How to remove “ads not by this site”

Once in a while it so happens that you are seeing a lot more ads on most websites you visit, and the ads are what can be defined as not “family-friendly”. If you see “ads not by this site” below the ads in small gray font, then this post can help you fix it. I’m not sure if I've to call it a virus or a spyware, but its just something you don’t want. This is also the same which show more ads on Facebook and it displays “ads not by Facebook”. I’ve also have seen it happen on Hulu and other sites. It’s pretty simple to fix this.
The usual advice you receive on the web is to install Ad Blocker Plus and it will not appear anymore. But here you are only blocking them, and they are never truly removed. The malware still sits in your computer. Do not use Ad Blocker Plus for this issue, you are not solving the actual problem.
The real problem is caused by a browser extension called Vid-Saver. It sometimes is downloaded among other stuff like movies or mp3 or even uTorrent.

So to remove this we will need a good uninstaller. I always use Revo Uninstaller to remove stuff from my laptop, its the best I've found until now.
  1. No matter what browser you are using, go to the settings and clear all the cookies, and cache.
  2. Find the extension for Vid-Saver and uninstall it.
  3. Close all the browser windows.
  4. Download and install Revo Uninstaller. 
  5. Look for Vid-Saver, and click on Uninstall. 
  6. Read my post on Revo Uninstaller for more info. 
  7. Carefully remove the registry entries related to Vid-Saver.
  8. Complete Uninstall. 
  9. Restart the browser and visit the website where you were seeing this annoying ad. It should not be there anymore, and must not come back either.
This much pretty must resolve the issue and remove the annoying “ads not by this site” problem.
Hope this helps.
If you are still having problems, then check my other post on Belarc Advisor and get a complete list of all the programs installed in your computer. Look for the suspicious program there, if you can’t find it, drop in a comment and we can find it together.

UPDATE: The issue is mainly because of browser extensions. The most common browser malware is the Vid-Saver. It could be named anything else, and not sound suspicious, like “CodecC 1.0”, or "Adobe Flash Player 11 activeX extension" or other names. The best way to find out which extension/addon is causing the issue is to re-visit all the browser extensions you have installed and check them one by one. Anything which you don’t remember installing or sounds a little weird may have to me checked again. Sometimes it could not be a browser extension too. It could just be some software which you have not installed. Here's a list of the different extensions or software which could cause this. Look for anything like this, and if it is something different, do mention in the comments and help update the list.   List of Suspicious Extensions/Addons/Software:
CodecC 1.0
Adobe Flash Player 11 activeX extension
I Want This
dislike button extension for facebook
VDownloader
CouponDropDown
wxDfast
BCool App
Installation Assistant 1.20.12
windows live mesh activeX
Download Help extension
Coupon Companion
1 Click Downloader
Best Youtube Downloader 1.0.26
FastestTube 2.1.4.
SaveAs Addon
Startnow toolbar
Save-It extension
Yontoo
JoyToKey
LyricsFan
supreme savings
PC Friendly
Fast Free Converter 3.0
Coupon Drop Down
Lyrics Search
Safe Saver
Lyrics-Pal
Fast Free Converter
savenSuhe
DowNLooad akeeEpere
SearchNewTab

Thanks to all the readers to help update the list. 

88 comments:

  1. Hi. I am having this exact problem, except that I already use Ad Block Plus, and it's still showing "ads not by this site", even on sites that shouldn't have any ads, like my Netflix account. There's no ad or picture, just that text. I checked my extensions and used Revo Uninstaller, and I don't have vid saver on my computer at all. Is there any other program that you know of that could cause this issue?

    Thanks so much. :)

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  2. Hi Nikki. This issue is because of extensions/addons on browsers. Most of the time it's the VidSaver. But there are other extensions which cause this too. Go through your browser extensions one by one, and see if there is something that you haven't installed. Or, you could use Revo to go thru ALL the applications you have installed, and see if anything suspicious shows up.

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    1. I looked through my Firefox extensions and there it was! I removed it and no problems since then. Thanks a lot!

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  3. The only one I'm not familiar with is CodecC 1.0. A brief Google search informs me that this is probably malware. So that might just be the cause of the issue. Thanks for your help. :)

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  4. Omg thank you so much for this! Those ads were starting to drive me bonkers. You are the best.

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  5. All I did was cleared cookies and removed it from by browser extensions and it worked perfect!
    Thank you

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  6. I can't find Vid-Saver.

    Can anyone help?

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  7. Fixed ours by uninstalling "Adobe Flash Player 11 activeX extension". Go to your control panel, then Uninstall a Program. If you have it, remove it.

    Just be sure not to remove your standard "Adobe Flash Player 11 activeX" if you have it.

