Remove the PastaLeads and PastaQuotes Adware
PastaLeads and PastaQuotes are adware programs that are commonly bundled with other free programs that you download off of the Internet. PastaLeads is an adware program that generates leads for companies under various search phrases. For example, if you search for health insurance it will display a form where you enter your information and then the program will send that lead to health insurance sales companies who will contact you. It will also deliver leads for other search terms that include tech support, car insurance, life insurance, lawn care, etc. Though this may sound like a useful service, the program can be intrusive and will display ads whether you want them to or not. Furthermore, any information you enter will be given to various 3rd party companies that may use that information for marketing purposes.
When installed, PastaLeads will create a Windows service that constantly runs in the background and also configures your web browser to use a proxy server. For the most part this adware is not difficult to remove, but there are cases where it doesn’t properly uninstall. This is especially the case if the program is uninstalled, but the proxy settings are not removed, which will cause your web browser to not be able to reach any sites. This guide will walk you through removing PastaLeads from your computer and web browsers using only free tools.
It is important to note that PastaLeads is not a computer infection that is installed through exploits or infections, but rather it is bundled along with free software that you download off the Internet. Therefore, it is important that you pay attention to the license agreements and installation screens when installing anything. If an installation screen offers you Custom or Advanced installation options, it is a good idea to select these as they will typically disclose what other 3rd party software will also be installed and allow you to opt out of them. Furthermore, If the license agreement or installation screens state that they are going to install a toolbar or other unwanted adware, it is advised that you cancel the install and not use the free software.