What is Js/Adware.Agent.AA Application?
If you have recently been getting disturbed by a stream of ads, page-redirects, aggressively popping-up messages and blinking banners that appear all over your screen, then you may think there’s some insidious Trojan Horse or Spyware or Ransomware infection inside of your system. To your relief, the most common source of such aggressive ads exposure are not computer viruses but the so-called adware programs and applications. These pieces of software usually look like regular browser add-ons and can easily install themselves inside popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Explorer. They are entirely advertising-oriented and during the time they operate on the system, they constantly generate various sponsored ads, pay-per-click links, banners and offers on the users’ screen. If most of the promotional messages that you see are “Generated by Js/Adware.Agent.AA” or “Delivered to you by Js/Adware.Agent.AA”, then don’t worry – this is not a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware cryptovirus and you are most likely dealing with an adware app called Js/Adware.Agent.AA. This intrusive browser component is a new addition to the adware category and has been created with the idea to display a big number of advertisements on your monitor and to make you click on them. The owners of the program earn money from those clicks on a pay-per-click basis and that’s why they try to display as many of them as possible on the users’ screens.
Due to their ability to increase the exposure to various promotional contents, websites and offers, more and more adware applications are starting to get employed by different online-based businesses and marketers to promote their products, services and web pages. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, the activity of the adware may seriously interfere with the normal web surfing. That’s’ why many people prefer to uninstall this software in order to permanently remove its intrusive advertisements.
Software pieces like Js/Adware.Agent.AA, Ads by Wgx are widely distributed on the web through software bundles, different free installation managers, free download links, torrents, ads, spam messages, open source platforms, software updates and many more. The users usually don’t notice when they get installed because the adware applications are typically hidden under the advanced or the custom installation settings of the main software setup of another program. This is how users typically end up with such apps on their PCs and then start to experience their ads invasion. In terms of harmfulness, Js/Adware.Agent.AA and other similar unwanted browser components are usually incapable of causing serious system damage and, as we said above, they do not contain the malicious features of threats like Trojans, Ransomware or Viruses. However, there is hardly anything useful in keeping adware on the system. Most of the time, the users may get their searches redirected to different sponsored web locations or to irrelevant ads, which may prompt them to purchase some low-quality goods or pay for unnecessary services. Fortunately, on this page, we have an effective solution to the ads invasion caused by Js/Adware.Agent.AA – a detailed removal guide and a trusted removal tool which can help you uninstall the unwanted program and remove its ads from any browser.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may easily notice the adware thanks to the unstoppable ads that it keeps generating on your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling is the most common distribution method along with free downloads, torrents, and spam.|
Js/Adware.Agent.AA Application Removal
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Js/Adware.Agent.AA 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AA. 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AA From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Js/Adware.Agent.AA we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
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 Js/Adware.Agent.AA 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 Js/Adware.Agent.AA 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. [add_forth_banner]
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:
Getting rid of Js/Adware.Agent.AA from Chrome
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.
Removing Js/Adware.Agent.AA From Firefox
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.
Removing Js/Adware.Agent.AA From Windows Internet Explorer
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.
Removing Js/Adware.Agent.AA From Windows Edge
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 Js/Adware.Agent.AA and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Js/Adware.Agent.AA 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.