    Good luck!

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  8. Thank you very much for your helpful information and from saving me from losing my mind over stupid ads!

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  9. hurray hurrau hurray! I have had this problem for several weeks! I could NEVER find an extension like you mentioned above (have looked for a couple weeks for an unwanted extension but there isn't one.)

    However, your simple advice of clearing the cache and cookies did the trick! Deleted them from the last couple of weeks and voila! My problem was SOLVED!

    It was really frustrating me because the ads literally covered up important information on websites! It made my blogger dashboard un-usable!! Thanks for the simple fix!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  10. I removed Adobe Flash Player 11 activeX extension from my cpu. Appearantly you have to have this program to watch Youtube, so I had to reinstall the program. Now I'm back where I started, with those stupid ads.

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    1. Nevermind. I removed entire Flash Player program.(I'm such an idiot) It was a program called "I Want This" that was causing the ads. Now I'm ad free. THANKS!

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    2. Removing "I WAnt This" worked for us too. Thanks for the update.

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  11. Mine was the dislike button extension for facebook. I couldnt figure it out but I found it. I use google chrome.

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  12. Thanks so much. Deleted the extension in my browser and it worked like a charm!

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  13. I have tried everything to get rid of these ads!! Then finally i found this post and i installed the uninstaller but none of the programs on your list are on my pc so i have no idea what is causing this or what to do!! please help!!

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    1. Hi Megan, at the end of this article you will find a link to Belarc Advisor. Download it and run it, you will get a list of all the programs on your computer. Send me the list and I can probably help you then.

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    2. C:\Program Files (x86)\Belarc\Advisor\System\tmp\(MEGAN-PC).html this is what popped up!

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    3. Hi Megan, Belarc Advisor is a local software and will not upload the information into any server (which is a good thing, and it protects your privacy). I will need the information on that web page. You could copy the contents to a notepad or take screenshots and email it to me kusuma(at)littletechiethings.com

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  14. VDownloader was my headache. Uninstall it and voilà! No mor ads.

    Thank you for the information!

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  15. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for additional info
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  16. I've been stuck with these stupid ads for a blog I'm forced to use as a teacher at a private school. What's worse, each time I had to bring up something onto the SmartBoard (say a vocab list) from my blog to review in class, I'd be holding my breath, never quite sure what inappropriate ad my middle-schoolers might be exposed to next.

    THANK YOU for this site!!! It was the "I Want This" extension that was the culprit.

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  17. Thank you! Thank you! Removing the extensions from Chrome fixed the problem.

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  20. I have a problem on my friends computer. We have cleared the cache run revo and removed all extensions suspect of causing the adds to pop up.

    By removing flash we can kill the some of the content but not all and no amount of software or removal of files seems to help. The adds keep on coming.

    I know there must be flash content due to the removal of adobe flash all-together.

    What advice would you have?

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    1. Try removing ALL of the extensions on ALL your browsers.

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  21. I seemed to have downloaded this malware called "CouponDropDown".

    It causes these random ads PLUS ads that appear when you position your cursor over certain words that have been suspiciously turned into links (even words from youtube comments, etc).

    I have chrome, so I removed it by clicking on the wrench in the top left corner of the browser, then went to Tools>Extensions and deleted CouponDropDown from the browser. All suspicious ads were removed and my problem was solved.

    So if you can't find any of the extensions/software mentioned above, look for CouponDropDown. It has its own icon (a blue ticket stub with CDD written on it) to make it seem more real but it is MALWARE.

    Thank you for this article it helped out very much.

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  22. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  23. I found programs I was not familiar with, Vuze and ILivid, which I read may have been the cause of the popups and text enhance. I uninstalled them, but eventually I figured out that the chrome extension wxDfast was the real problem. Thanks for the help!

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  24. Removed something called the "BCool App", and that seemed to fix the problem. (Yeah, be cool my arse.)

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  25. Wow it really works! I had "Coupon Dropdown" on my Firefox browser. Thanks alot!

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  26. Wow it really works! I had "Coupon Dropdown" on my Firefox browser. Thanks alot!

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  27. Just thought I'd help to update the list of possible names. I found that by disabling an extension called "Installation Assistant 1.20.12" I was able to fix my problem.

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  28. Thank you so... so.. much... vid saver it was. Kusuma, what this would this malware would have already done? Will tht have access to my important files, my video chats and other docs?

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  29. Thanks ive removed adobe flash player 11 active x extension fcbk page nw clear

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  30. Thanks a ton got rid of these useless adds

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  31. I removed "windows live mesh activeX" it also had a bunch of Asian writing symbols in font and behind

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  32. I had another one on Google chrome, called Install something or other... Thanks to this post I got rid of it, but can't remember the actual name...sry I couldn't be more helpful

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    1. "Installation Assistant 1.20.12" just scrolled up and saw it... derp

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  33. wow, thanks for your info. Mine is a Download Help extension. Awesome!!

