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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


AdSkip is a piece of software available for download on adskiper.com. As it is already clear from its name, it is an ad blocker that should allow users to block irritating advertisements and domains. On top of that, it is said on its official website that it can even block video ads before users see them. As AdSkip promises to act in a beneficial way and its website looks trustworthy, there are many users who willingly download and install this application on their computers. Unfortunately, people do not know that AdSkip is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that might act in an undesirable way. If you ever notice that AdSkip acts in an undesirable way or simply do not find it useful, you should remove this program without consideration and then install another ad blocker instead of it. To be honest, we suggest getting rid of it also if you want to feel completely safe because there is a slight possibility that the application will also expose you to malicious software one day. More information about this potentially unwanted program will be provided in the following paragraphs.

It does not matter that AdSkip looks like a beneficial application because researchers at pcthreat.com have found that it basically does not do anything. They have revealed that this piece of software cannot block all those annoying pop-ups that appear on the screen from time to time. It is one of the reasons why AdSkip should be dismissed. According to our security specialists, this potentially unwanted program cannot be fully trusted also because it is a product of Elex-Tech, which is often referred to as “an unreliable company.” It has been noticed that some products developed by this company start acting in an undesirable way after some time, for instance, they start downloading and installing malicious software. Unfortunately, AdSkip might start doing that too after some time, which means that you might experience serious problems related to the safety of your computer. To protect your computer from harm, you should eliminate this potentially unwanted program and then install another program for blocking advertisements instead of it.

Theoretically, there is also a possibility that this potentially unwanted program can sneak onto computers together with other applications because it might be distributed in software packages too. If it really happens, we are sure that it will not take a long while for you to notice that it is installed on the system because it will make several modifications. Researchers have managed to find out that it will create four registry keys in the system registry:

  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ADSkipSvc
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ADSkipSvc
  4. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ADSKIP

In addition, it will create the ADSKIP folder in %APPDATA% and %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% (%PROGRAMFILES%). Finally, you will see its shortcuts created on Desktop and in the Start menu. Do not worry; all its files and registry keys will disappear the moment you fully remove AdSkip from your computer, so we suggest doing that ASAP. Sadly, we cannot guarantee that you will not meet a similar potentially unwanted program again because there are thousands of them on the web. Of course, there is still one thing you can do for the sake of your system’s safety – install security software on your computer and keep it enabled on your PC. It will protect you from threats 24/7.

Even though AdSkip is a potentially unwanted program that can distribute malicious software, it can be removed surprisingly easily. All you need to do is to go to Control Panel, locate the entry of the program there, and then delete it through Control Panel. Fortunately, this potentially unwanted program does not leave junk files, so you will not need to do anything else. Of course, you still need to take care of other undesirable programs installed on your computer. The fastest way to do this is to scan the system with an antimalware scanner, e.g. SpyHunter. This tool can be downloaded from our website.

Delete AdSkip

Windows XP

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs and select the unwanted program.
  4. Remove it.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Open the Start menu by clicking on the Windows button in the lower-left corner.
  2. Click Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the untrustworthy program on the list and right-click on it.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Tap Win + X.
  2. Select Control Panel from the menu.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Right-click on the unwanted program.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.
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