If you’re being redirected to Ad.doubleclick.net when you’re browsing the Web from your web browser, it’s likely that you have adware installed that’s causing this.

Despite what many people believe, Windows isn’t an unsecure operating system that is more prone to viruses because of its software. However, developers do target it with malicious software more often than other operating systems because so many people use it.

Adware is malware (malicious software) that gets installed when a user downloads an untrustworthy file from the internet. It might be a movie torrent or another file that you thought you were downloading for free. Not all movie torrent files contain malicious software, but a small percentage of them do, and one of the more common things to find bundled in with your files is adware.

Adware shows advertisements when you open up a web browser that isn’t being distributed by the websites that you’re visiting. Adware can block the existing advertisements so you’re only seeing ads from the adware and other times it can show up along with your current ads. Neither of those two scenarios is good for you or the internet: if you see two sets of ads, you’re going to be seeing far too many ads, and if the adware is blocking ads, then the websites you’re visiting are losing money from your visits rather than gaining a profit.

While not a huge threat to your PCs overall health, you should remove the adware as soon as possible, so it no longer hinders your web browsing experience, and so your computer hardware isn’t being overworked (sometimes these types of adware files can run heavy on a machine because they’re not developed well).

The following tutorial demonstrates how to remove the Ad.doubleclick.net web browser redirect from computers.

Part One: How to Remove Malicious Programs from Control Panel

You can uninstall the program that may be causing the redirect from the Control Panel when you’re using one of the latest version of the Windows operating system.

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. From the Control Panel’s main category menu, click on the “Uninstall a program” link under the Programs heading.

3. Scroll down the list of installed programs and highlight any programs that you think match up with the malicious program that is in your computer.

4. Click on the “Uninstall” button above the list of programs to remove the program from the computer.

5. You can now close the Control Panel if you like.

Part Two: How to Remove Ad.doubleclick.net Redirect Using Malwarebytes

1. Visit the Malwarebytes website and then click on the Free Download link.

2. If your web browser shows a message that says this type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the executable file anyway?, click on the Keep button.

3. If prompted by User Account Control and asked: Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?, click on the Yes button.

4. Select between Personal computer and Work computer for where you are installing Malwarebytes ad then click on the Continue button.

5. Click on the Agree and Install button to accept the license agreement.

6. Click on the Finish button when the Malwarebytes installation is complete.

7. The Malwarebytes interface should open on its own. If it doesn’t, click on its application that is now on your desktop.

8. Click on the Scan Now button to bring the scan.

9. Malwarebytes will then take a few moments to run a quick scan of the computer.

10. Place a tick on the boxes next to the malware threats and then click on the Quarantine Selected button.

11. If Malwarebytes hasn’t solved the malware on your computer, you can visit their website and contact them to let them know of the issue that their software is not yet fixing.

12. You can now close the Malwarebytes application if you like.

Part Three: How to Repair Browser Settings Using CCleaner

You can use third-party tools such as CCleaner to repair the web browser settings. This is optional but should be done if your redirect keeps coming back or isn’t yet completely fixed.

1. If your web browser shows a message that says “this type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the executable file anyway?,” click on the “Keep” button.

2. If prompted by User Account Control and asked: “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?,” click on the “Yes” button.

3. Click on the “Install” button.

Note: CCleaner may offer an additional program for you to install. Choose to check or uncheck the box for installing any additional programs.

4. Check or uncheck the box for viewing the release notes based on your preference, and then click on the “Run CCleaner” button.

5. Click on the “Analyze” button.

6. Click on the “Run Cleaner” button once the analysis is completed.

7. The scan is now complete.

8. Click on “Tools” from the left menu and then click on “Startup” and looks through the tabs for any startup programs that have the word “search” in the title or name.

9. If you find any, click on the “Disable” and then “Delete” buttons.

10. You can now close the CCleaner application if you like.

Part Four: How to Reset Browser to Default Settings and Clean Up Browser

Google Chrome offers buttons for resetting the web browser and also cleaning up the web browser. These two settings are beneficial for removing any malware that other scans from Windows Defender and other third-party software could not remove.

Google Chrome

You can reset the browser settings from the More menu in Google Chrome.

1. Click on the “More” button and then click on the “Settings” link from the menu.

2. Scroll down and then click on “Advanced” at the bottom of the page.

3. Under the Reset and cleanup heading, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” link.

4. From the Reset settings overlay, click on the “Reset settings” button.

5. Under the Reset and clean up heading once again, click on the “Clean up computer” link.

6. Next to where it says Find and remove harmful software, click on the “Find” button.

7. You can now close the Google Chrome web browser if you like.

Mozilla Firefox

You can reset the browser settings from the More menu in Firefox.

1. Click on the “More” button and then click on the “Help” link.

2. Click on the “Troubleshooting Information” link.

3. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button.

4. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button when you get the confirmation dialog box.

5. You can now close the Firefox browser if you like.

Microsoft Edge

You can reset the Microsoft Edge browser settings directly from the Settings application in Windows 10.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Click on the “Apps” icon from the Windows Settings menu.

3. From Apps’ left side, click on “Apps & features” and then scroll down the right side until you get to Microsoft Edge, click on it once to reveal its menu and then click on the “Advanced options” link.

4. Click on the “Reset” button.

5. You can now close the Settings app if you like.

That’s all.