Ads.ads-ki.com is a part of adware that hijacks your web browser in order to display ads on your computer and redirect you to dodgy websites. You are probably more than well aware of what adware actually is, but if you’ve ever been infected by one of the more malicious forms of it then you’ll know just exactly what a complete pain in the neck it can be to deal with. Adware, or Advertising Supported Software, might not be as dangerous as some other types of malicious software but it can certainly be one of the most irritating ones. Some online advertising is a little bit easier to ignore than others. For example, adverts in boxes displayed at the side of the screen, links and banner ads are not quite as intrusive as pop-up or pop-under windows which promise to have you tearing your hair out in frustration. If you’ve fallen victim to an adware infection like ads.ads-ki.com and have redirects on your computer you’ll find that you’re constantly clicking on the tabs and adverts to close them – only to see them pop right back up again almost instantly when you open your web browser again. The trick is that this adware hijacks your web browser by modifying all shortcuts so that ads.ads-ki.com shows up on a startup for a short period of time and then redirects to a certain website.
This adware takes online marketing to the extreme though, for not only does it display adverts and causes browser redirects, but it also tailors those adverts towards your interests. How does it know what you’re interested in? It does this by monitoring the websites you visit and the goods, products or services that you look at on those websites. This data is then collated and sent back to the adware’s programmer who uses it to ensure that the adverts you see displayed on your screen are related to your recent searches. Naturally this increases the chances of you clicking on the ad, thus generating revenue for the advertiser, and/or traffic to their website.
Ads.ads-ki.com adware/browser hijacker is usually packaged with another program, a download, or something such as an online game. These things are usually free, but not exclusively; you may even find yourself infected by adware even if you’ve paid for the program. What happens is that when you download your file, program or game the adware is also downloaded onto your PC in conjunction with it. The adware program then installs a component which allows it to track the websites you visit.
As well as being annoying, an ads.ads-ki.com adware infestation can also have a few other not so desirable effects. The tracking component is constantly working while it spies on you, records data, and then relays it back to the programmer. This has the knock on effect of causing your computer to run slowly and make using it really rather painful. It can also cause your Internet to run sluggishly and crash.
Luckily ads.ads-ki.com is pretty obvious and you’ll know if you have been infected by it. For a start you will see lots of online advertising – pop-up adverts are dead giveaways and of course you will be redirected to various websites usually filled with adverts. To remove this adware that hijacks your web browser, please follow the steps in the removal guide below.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Ads.ads-ki.com Redirect Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won’t have to do that.
2. Remove ads.ads-ki.com related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel”.
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you’re done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove ads.ads-ki.com from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button and select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.
2. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.
3. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Close Chrome.
4. Right-click Google Chrome shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
5. Select Shortcut tab and remove “http://ads.ads-ki.com” from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Chrome executable file.
Remove ads.ads-ki.com from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.
Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.
In the search filter at the top, type: ads-ki
Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by Omiga Plus. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!
2. Right-click the Mozilla Firefox shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
3. Select Shortcut tab and remove “http://ads.ads-ki.com” from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Firefox executable file.
Remove ads.ads-ki.com from Internet Explorer:
1. Right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
2. Select Shortcut tab and remove “http://ads.ads-ki.com” from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executable file.
3. Finally, go to Tools → Internet Options and restore your home page to default. That’s it!