How to remove Hosts Ads

How to remove Hosts Ads

How to remove Hosts Ads

 

What is Hosts:

Threat Classification: PUP/Adware

Hosts (a.k.a. Hosts Adware, Hosts Ads or Ads by Hosts) by Irismedia is a bogus and deceptive application, that often lands on user’s computer after stealth installation by some suspicious software bundle, which usually contains a questionable installer, which goal is to load an adware on your computer. After a closer review our security researchers classified Hosts as an Adware and a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), that uses the annoying intrusive ad marketing and may also collect various private browsing dataHosts appears to be related with the RocketTab as it usually stated “RocketTab Powered by hosts” on its web ads! Our malware researchers found out, that the Hosts Ads are generated by a malicious browser extension, installed under stealth or silent mode by suspicious software bundles, without user’s consent or any other permission. If your web browser start showing you lots of irritating ads, claiming to be by Hosts, RocketTab by Hosts, Ads by Hosts, Hosts Ads, Ad by Hosts, Powered by Hosts, Brought by Hosts, Optimized by Hosts or Brought to you by Hosts – you should consider your system compromised and infected by the Hosts adware. We strongly advise you to clean your computer as soon as possible to prevent further damage or even data loss, using the award-winning, anti-malware product SpyHunter4The Hosts works with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Generally, users that have it installed on their systems experience various pop-up ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link ads or other types of commercials, which have being displayed on almost every requested web page. We advise you to consider the search results also compromised and/or manipulated – usually they are full of 3rd party ads and/or other Link SPAM.

Hosts is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported products and has being installed by default, 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 software bundle installer process will save you a lot of time, troubles and money wasted for the recovery process. You should leave selected (included) for installation only the initially requested software. The possible distribution of Hosts 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 Hosts is to generate as much web traffic as possible, that could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of that or similar adware will collect private information from your computer, that might be used to track your browsing habits, IP addresses, Bookmarks, Usernames, Passwords and even financial information, however often they collect much more than just that. That is why these kinds of infections should not being left unattended, and need to been terminated immediately, as they present 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!!!

Removal Process:

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).

Automatic Hosts Removal:

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

In order to detect and remove Hosts, 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.
Manual Hosts Removal:

!!! Please note: You can remove Hosts 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 Hosts 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 Program List for all entries related to Hosts, MyStartPage1.ru, MPC Cleaner, OnlineAppBestOffers, MySafeSavingsRocketTabWzscnet.comSearch.mpc.am, ArcadeCookie, HPrewriter2, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.comChumSearchGetFormsOnline Toolbar, LiveAdExchanger.comPC Backup 360,  Ps4ux.com, Search.epolife.com, Searchguide.level3.comSafeSurfs.com, SpaceSoundProSmartsputnik.ruYeabests.cc or any third-party add-on, extension and toolbar. We strongly recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection, because most likely they came together via some software bundle. 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 Hosts 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 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.

Google Chrome:

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 sub-folders.

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.

Mozilla Firefox:

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 Hosts by checking the following locations:

%ProgramFiles%

%AppData%

%ProgramData%

%LocalAppData%

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