide, you should be able to easily deal with it without any negative consequences for the system.
The risks, related to keeping adware on your system:
Adware is not malicious on its own and cannot initiate acts of crime like data theft, file or system corruption or similar nasty deeds. Its creators are not criminals but are usually online advertisers and marketers who are use such software to promote their items. Still, in their attempts to make you click on their ads, you may come across some randomly generated links, which may not be reliable. An application like FolderShare “Virus”, for instance, may not be fatal for the overall health of your system, but may display sketchy ads, redirect you to suspicious web pages or domains that prompt you to download and install suspicious software or to buy some low-quality products. Generally, if you have any doubts about the legitimacy of any ad or message generated by the adware, it is best to ignore the suggestions for downloading/installing the applications and avoid clicking on the promotional links. You can also permanently remove them by uninstalling the advertising software with the help of the removal guide above or by scanning your PC with a professional removal tool. Such software will detect any potentially unwanted applications that may cause ads disturbance as well as check the computer for hidden security threats like viruses, Trojans and Ransomware
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may face aggressive ads on every site you visit, as well as pop-ups and banners all over your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Commonly distributed with free installers, program bundles, automatic setups, torrents, free download links, ads.|
Remove FolderShare “Virus”
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 FolderShare 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.
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 FolderShare 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 FolderShare in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 FolderShare and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for FolderShare 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.