How to Remove Free Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated


I wrote this article to help you remove Free Virus. This Free Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

IT specialists categorize the Ads by Free tool as adware. It is incredibly sneaky and can ruin your browsing experience by bombarding you with numerous intrusive ads and pop-ups. Often such advertising content will be in the form of exclusive deals and offers, special sales and coupons, blinking messages, in-text adverts, fake update requests, etc.

Adware is a very annoying type of malware that infects the victim’s browser. It is able to get a hold of your browsing history, habits and search queries, in order to provide targeted advertisement that the user is most likely to click on. This is done with one purpose – to profit via the pay-per-click method. It is a very successful strategy. That’s why you must be careful and avoid clicking on ads that seem too good to be true because in reality – they are.

Malicious software such as the Ads by Free ‘virus’ often gets spread by spam email messages, email attachments and executable files, bundled software, fake updates, corrupt torrent files, dubious links and ads, etc. We always recommend our users to avoid opening spam emails from unknown senders. Especially if they include attachments or executable files. More often than not, such messages are infected by malware that seeks access to your computer. It is possible for such spam messages to claim to be sent from reliable sources like PayPal, eBay, Amazon, etc. In reality, they are not.

Also, when you download software from the internet, it is best to opt for Custom or Advanced mode in the Setup Wizard. This will allow you to view the real content of a software bundle and you can easily deselect any program or application that seem suspicious to you deem unnecessary.

Adware is not generally considered to be very dangerous, but that doesn’t mean that you should underestimate it. Behind the ads generated by the Ads by Free ‘virus’ may lurk dangerous threats. You might be one click away from allowing viruses on your computer system like Trojan Horses, worms or even ransomware! There is no way of knowing where those adverts will redirect you to. That’s why it is best to just avoid clicking on them altogether. Still, that will not resolve the issue at hand. You must remove the adware responsible for this advertisement menace and you need to do it soon! The longer this malware stays on your computer – the worse it will get.

At some point, your browser will get too flooded with ads that it won’t be able to keep up. It will reach to a point where victims of this adware will experience frequent browser crashes and slow overall performance, making any work via the web impossible. You need to proceed with the immediate removal of this malicious parasite as soon as possible! We can help you in this task. All you have to do is follow our detailed instructions below.

Free Virus Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still cannot remove Free Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.


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