In case that recently you have been dealing with excessive amounts of web advertisement materials, pop-ups and different sponsored page-redirects, then you should know that the most probable source of these aggressive ads is a browser hijacker called “Install Adblocker for Chrome”. This type of software is not as malicious as a malware threat like a Ransomware infection or like a scary Trojan Horse program, yet still, it may cause some major disturbance in your normal web surfing. Due to the presence of the hijacker on your computer, changes might occur in different elements of your browser like its toolbar, its homepage and its search engine. And this applies to pretty much all browsers – even the most secure browsing programs like Chrome and Firefox are not immune to all hijackers.
What is even more annoying is that its complete uninstallation could be a bit trickier than one could expect. Usually, you cannot uninstall a browser hijacker the usual way you uninstall most programs because such apps tend to lack any obvious and easily-accessible uninstallation options.
Fortunately, on this page, there is a detailed removal guide, which explains all the steps that you need to take in order to fully remove “Install Adblocker for Chrome” Pop-up and get rid of its nagging ads. This also includes the removal of the potentially unwanted changes such as the homepage or the search engine replacements, which might have been imposed by “Install Adblocker for Chrome” without your approval.
And if you don’t want to have a close encounter with apps of this type again, one of the ways to keep them away is to avoid installing software from different free platforms, torrents, ads and spam, as they may often carry a hijacker with them. To prevent their default installation, don’t forget to click on the custom/advanced option during the setup and manually disable any potentially unwanted component which might have been bundled in the package and may try to make changes to your system and your browser.
Remove “Install Adblocker for Chrome” Pop-up
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 “Install Adblocker for Chrome” 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 “Install Adblocker for Chrome”
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 “Install Adblocker for Chrome” 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 “Install Adblocker for Chrome” 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 “Install Adblocker for Chrome” and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for “Install Adblocker for Chrome” 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.
Browser hijackers – how do they work?
The Browser hijackers are commonly encountered pieces of software which are used to display a wide variety of sponsored third-party commercials (such as ads, pop-ups, banners, page-redirect links, etc.) during a regular web surfing session. Such pieces of software are not illegal and DO NOT aim to cause harm to your computer or to infect it with nasty viruses like Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware and other harmful threats. Instead, their purpose is to expose you to as many ads as possible and to make you click on certain sponsored links which can bring pay-per-click income to their developers. The aggressive ad-generation behavior of applications like “Install Adblocker for Chrome” Pop-up can be explained with this strive for more pay-per-click profits. Therefore, for as long as they operate on the computer, the browser hijackers will try to constantly redirect your web searches to some predefined web locations or to install some sponsored search engines, homepage domains and toolbars on your main browser. The most effective way to get rid of their activity and to remove their nagging ads and browser changes is to uninstall them completely. And this is highly recommended if you want to save yourself from the constant disturbance and the exposure to random pop-ups and unfamiliar sites with questionable content.
|Name||“Install Adblocker for Chrome”|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Aggressive ads and automatic page-redirects may start to disturb your normal web surfing|
|Distribution Method||Usually, the program gets distributed via software bundling, torrents, free installers, and automatic setups.|
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.