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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts

Surftastic Ads

The name Surftastic Ads may appear on pop-up advertisements that are generated by Surftastic adware application. It is one of the many browser extensions from the same group as Cling Clang, Maucampo, LemurLeap and a dozen others. All of these applications seem to be there to enhance your overall web-browsing experience. However, computer security experts suggest that such applications are vulnerable to malicious third party exploitation, so it would be for the best to remove Surftastic Ads from your computer. Uninstalling the program and other similar applications would ensure your PC security is not going to be breached.

You can access the official website for Surftastic Ads via surftastic.net. There the application is presented as a useful browser extension compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. This extension is supposed to improve your web browsing process, by providing you with personalized search results and various coupons for your online shopping sessions. However, the problem with Surftastic Ads is that the application does not review the pop-ups content. The responsibility for third party content is not included in Surftastic Ads’ privacy policy and so, you can never know whether the link you are about to click is 100% safe.

Here you might say that it is impossible to download Surftastic Ads at the official website, because the download link does not work. It is absolutely true. However, it does not mean that there is only one way of adware distribution. Surftastic Ads might as well arrive bundled with freeware applications. If you often download programs from such third party file hosting websites as 4shared, cNet, Softpedia and others, make sure that you follow the program setup process closely, as you might accidentally install Surftastic Ads without even intending to do so. After all, this adware application does not enter your system surreptitiously.

For the most part, whenever Surftastic Ads appear on your browser, if you intend to click them, you click it at your own risk. Keep in mind, that Surftastic Ads collect information on your web browsing habits, and later on it processes data on what websites you frequent and what you search online for in order to display personalized commercial advertisements. It increases the possibility of you clicking the ad, but once again, no one can guarantee that you would not get redirected to a potentially harmful web page.

Thus, removing Surftastic Ads from your computer is necessary if you want to avoid any potential security risks. Malware infection is naturally the worst case scenario which does not occur very often, but you should not rule out such a possibility as well. Follow the manual removal instructions below to uninstall Surftastic Ads, and then remove all the other applications this adware might have come with. If you do not know which programs need to be removed, scan the PC with SpyHunter free scanner.

How to uninstall Surftastic Ads

Windows 8

  1. Slide mouse cursor across your desktop to the bottom right corner.
  2. Click Settings on Charm bar and go to Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove Surftastic.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Surftastic.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or remove programs and uninstall Surftastic.
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How to manually remove Surftastic Ads

Files associated with Surftastic Ads infection:

Surftastic_Setup.exe
Surftasticbho.dll
Surftasticuninstall.exe
Surftastic.FirstRun.exe
tStLib.sys
SurftasticBrowserFilter.exe
XTLSApp.exe
Surftastic.BrowserAdapter.exe
wStLibG.sys
wStLibG64.sys
utilSurftastic.exe
updateSurftastic.exe
Surftastic.PurBrowse64.exe
Surftastic.PurBrowse.exe
tStLibG.sys
surftasticsetup.exe

Surftastic Ads DLL's to remove:

Surftasticbho.dll

Surftastic Ads processes to kill:

utilSurftastic.exe
Surftastic.PurBrowse.exe
Surftastic.FirstRun.exe
SurftasticBrowserFilter.exe
updateSurftastic.exe
Surftasticuninstall.exe
Surftastic.PurBrowse64.exe
Surftastic_Setup.exe
Surftastic.BrowserAdapter.exe
XTLSApp.exe
surftasticsetup.exe
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