How to remove “Ads by Plug_js”

What Is “Ads by Plug_js”?

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“Ads by Plug_js” is adware which places ads on your screen. This ad can lead to further infection by redirecting your browser to more unwanted ads. It is important to understand that the content of these advertisements is always misleading and deceives users. These ads can be very annoying and will significantly slow down your computer and the Internet. Of course, the main goal of “Ads by Plug_js” is to generate revenue from users. When “Ads by Plug_js” accumulate on your computer, it gets paid, and your computer becomes infected. It is also important to note that this virus will bring you some inconvenience: you will notice that ads appear where they shouldn’t be, and your browser’s homepage has changed without your permission.

Users are always surprised at the penetration of “Ads by Plug_js”, because it happens without knowledge and consent. In fact, you really won’t be able to predict how and when this virus can appear. Often, “Ads by Plug_js” gets to computers with other free software that users download from the Internet. Whenever you browse the Internet, ad from Ads by Plug_js will appear for installing additional content. All this allows developers to earn income with pay per click. You can’t forget that “Ads by Plug_js” can collect personal information about you and sell it. “Ads by Plug_js” can analyze location and websites of networks you visit, and then display ads with the types of content, products or services hosted there. All your personal information will be monitored. If you do not want information about you passed to the third parties, carefully follow instructions of our article.

How to Remove “Ads by Plug_js”

  1. Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Automatically
  2. Remove “Ads by Plug_js” From Programs and Features
  3. Delete Rogue Programs From File Explorer
  4. Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Adware From Browsers
  5. Delete “Ads by Plug_js” Notifications
  6. Get rid of “Ads by Plug_js” pop-ups and notifications on Android
  7. How to Protect Your PC From “Ads by Plug_js” and Other Adware

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Automatically:

The easiest method to stop “Ads by Plug_js” ads is to run an anti-malware program capable of detecting adware in general and “Ads by Plug_js” in particular. You may try WiperSoft; it’s good at detecting and removing adware and other PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).

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Other software that may be able to get rid of “Ads by Plug_js”
Spyhunter 5 (Windows)
Bitdefender (Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS)

If you are a user of Mac OS X, you can also try Combo Cleaner.
Note: After removing the adware you might still need to disable “Ads by Plug_js” notifications manually (see the step named Delete “Ads by Plug_js” Notifications).

You can also try to remove “Ads by Plug_js” by hand using the following instructions.

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” From Programs and Features:

Go to Programs and Features, uninstall suspicious programs, programs you don’t remember installing, or programs you installed just before “Ads by Plug_js” appeared on your browser for the first time. When you are not sure if a program is safe, look for the answer on the Internet.

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu select Settings => Control Panel.
  3. Find and click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select the program.
  5. Click Remove.

Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu select Control Panel.
  3. Find and click Uninstall a program.
  4. Select the program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu select Control Panel.
  3. Find and select Programs and Features or Uninstall a program.
  4. Select the program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8 / Windows 8.1:

  1. Press and hold Windows key Windows key and hit X key.
  2. Select Programs and Features from the menu.
  3. Select the program.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 10:

  1. Press and hold Windows key Windows key and hit X key.
  2. Select Programs and Features from the menu.
  3. Select the program.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Mac OS:

  1. On the top menu select Go => Applications.
  2. Drag an unwanted application to the Trash bin.
  3. Right-click on the Trash and select Empty Trash.

Delete Rogue Programs From File Explorer:

This step is for experienced computer users. You might accidentally delete something you weren’t supposed to.
Sometimes malicious programs don’t show up in Programs and Features. Check also %ProgramFiles%, %ProgramFiles(x86)%, and especially %AppData% and %LocalAppData% (these are shortcuts; type or copy and paste them into the address bar of File Explorer). If you see folders with unfamiliar names, see what’s inside, google those names to find out if they belong to legitimate programs. Delete the ones that are obviously associated with malware. If you are not sure, back them up before deleting (copy to a different location, for a example to a thumb drive).

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Adware From Browsers:

Remove any suspicious extensions or extension you don’t recognize from browsers.

