How to remove BandwidthStat Ads
What is BandwidthStat:
Threat Classification: Adware/PUP
BandwidthStat (a.k.a. BandwidthStat Ads or Ads by BandwidthStat) is an Adware that redirects infected browsers to a new website every several minutes and appears to be distributed using some suspicious software bundles, configured to install using silent or stealth installation process and is responsible for the intrusive ads shown on almost every web page the victim visits. Our malware researchers ran some tests and experiments and they conclude, that the BandwidthStat should be considered as an Adware and a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), capable of infiltrating various computers, without user’s consent. Furthermore, our malware experts warned us, that the BandwidthStat adware could modify web content and could monitor and collect various browser information, including some private browsing data like web searches, search results, IP addresses, physical locations, email addresses, usernames, passwords and financial information including credit card number etc. All this data will later be either sold or shared with some 3rd party companies, which will use it for their own marketing purposes. Our security experts are recommending all victims to remove BandwidthStat from their computers and to run a full system malware scan, using an up-to-date and reliable anti-malware product, just like the award-winning SpyHunter4. The BandwidthStat adware works with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
In general, users that have BandwidthStat adware installed on the system might experience various pop-up ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link ads or other types of commercials or pop-up ad redirects, that may claim to be “Powered by BandwidthStat“, “by BandwidthStat“, “Brought to you by BandwidthStat” or “Ads by BandwidthStat” and would be displayed on almost every web. We also strongly recommend you to consider search results also compromised and/or modified – as these are usually full of 3rd party ads and/or other Sponsored Links.
BandwidthStat is usually bundled with some popular ad-supported freeware products and is being configured to install by default, using silent or stealth installation process, while the user performs an express/default installation. That is why we strongly recommend you to always opt-out and use custom installation if possible and available. If you deselect all the unwanted (not requested by you) software from the expert/manual menu of the software bundle, you will save a lot of time, troubles and money wasted for the system recovery process. You should leave selected (included) for installation only the initially requested software. The possible distribution of BandwidthStat varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, various multimedia codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking suspicious ads or banners etc.
The main goal of BandwidthStat is to generate as much web traffic as possible, that could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. This, together with the fact, that the adware developers are trying to earn revenue from everything, including the private browsing data, they could gather and later sell is the main reason, this kind of infections should not being left unattended, and need to been terminated immediately – simply as they represent a serious threat to your online, personal and financial safety and security.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause data loss. Please, do not underestimate such threats!!!
How to remove BadwithdStat Ads:
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 BandwidthStat Ads Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
In order to detect and remove BandwidthStat, you should download and install SpyHunter, by clicking the download button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically start a malware scan, which will detect all present threats on your system. To unlock the full potential of the SpyHunter Anti-Malware Security Suite and use it as a removal tool, you need to have an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically initiate a scan and will detect all present threats on your computer.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find more about the SpyHunter Installation Process. SpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can remove the detected files, cookies and/or registry entries manually, by yourself, however we strongly recommend you to buy a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get unlimited one-on-one phone or remote support for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove BandwidthStat Ads Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove BandwidthStat Adware manually, although you should proceed at your own risk. Any of the below-mentioned interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual Removal Method has being recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all the other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove BandwidthStat 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 all entries related to BandwidthStat, FunnySearching.com, AppTrailers, RocketTab, TrailerWatch, Social2Search, From Doc To PDF Toolbar, CreateDocsOnline, MergeDocsNow, MyTransitGuide Toolbar, Trotux.com, FixIt, SafeBrowsing.biz, PlayLunar, ArcadeLoot, Gamesopolis, PC Backup 360, Safebrowsing.biz, In Motion Search, Search.bestmediatabsearch.com, TrendingUpNow, Searchguide.level3.com, Yeabests.cc, N121adserv.com, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, LiveAdExchanger.com, StartNewTab.com, NewPopTab.com, Outbrain.com, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com, Magical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, Video Converter Toolbar, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, BetterSurf, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak or any third-party add-on, extension and toolbar. We strongly recommend you to look very careful for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection, as the majority of the infections are coming together via software bundles, which usually contain multiple infections. If you find something – right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are real infections and you might not being able to remove them 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 BandwidthStat 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 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 restart browser it for the new changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire “Chrome” folder with all its content – including all the files and all the subfolders.
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 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 bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox Main 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 be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that has being imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any files or folders related to the BandwidthStat Adware by checking the following locations: