What is Ad Avenger

Ad Avenger is a dubious browser extension operating as browser hijackers and adware. Initially, this browser extension is designed to alleviate users’ experience by removing third-party ads. Unfortunately, Ad Avenger is unwanted and it is recommended against relying on its features. This is because it is distributed using dubious methods like bundling. It also generates additional ads from its side to gain traffic and stimulate profits. Furthermore, unwanted software like browser hijackers and adware may access your browser sessions to track sensitive data like passwords, IP addresses, geolocations, and everything else. Based on these threats, it is advised to remove Ad Avenger before it causes more problems to your privacy and system as well. You can use our guide below to delete it fast and without traces.

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How Ad Avenger infected your computer

Ad Avenger is placed on a third-party website promoting separate updates for the Google Chrome browser. However, since users are less likely to visit this website on their own, Ad Avenger is also spread together with other third-party software. It is usually hidden in pirated, cracked, or simply freeware program installers. Users may see browser hijackers are desktop apps offered to be installed in addition to the main program. There are often “Advanced” and “Custom” sections responsible for storing promotional offers. Thus, to prevent such extensions from being installed, it is important to be more attentive and deselect third-party offers inside of these sections. Sometimes controlling yourself may get out of a hand and lead to inadvertent infections. This is why it is worth equipping your system with high-tier antimalware software to combat threats like Ad Avenger or more dangerous malware in the future. Follow our tutorial below to learn more about this.

  1. Download Ad Avenger Removal Tool
  2. Remove/Uninstall Ad Avenger from Control Panel and Applications
  3. Remove Ad Avenger extensions from browsers
  4. Remove files, folders and registry keys of Ad Avenger
  5. Block Ad Avenger search redirects
  6. How to protect from threats like Ad Avenger

Download Removal Tool for Windows

Download Removal Tool

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To remove Ad Avenger completely, we recommend you to use WiperSoft AntiSpyware from WiperSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Ad Avenger and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Download Removal Tool for Mac

Download CleanMyMac

To remove Ad Avenger completely, we recommend you to use CleanMyMac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Ad Avenger and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from browsers.

Remove Ad Avenger manually for free

Here is the manual step-by-step tutorial for full Ad Avenger removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of the Ad Avenger installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Ad Avenger from Control Panel or Applications

To start removing Ad Avenger you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names, but commonly “Ad Avenger”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller or CleanMyMac to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11 and Mac.

Remove Ad Avenger from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Ad Avenger.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Ad Avenger from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Ad Avenger and click Uninstall.

Remove Ad Avenger from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Ad Avenger, click Uninstall.

Remove Ad Avenger from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Ad Avenger from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Ad Avenger in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Ad Avenger in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Remove Ad Avenger from Windows 11:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the Apps tab on the left side.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Ad Avenger in the list.
  5. Click on 3-dots icon near it and then click Uninstall button near it.
  6. Depending on the type of application (Windows Store app or classic Win32 app) it will be removed immediately or you will need to confirm the action and go through standard uninstall procedure.

Remove Ad Avenger from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Ad Avenger might have an Uninstaller.
  3. Otherwise, drag Ad Avenger from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Cannot uninstall Ad Avenger in Windows

In some cases, Ad Avenger won’t uninstall and gives you a message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Ad Avenger. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Ad Avenger folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall Ad Avenger in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting type F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Ad Avenger

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Cannot uninstall Ad Avenger in MacOS

If you can’t uninstall Ad Avenger from MacOS using the instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Ad Avenger. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Ad Avenger from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Ad Avenger.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Ad Avenger from Control Panel often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has a browser extension and it may still be active in Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Ad Avenger extension from your browsers manually.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find Ad Avenger extension.
  4. Click the Remove button to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Find Ad Avenger extension.
  4. Click three-dots icon near it and choose Remove in the menu.
  5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
  6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find Ad Avenger extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Microsoft Edge:

  1. Start Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) edge://extensions.
  3. Find Ad Avenger extension.
  4. Click Remove link under the name of extension.
  5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
  6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Ad Avenger from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling the program from Control Panel. To disable Ad Avenger, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable or Ad Avenger related extension.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Ad Avenger does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser and click on Opera icon in the top-left corner.
  2. Choose Extensions > Extensions.
  3. Find Ad Avenger related extension.
  4. Click Details button and scroll down to the bottom.
  5. Click Remove extension link and confirm the action by clicking Remove button on opened dialog window.
  6. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Remove following files, folders and registry keys

Files and folders:


C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\aabcnnmihfbpfblmeflmggaccdjlpfpp

Registry keys


HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|aabcnnmihfbpfblmeflmggaccdjlpfpp

How to block ads and pop-ups from Ad Avenger

Ad Avenger push notifications, in most cases, are caused by a program installed on your PC or an add-on installed in browsers. However, sometimes it can appear on a clean computer when visiting a malicious website, using an advertising script. Also, apps that generate “Ad Avenger” ads and banners are themselves installed from pop-ups. To protect your PC and browsers from phishing websites, pop-up ads, banners, malicious scripts it is recommended to use AdGuard. Download free trial here:

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How to protect from threats, like Ad Avenger – final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs, like Ad Avenger, may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and anti-malware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats, like Ad Avenger.

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