How to remove Ads by BlueStacks
What is BlueStacks:
Threat Classification: Adware/PUP
BlueStacks (a.k.a. Ads by BlueStacks, BlueStacks Ads) has been developed by the BlueStack System Inc. and is considered a very dangerous adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), that contains a rogue browser extension, capable of displaying various intrusive ads, banners & pop-up ads on almost every web page by using a transparent virtual layer (transparent). The majority of the most reputable Malware Researchers from the Computer Security Industrie have classified the BlueStacks/BlueStacks Ads as an adware and a PUP, mainly because of the intrusive ads it utilizes and because of the misleading installation method it uses. BlueStacks displays pop-up boxes, advertisements, affiliate ads and sponsored links on its victims’ systems while browsing the Internet. Once installed the BlueStacks starts loading lots of intrusive, unwanted and very irritating web ads, banners and/or pop-up windows on random web pages, which you visit. The BlueStacks adware shows ads into all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see different pop-ups, banners, search suggestions, sponsored link advertisements displayed on popular pages. You might also see a little button referring you to similar products which will be offered by the PUP. The search results can also be altered, displaying information loaded with spam and third-party advertising.
BlueStacks is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. The possible distribution of BlueStacks varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove Ads by BlueStacks:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for All users) using a Professional Malware Removal Software – SpyHunter.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove Ads by BlueStacks Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect BlueStacks and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). We strongly recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter’s Installation Instructions. SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase the full version to perform an automatic removal and also to receive free professional help with any malware related queries by their technical support department.
Remove Ads by BlueStacks Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove BlueStacks Adware/PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual Removal Method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For ALL users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove BlueStacks Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to BlueStacks, Elex Browser Hijacker, Optmz.online, FullTab Adware, Cpmofferconvert.com, Showbox Ads, 1.loadblanks.ru, Search Manager, Dashlane, iReview, Media Player 1.1, Video Player, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, FBPhotoZoom, Youtube Downloader HD, DVDX Player 3.2, Fast Free Converter, SafeSaver, BetterSurf, PassShow, Websteroids, Savings Bull, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions, and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove BlueStacks from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the lower-left portion of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left portion of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-left corner), click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and will proceed with the reset. When it’s done, a new window will display all imported data. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Delete any folders or files related to BlueStacks by checking the following locations: