does anyone know how to remove adchoices spam from opera

  • Does anyone know how to remove adchoices spam from Opera please?
    I've done :
    1 remove from Mozilla Firefox by resetting Firefox - didn't work
    2 malware scans using :
    Avast
    Malwarebytes
    Avira
    Spybot Search and Destroy
    all failed, the spam is spamming away all the time
    3 deleting various downloaded material - didn't get rid of it
    Also, how come adchoices spam is allowed and is not blocked by UK, US etc governments, regulatory agencies, anti spam organisations etc.
    Would some hackers and people in the anonymous umbrella like to take it down, please, thanks.

  • There are some good Opera extensions to knock out the ads. Try AdBlock

    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/adblockforopera/?display=en

    or AdBlock Plus

    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/opera-adblock/?display=en-GB

  • You have to kill the adware program, its browser extensions/add-ons, and its hijackings... otherwise, the ads will keep reappearing. First, remove whatever you can (if anything) related to Adchoices, Babylon, or Conduit Search using Windows' program uninstall feature. Then immediately perform a scan (and removal, if anything related to the malware appears) using a current, updated Malwarebytes or similar tool. Next, in any affected browser, go into their extensions/add-on manager and delete anything related to Adchoices, Babylon, or Conduit Search. Next, within each affected browser, check for and reset/delete as appropriate any hijacked search engine and home page setting. Finally, while still within each affected browser be sure to reset it properly using its reset feature. This should get the problems off the machine and out of the browser(s), in that order. If it does not, it is indicative of a deeper, hidden "parent" infection (probably worse than merely adware) that is respawning the adware (and who-knows-what-else) from somewhere deeply embedded within the system... and that requires "guru"-level removal help at some website 'helps' forum like Wilders or DSLR security cleanup forums.

    Most freely-elected governments aren't into policing the detailed traffic flowing over the Internet or blocking/censoring it. Filtering out malicious garbage is generally considered to be a computer-user responsibility ("safe-hex" largely resting on a user's protective computer measures and safe browsing habits). Apart from zero-day exploits, most malware/adware/spyware arrives on a user's system in the first instance because a user either clicked on something unsafe or because he runs his system with certain doorways standing wide open (Java on, JavaScript on, no AV/router/firewall, browsing as admin, unpatched software, etc).

  • You missed checking the shortcuts for changes.

  • Thanks everyone, I'll try all that and report back if I succeed (or not) - which may be of use for other people suffering the same attacks. The videos that the hackers keep serving up are stopping me watching telly as well. Amazing. In the year 2014, corporate business getting aware with extreme hacking and noone's stopping it. Oh well, first world problems, at least it hasn't completely killed my computer (yet) - and I'm not starving to death and dying of treatable diseases in the middle of a warzone, so it could be worse, I suppose...

  • Thanks lem729 the adblocker works. Great. Of course that means I've still got the malware on my computer so thanks blackbird71, I've looked as best I can so thanks for the tip to look at Wilders or DSLR security cleanup forums in case maybe some people there can tell me what to do next. Or next time one of my techie mates is around maybe I'll ask them though I suspect that this may be slightly out of their orbit. I suppose that if I just delete all my downloaded stuff, which is mostly just text but saved in Word so probably full of nasties, and also some pictures which I gather are common vectors for malware, and maybe all my writing, then that might get rid of it. Obviously I'll back up all the stuff that I might want to use some time.

  • ... I suppose that if I just delete all my downloaded stuff, which is mostly just text but saved in Word so probably full of nasties, and also some pictures which I gather are common vectors for malware, and maybe all my writing, then that might get rid of it. Obviously I'll back up all the stuff that I might want to use some time.

    With malware, of course, nearly anything is possible... but some things are less likely than other things. Typically, adware of this sort is simply "hard" to remove, but hasn't usually fouled up other things like pictures or MS Office documents. If the adware is being spawned from a deeply-seated virus infection on the system, that of course is its own problem with its own unique risks. If it were my system and its security mattered to me, and if I'd unsuccessfully tried "ordinary" means (like in this thread) to remove it, I'd trot on over to DSLR or Wilders and get some guru help in getting it out - without a lot more delay. Their gurus usually have you run some very deep specialty-software probes into your system and post your results; after reading those results, their people can normally go directly into removing the various hooks and tentacles with which even well-hidden trash-ware can entangle a system. And, from experience, I can attest that those two sites have some very skilled folks that man their security cleanup forums.

  • Certain low cost ISPs - and some free hotspots - have been known to insert ads into pages ... if it effects all browser it could also be that.

  • Steve, "affects":

    <p title="'effect' in Oxford dictionary">...
    verb
    [with object]
    Cause (something) to happen; bring about: the prime minister effected many policy changes

  • Ad choice is not a virus, so, don't expect to get these ads removed via a removal tool. And it seems that this ad choice has inserted some malicious entries to your registry. Now, open the registry by pressing Win + R and typing "regedit" and hit Entern. Or, try this easy guide by checking this link: http://www.pccaretips.com/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-adchoices-ads-completely.html

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