Addonjet is a general name for both specific adware infection and advertising network for malicious extensions. It is not a network where cybercriminals can promote their malicious tools, but a platform for them to monetize their audience by displaying various advertisements.
Basically, if you are experiencing advertisements labeled “Ads by Addonjet”, there might be two reasons for this – you have Addonjet malware on your computer or some other malware is monetizing their business using this service.
Nonetheless, the answer is obvious – if those ads are appearing while you are browsing the Internet, your web browser has some issues that need to be solved. It might be more complicated to remove the malicious extension when you don’t know what kind of infection is actually is, but there is a way to do that too.
In case you are suffering from this infection and it has been a struggle to get rid of it, just keep reading the article – we will provide you with the information how you should eliminate it from your computer.
Addonjet – popular monetization option between cybercriminals
There is a chance that some legitimate browser extensions are also using this method to make money, yet that’s not something you are going to see very often. Most of the time it is the type of browser hijacker or adware infections that use this service.
Actually, you can take a look at their website yourself – Addonjet is presented as a tool to monetize Chrome Extensions that allows to “Start monetizing your browser addon immediately by dropping in a snippet of code”. There is a category of adware infections called “Ads by Name“, where various malicious extensions display advertisements with a slogan “Ads by xxx”, where xxx stands for some advertising company (like Taboola) or just a custom infection name and ads by Addonjet virus falls to this category.
Let alone online advertisements are annoying and unwanted, but it is even more irritating when those ads are exaggerated, not relevant to your interests and even feature misleading content. That’s the reality you are going to face if Addonjet or other adware/browser hijacker infection affiliated with Addonjet is operating on your computer.
The obvious is that you don’t like advertisements and they can really make your web browsing experience worse than it should be, but there are other unwanted factors that make this malware even more dangerous.
First of all, ads delivered by Addonjet can lead you to malicious websites, because literally, anyone can be promoting their business out there. I.e. pornography, drugs, guns, forbidden content and so on can simply show up on your screen if you click on one of those ads by Addojet. Next, the overall performance of your computer and web browser might be slower, because additional extension and its’ commands to show you ads requires additional computing power. Not to mention that those ads won’t be relevant to the content you are interested in and they come in various forms that are uncomfortable.
For instance, you can bump into regular banner advertisements placed somewhere in the corner of the website, while Addonjet can display a pop-up advertisement that will take up the majority screen space and it will be difficult to close it.
Last but not least, those infections are likely to collect information about you. Not that they want to improve your user experience by delivering content that is relevant to you, but they simply sell it to third parties and it’s nothing more than a theft.
Removing Addonjet advertisements for good
The best option to get rid of ads by Addonjet is to employ combined removal, where you use professional software to detect the virus that is causing you a headache and then remove it from your computer manually, because that’s easy to do and we will guide you through that process. Obviously, you can go the easy way and let anti-malware software do the removing part as well – it’s your choice.
First of all, you should detect the virus by scanning your computer with Spyhunter. The scan will take just a couple of minutes and you will know what you need to work on. Next, scroll down below and take a look at the manual removal instructions. Following those steps, you will be able to eliminate the infection from the control panel.
Also, in case it is some browser hijacker that is responsible for this situation, you might need to remove it from the list of extensions on your web browser as well. Since Addonjet is only monetizing extensions that work on Google Chrome, you should paste this address (“chrome://extensions/”) into the URL bar, detect suspicious extension and disable it. Additional scan after this procedure is also recommended.
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Automatic Malware removal tools
How to remove Addonjet using Windows Control PanelMany hijackers and adware like Addonjet virus install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
- Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10).
- Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category).
- Go through the list of programs and select entries related to Addonjet . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make Addonjet virus easier to find.
- Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes.
- In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.