How to remove Ace Stream Media PUP

How to remove Ace Stream Media PUP

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How to remove Ace Stream Media PUP

How to remove Ace Stream Media PUP

 

What is Ace Stream Media:

Threat Classification: PUP

Our security team warned us that the Ace Stream Media Company distributes its software Ace Stream Media v3.1 using various software bundles, some of which were known to be malicious and dangerous. Although the Ace Stream Media claims that the Ace Stream Media v3.1 is free of badware, they can’t be sure if the software bundle contains some malicious or dangerous programs, because they don’t build it. Furthermore, it is known that Ace Stream Media PUP is taking over all kinds of banner and ads spaces on almost all websites, that are actually earning money from your visits, however this means that the Ace Stream Media could change your search results and take advantage of this to make some money by pointing you to their sponsored websites, links and ads – this actually happens all the time on various vendors, so it won’t be a big deal if this company chooses to take over all the ads and banners viewed by its clients! Although Ace Stream Media claims to provide many useful features, our security experts concluded that the Ace Stream Media is just another heavily dependent on its sponsored ads program, usually distributed by various dangerous software bundles, that could cause a lot of confusion or even data loss among the regular users, because of their silent or stealth installation modes, which are kept away from the eyes of the regular users! If you have Ace Stream Media installed on your computer, it is very likely that your screen is full of unwanted & very annoying ads, banners pop-up windows or other 3rd party advertisements. Ace Stream Media has been classified as a PUP by the majority of the security experts on the Internet, mainly because of the distribution method it uses – “software bundling” and because of its suspicious behavior on the user’s computer. Ace Stream Media uses a malicious browser extension, that is capable of injecting ads into almost every web page you visit, which could lead to modifying the web page design and/or its content – especially regarding the search result web pages from the major search engines! Once installed, the Ace Stream Media quickly modifies windows registry database and browser’s settings, making the recovery even harder. If you Ace Stream Media getting various web ads, claiming that they are – “By Ace Stream Media”“Ads by Ace Stream Media”, “Ace Stream Media Ads”, “Powered by Ace Stream Media”, “Brought by Ace Stream Media” or “Brought to you by Ace Stream Media” – you should consider your computer compromised and infected. The Ace Stream Media is compatible with all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might experience various pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, Ace Stream Media link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim should consider, that the search results are compromised as well, most likely overloaded with spam and other third-party advertising.

Ace Stream Media is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of Ace Stream Media varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..

The main purpose of Ace Stream Media is to generate as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of such or similar adware or malware would collect information that might be used to track your browsing habits, however often they collect much more then your web search history. Ace Stream Media may use cookies and other relevant techniques, that might be used to collect private data like account information, username, passwords, financial information including credit card and bank account numbers etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended, and needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to your private data and online security.

!!! 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 Ace Stream Media PUP:

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 the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).

Remove Ace Stream Media PUP Automatically:

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Ace Stream Media 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 & follow the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers unlimited  scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or to purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.

Remove Ace Stream Media PUP Manually:

!!! Please note: You can remove the Ace Stream Media PUP manually, however, you should proceed as your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.

1. Remove Ace Stream Media 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 Ace Stream Media, DNS Unlocker, ShowBox Ads, Arcade Swim, 1.loadblanks.ru, Searchguide.level3.com, DS.serving-sys.com, Outbrain.com, Popads.net, Cpmofferconvert.com, Dingit.tv, Optmz.online, Playbar.biz, Syndication.exoclick.com, Search Manager, Magical Find, iReview, YoutubeAdBlocker, Space Sound ProRoyalAds Policy, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, Youtube Downloader HD, DVDX Player 3.2, Easy Media Converter, SafeSaver, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Feven Pro 1.1, Couponpueke, Savings Bull, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, search for suspicious software programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.

*(Ace Stream Media -> 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 Ace Stream Media from your browser:

Internet Explorer: 

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 Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome:

Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder Chrome, together with all the folders and files within.

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 “Ace Stream Media” in the bottom-left part 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 part of the screen.

2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\   and hit Enter.

Mozilla Firefox:

1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.

2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and will reset. Once it’s done, a new window will list all the imported information. Click the Finish and Firefox will restart.

3. Delete any folders or files related to Ace Stream Media by checking the following locations:

%ProgramFiles%

%AppData%

%ProgramData%

%LocalAppData%

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