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Adware from Google Chrome:

  1. Click on three dots menu button three dots menu at the top right corner of the window.
  2. Select More toolsExtensions.
  3. Click REMOVE to uninstall an extension.
  4. Click Remove in the dialog box.

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Adware from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click on menu button Menu button and select Add-ons.
  2. Go to Extensions tab.
  3. To uninstall an add-on, click on Remove button next to it.

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Adware from Internet Explorer:

  1. Click Tools button Tools button in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Manage add-ons.
  3. In the drop-down menu under Show: select All add-ons.
  4. To delete an add-on, double-click it; in the new window click Remove.

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Adware from Opera:

  1. Press Ctrl +Shift + E keys to open extensions manager.
  2. To remove an add-on, click on the x button next to it.
  3. Click OK when asked to confirm.

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Adware from Safari:

  1. On the top menu select Safari => Preferences.
  2. Select Extensions tab.
  3. Select an extension you want to delete and click Uninstall button next to it.

Delete “Ads by Plug_js” Notifications:

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Notifications From Google Chrome:

  1. Open chrome://settings/content/notifications (just copy this and paste into the address bar of Chrome).
  2. Delete all rogue notifications by clicking three vertical dots button next to each and selecting Remove.

Remove “Ads by Plug_js” Notifications From Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click on menu button Menu button and select Options.
  2. Select Privacy & Security on the left side of the window.
  3. Scroll down to Permissions section and click Settings… button next to Notifications.
  4. Find sites you down’t want to see notifications from, click on drop-down menu next to each and select Block.
  5. Click Save Changes button.

Get rid of “Ads by Plug_js” pop-ups and notifications on Android:

Disable “Ads by Plug_js” notifications:

Note: Steps might differ a little depending on the version of your Android.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Select Apps & notifications => Apps.
  3. Find and tap the browser that displays “Ads by Plug_js” notifications.
  4. Tap Notifications.
  5. Find “Ads by Plug_js” in the list and disable it.

Stop “Ads by Plug_js” pop-ups:

If “Ads by Plug_js” is opening on new tabs in your browser from time to time, that means you have adware. Most likely one on the apps you installed recently is causing these pop-ups. Uninstall recenly installed and suspicious apps you have. Alternatively, use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or another antivirus to scan your device for malware.
Pop-ups and ads on Android may also not be caused by anything installed but come from sites instead. To get rid of those ads, you can use an adblocker. A good and effective adblocker is Bitdefender for Android. It can block ads not only in browsers, but in games and other apps as well. Tapping the button below will start the download.

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How to Protect Your PC From Ads by Plug_js and Other Adware:

  • Get a powerful anti-malware software, capable of detecting and eliminating PUPs. Having several on-demand scanners would be a good idea too.
  • Keep Windows firewall enabled or get a third-party one.
  • Keep your OS, browsers and security utilities updated. Malware creators find new browser and OS vulnerabilities to exploit all the time. Software writers, in turn, release patches and updates to get rid of the known vulnerabilities and lesser the chance of malware penetration. Antivirus program’s signature databases get updated every day and even more often to include new virus signatures.
  • Adjust your browsers’ settings to block pop-ups and to load plug-ins only when clicked.
  • Download and use Bitdefender , uBlock Origin, Adblock or Adblock Plus browser extension/add-on to block third-party advertisements on web-sites.
  • Don’t just click on any link you see while browsing the web. That applies particularly to links in comments, on forums, or in instant messengers. Pretty often these are spam links. Sometimes they are used for increasing the traffic to websites, but often enough they will land you on pages that will try to execute a malicious code and infect your computer. Links from your friends are suspect too: the person who shares a cute video might not know that the page contains threatening script.
  • Don’t download software from unverified web-sites. You can easily download a trojan (malware that pretends to be a useful application); or some unwanted programs could get installed along with the app.
  • When installing freeware or shareware, be sensible and don’t rush through the process. Choose Custom or Advanced installation mode, look for checkboxes that ask for your permission to install third-party apps and uncheck them, read End User License Agreement to make sure nothing else is going to get installed. You can make exceptions for the apps you know and trust, of course. If declining from installing unwanted programs is not possible, we advise you to cancel the installation completely.

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