What is Ad?

You might not pay a lot of attention to Ad at first because it will appear as a link on a pop-up that jumps into your screen when you open some website. However, if you see that you are being redirected to, there is a very good chance that you have a number of potential threats on your system. This domain is not an infection itself. It is an adware server that will be used by various programs to promote commercial content. This kind of activity is very annoying and potentially harmful because you can always be exposed to the potentially harmful content.

Where does Ad come from?

There is no one designated website that would be responsible for exposing users to Ad. It is actually a lot more likely that users have added some program that requires this adware server to distribute and promote third-party content.

There are usually two main ways that lead to seeing this pop-up on your screen. First, you could have entered a website that is full of flash advertisements and outgoing links. Usually, online game websites, adult pages, and various file-sharing sites support a lot of outgoing links that help these sites make some money. Whenever you click a link, or you open a pop-up, you help these sites to generate some income.

However, it is far more likely that you added an extension or some adware program to your computer that makes use of Ad. It is rather easy to get these programs if you download freeware on a regular basis. It is not illegal or malicious to download freeware, but please remember that freeware is often bundled with additional applications you neither need nor want.

How is it possible to avoid unwanted programs? Well, first, you should refrain from downloading programs from third-party sources. If you cannot rule that out of your daily routine, then you should at least check the installation wizard carefully step by step. There is always a good chance that the installation wizard will notify you about the additional programs or features that you are about to add to your system. So you should remain attentive and deselect the ones you do not need.

What does Ad do?

As mentioned, the adware server cannot do much itself. Everything depends on what the program or the website that uses it wants to achieve. However, we have found that the server will initiate several chains of redirections that might be one of the following:


Judging from the information we have gathered, this adware server is mostly used to display commercial advertisements or increase traffic statistics for a number of websites. For the most part, this kind of activity is more annoying than dangerous, and you must have noticed that already with tons of pop-ups on your browser. However, there is always a chance that the server and the program that uses it could be exploited by malevolent third parties.

The thing is that neither adware programs nor the server itself have a say in what kind of content gets promoted in those pop-ups. They need third party content to fill the empty spaces, and they cannot review it before they show it to you.

Hence, there is always a risk of getting exposed to malicious content that might significantly damage your system. You might also experience a personal data theft, and someone might want to try and scam you into spending your money for nothing. Therefore, it is important that you prevent that from happening.

How do I remove Ad?

Technically, there is no way to remove the Ad server itself because it is not on your computer. If the pop-ups are there because of the website that you have opened, you should close it immediately. If the pop-ups are generated by some application that is installed on your PC, you will do yourself a favor by removing it right now.

Check out the manual removal instructions below to terminate the unwanted applications. For a full list of all the potential threats, scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner.

Manual Software Removal

Windows 10 & Windows 8.1

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type Control Panel into the Open box. Click OK.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove unwanted apps.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Press the Windows key and go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program and delete unwanted programs.

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or remove programs and uninstall unwanted apps. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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