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  34. Another Add On to Watch Out for is Coupon Companion. I was having the same issue with the "Ads not by this site" and once I removed the add on they stopped. Thanks so much for the help!

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  35. thanks a lot, I just uninstall vid-saver and all the ads disappear ..

    thanks again =D

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  36. I removed an extension called 1 Click Downloader and that fixed it for me.

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  37. Thanks. In my Safari browser, it was either Best Youtube Downloader 1.0.26 or FastestTube 2.1.4. I didn't have to uninstall, just disable them.

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  38. Hello to everyone I've just come across the same problem. And the above mentioned add-ons names really helped me. The add-on that was causing me trouble was "SaveAs" add-on.
    Apart from displaying ads, it was also slowing down the speed of google search. Thanks a lot to help us detect the issue and fix it.

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  39. I uninstalled an extension called Startnow toolbar and it seemed to do the trick. I went control panel - uninstall a program, and sorted by most recent ones I installed, and it was towards the top, because I had just noticed the problem recently. Thanks so much for your help!!

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  40. I uninstalled an extension called Startnow toolbar and it seemed to do the trick. I went control panel - uninstall a program, and sorted by most recent ones I installed, and it was towards the top, because I had just noticed the problem recently. Thanks so much for your help!!

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  41. I uninstalled an extension called Startnow toolbar and it seemed to do the trick. I went control panel - uninstall a program, and sorted by most recent ones I installed, and it was towards the top, because I had just noticed the problem recently. Thanks so much for your help!!

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  42. Thank you soooo much for this article, I have been at my wits ends with the ads showing up. I have a son, and they were not appropriate. Worked great, removed Vid Saver extention, and they are gone. :)

    Does this remove all concerns, or is there a security issue now with my computer? I have Norton 360 & keep it up-to-date.

    Thank you again!

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  43. thanx that helped , in my chrome browser, that was named "SaveAs"

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  44. That stupid ext called vid saver was my headache im glad i got rid of it. No more stupid ads everytime i click on something. I was infected bad.

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  45. I had a "Save-It" extension on chrome, deleted it and it solved the problem

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  46. I got this problem and, whenever I was internet shopping, it would bring up pictures of similar things and annoy the hell out of me. It was called SaveAs and this is the extension's website created so it looks legit http://saveasapp.com/?page=Home

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  47. My problem was in a program called Yontoo. So I changed some settings in it and got rid of the annoying ads.

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  48. I use Firefox and I removed the extension Save Now 3.5 and it worked! Thanks so much!

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  49. I use Firefox and I removed the extension Save Now 3.5 and it worked! Thanks so much!

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  50. It was called Coupon Companion on my registry. Quick uninstall and it was gone! Thank you!

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  51. I too started seeing the "ads not by this site" on facebook. The only thing I can think of that caused this is Cnet's download manager thing you have to download in order to download whatever program you originaly wanted. In my case it was a program called JoyToKey. This program is a legit program and has been around for a while and is used for gaming, assigning keys on your keyboard to a gaming controller. I needed an updated version and I could only find it on Cnet's site. I downloaded it and it's packaged in this download manager thing and you have to run it to install the program (JoyToKey). After running it and installing my program, and even unchecking all boxes for unwanted toolbars and what-not I discovered that it went ahead and installed some other B.S. programs found in my start menu. Anyways I uninstalled those and just noticed this "ads not by this site" on facebook and ran across this site looking for a solution. I opened up my browser extensions and found some 'coupon companion' extention... Disabled it and deleted it. Now that ad crap is gone. Thank you and I hope this helps.

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  52. Wow great advice. Heres the one that was on mine and is not on the list: ad Lyrics (add lyrics?)

    Any way I removed the extension and it seems to work. I don't know how to remove it from my registry thou I ran ccleaner for registry, will that work?

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  53. I'm sorry to ask such a basic question, but how do I find these "extension"? I have firefox. I've tried googling it but I'm not finding what I need.

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  54. Ok i need help i removed the adobe thing i needed to remove yet the ad's are still there , and i have this extension called supreme savings yet it's not removable , any help in how to remove it? anyone?

