What is AdsKeeper

Note: In this article we merged two similar removal guides – for advertising browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox called “AdsKeeper”, and malicious website, that shows unwanted notifications called “Adskeeper.co.uk”, as they are supposedly have one origin.

Although AdsKeeper is an absolutely legitimate service in advertising networks, its capabilities can be abused by potentially unwanted programs to generate intrusive and dangerous ads. If you see loads of banners hanging across the entire homepage or other websites, then you have adware infection on your PC that initiated those changes. Ads generated by unwanted programs usually contain “clickbait” headlines to force users onto opening them. In fact, the redirected page can be completely different from what you were intended to see (adult pages, free file-hosting resources, P2P networks, etc.). Such redirects can cause various privacy issues because your data may be collected by cybercriminals and stolen away with revenue purposes. To secure your data, you may use our free removal guide in the article below.

adskeeper.co.uk ads and pop-ups

How AdsKeeper infected your computer

The most efficient way that allows extortionists to promote potentially unwanted programs is via bundled software. They load up “Advanced”, “Custom” or similar sections with optional offers like adware or browser hijackers. During the setup, users might not know about unwanted programs because they rush straightforward until the final step of the installation. Furthermore, the adware can infiltrate your system through malicious pages that are typically opened due to clicking on dubious ads. Do not open anything unfamiliar and pay close attention to details when downloading unofficial software, even if they seem to be marginal.

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

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To remove AdsKeeper completely, we recommend you to use Combo Cleaner. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of AdsKeeper and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of Combo Cleaner offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Remove AdsKeeper manually for free

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

Disable push notifications from adskeeper.co.uk in browsers

Remove adskeeper.co.uk from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Google Chrome

  1. Go to Google Chrome settings, by clicking 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choosing Settings.
  2. Open advanced settings by clicking Advanced in the bottom.
  3. Under opened Privacy and security tab, choose Content settings.
  4. Click on Notifications menu (with the bell icon).
  5. Set up preferred overall settings for push notifications and click Manage exceptions… button.
  6. Find adskeeper.co.uk in the list and click cross icon to remove it. Click Done button to confirm the action.

Remove adskeeper.co.uk from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Go to Mozilla Firefox options, by clicking 3-bars icon in the top-right corner and choosing Options.
  2. Choose Content tab on the left side.
  3. Under Notifications, set up preferred overall settings for push-notifications and click Choose… button.
  4. Find adskeeper.co.uk in the list and click Remove site to remove it.
  5. Click Safe Changes button to confirm the action.

Remove adskeeper.co.uk from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Safari

  1. Open Safari, and in the top menu click Safari, choose Preferences.
  2. In the Preferences window, click on Websites tab.
  3. On the left side, choose Notifications. You will see the list of websites and their settings for showing notifications.
  4. Find adskeeper.co.uk in the list and click Remove button.

Remove adskeeper.co.uk from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Android (Chrome)

  1. Open Google Chrome app on Android, and tap on three dots to open main menu.
  2. In the drop-down menu choose Settings, scroll down and under Advanced section tap on Site Settings.
  3. In the Site Settings menu tap on Notifications.
  4. In the Allowed list of websites allowed to show notifications find adskeeper.co.uk, tap on it and in the bottom of the window tap on Clean & Reset button.
  5. Confirm your action by tapping on Clean & Reset again in opened dialog box.

Remove adskeeper.co.uk from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and click on the three-dots menu, in the top-right corner.
  2. In the drop-down menu choose Settings, and in the left part click Advanced.
  3. Under Website permissions section, click Manage permissions button.
  4. Find adskeeper.co.uk in the list and click on the cross sign to remove the setting and disable its notifications.

Note: AdsKeeper can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove AdsKeeper from Control Panel

To start removing AdsKeeper you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “AdsKeeper” or “adskeeper.co.uk”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use CleanMyPC to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Mac.

Remove AdsKeeper from Mac:

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

Remove AdsKeeper from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find AdsKeeper or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove AdsKeeper from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find AdsKeeper or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove AdsKeeper 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 AdsKeeper or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove AdsKeeper from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall AdsKeeper 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 AdsKeeper or other suspicious program 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 AdsKeeper or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall AdsKeeper

In some cases, AdsKeeper won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall AdsKeeper. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the AdsKeeper 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 AntiMalware or uninstall AdsKeeper 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 AdsKeeper or other suspicious program

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

and for Mac:

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

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

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

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

Safari:

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

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find AdsKeeper or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon 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. Choose AdsKeeper or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. 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 AdsKeeper from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable AdsKeeper, 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 AdsKeeper or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

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

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find AdsKeeper or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

AdsKeeper installs a search engine (adskeeper.co.uk), that hijacks your browsers. Here is the instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

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Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like AdsKeeper 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-virus programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like AdsKeeper.