How to remove malware or adware from your device

If you’re seeing the pop-up ads on every website you visit, or if your browser’s homepage has been changed unexpectedly, it’s possible your browser has been infected by a type of malware known as adware. Adware injects ads into web pages in such a way that they can't be blocked. The only way to get rid of these ads is to remove the malware. You’ll find the basic steps for finding and removing adware and other types of malware below. (Don't forget, AdBlock can help protect you from malware!)



How To Check For Malicious Extensions


Chrome

Type about:extensions in the address bar to open the list of extensions. Remove any extensions that you don’t remember installing or that you recently installed (especially if the ads started appearing immediately after you installed it).

Safari
Open the Extensions menu by selecting Safari > Preferences > Extensions. Remove any extensions that you don’t remember installing or that you recently installed (especially if the ads started appearing immediately after you installed it).
Firefox
Type about:addons in the address bar, select Extensions. Remove any extensions that you don’t remember installing or that you recently installed (especially if the ads started appearing immediately after you installed it).
Edge
Type about:extensions in the address bar to open the list of extensions. Remove any extensions that you don’t remember installing or that you recently installed (especially if the ads started appearing immediately after you installed it).


How To Remove Malware From Your Device

Windows/PC

We recommend following the instructions on Malwaretips.com's general malware removal guide

Mac
To remove malware from your Mac, we recommend following the instructions in The Safe Mac's Adware Removal Guide.
Chromebook
Chromebooks are generally considered safe from most viruses and malware, however, they are still vulnerable to ransomware and malicious site attacks. Follow the instructions on Google’s support site to recover from this type of malware attack.
iOS
We recommend following these instructions to remove potential malware from your iOS device.
Android
We recommend following these instructions to remove malware from your Android device. 

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