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  55. Thank you so much!!! I downloaded a program called Free Reader last week to open a CVS file. When I installed it, it added Yahoo Toolbar, and some other things along with it. I started getting horribly ugly and offensive ads When I went to Etsy.com (and it totally messed up my Yahoo home page). I was so angry, I almost thought it was Etsy that sold the ad space until I saw the "ads not from this site" caption. I'm so glad I found this article! I found a few suspicious programs listed (that I'll have to go back and check). I uninstalled Free Reader and Yahoo Toolbar (a totally unnecessary add-on for me) but that didn't fix the problem, they just came with the Free Reader download that started this whole mess. I got rid of an add-on called PC Friendly and that got rid of the ads at the top of the page. Then I got rid of Fast Free Converter 3.0 and that solved the problem with the ads at the bottom of the page.
    So again, the add-ons I removed were:
    Free Reader
    Yahoo Toolbar
    PC Friendly
    Fast Free Converter 3.0

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  56. Great website! I use Firefox and got rid of the Coupon Drop Down stuff that was displayed on my Yahoo Mail Plus by disabling the extension Freecorder 7.0.0.13. I use it from time to time so from now on I'll enable it only when I want to use it.

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  57. I found the issues in my Google Chrome, Extension called LyricFan. I deleted it and tested it. I works. thanks YOU!!!

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  58. I'm on my brothers computer and it was an extension called Lyrics Search. Deleted it.

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  59. Thank you thank you thank you!! I was going cArazy! It was the stupid coupon crap! You're the first person to tell me to do that. It never crossed my mind to check there. Don't even remember about the extensions until I'm prompted to do something with them. This is my work computer and I was like oh crap my boss is going to kill me and now he won't!

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  60. Thanks. The culprit for me was the extension "Safe Saver." As soon as I disabled it the problem went away.

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  61. How do you clear cookies on a windows 7 laptop ?

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  62. http://datawarehousingninformatica.blogspot.com/p/ads-not-by-this-site.html

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  63. removed. It was titled "Lyrics-Pal." There was both a browser extension and an installed app.

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  64. Mine was "Fast free converter"

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  65. SUCCESS - My problem was with the Lyrics-Pal extension in IE. Just delete the Lyricspal folder in C:\Program Files\ (C:\Program Files\Lyricspal) DONE!!! YEAAAAAAAA ! The extension will not be deleted or disabled in IE, however, it can not start because it can not find the 125.dll anymore. If you have any concerns about deleting the folder, remember, you can go to the recycle bin and simply restore it, although I can't imagine why you would want to do that! PLOP PLOP, FIZZ FIZZ, Oh what a relief it is :>))))

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  66. Thank you! I was wondering why so many ads were popping up on YouTube and Yahoo. I deleted some extension called savenSuhe or something like that, and everything is normal.

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  68. Thank you so much for sharing. This is my experience and btw I have been a tech since the mid 80s :). I appreciate those who share actual technical details to problems. Below are my exp with this problem on a laptop.
    Laura Gullett
    www.skybits.com

    In Chrome my extentions were able to be removed but in IE 9, no make that IE 10 which creeped onto my laptop without my explicit permission :(. Now I know why my laptop slowed to a zzzz 8080 crawl. OMG rggg. Anyways in IE 10 the Enable/Disable were grayed out next to the problem files, of which were the same ones listed in Chrome, so I had to go hunt inside of Programs to find the problems files. I did not open up Firefox yet because my resources are already full right now. They are probably not in there after taking them out of the Control Panel Programs though.

    The two files I found were:

    DowNLooad akeeEpere
    SearchNewTab

    file details:
    This one put ads all over on every website visited.
    Name: DowNLooad akeeEpere
    Publisher: Not Available
    Type: Browser Helper Object
    Architecture: 32-bit
    Version: 0.0.0.0
    File date: ‎Thursday, ‎October ‎10, ‎2013, ‏‎12:51 PM
    Date last accessed: ‎Today, ‎October ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎3 hours ago
    Class ID: {FC697FAC-446C-DC8C-E1FF-CC730575D55B}
    Use count: 12
    Block count: 0
    File: 3wTQ8jr.dll
    Folder: C:\ProgramData\DowNLooad akeeEpere

    This one took over the search page. It put a Google multicolored circle next to the search box and then had an ad below it saying your computer was being scanned. It's a real pain. I can't put the pic of the info from Control Panel so I will just let you know this file was listed as being from url "justplug.it" version 3.0.0.1547

    Name: SearchNewTab
    Publisher: Not Available
    Type: Browser Helper Object
    Architecture: 32-bit
    Version: 0.0.0.0
    File date: ‎Wednesday, ‎October ‎10, ‎2012, ‏‎12:52 PM
    Date last accessed: ‎Today, ‎October ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎1 minute ago
    Class ID: {A55638BD-18B9-C318-B74D-D3221CB4667A}
    Use count: 15
    Block count: 0
    File: qZ0mut.dll
    Folder: C:\ProgramData\SearchNewTab

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