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In case you have found on your PC and you are not quite sure what it is, how it operates and whether it can cause you any problems – well then, you have come to the right place. In our “How to remove” guide you will find the answers to all these questions. By the time you finish reading, you will hopefully have a better clue about what you are dealing with. Pop Up

The Virus will redirect your searches

Here we have prepared some steps to follow in case you decide you no longer want this program on your PC, as well as a few very useful tips on how to stay safe while browsing online. Now, let’s go straight to the point.

How did you get on your PC?

Have you recently installed free software and noticed that your screen has suddenly been flooded with small advertisement boxes? Not only, somehow unknowingly, a program has been tracking your online activity and displaying ads and pop-ups every time you try to browse the web? In case the described activities are familiar to you, you should know that the reason for your disturbance may be a program, which could be classified as adware.

Let’s first explain what adware is:

Adware usually are very annoying. This is a piece of software that is primly developed to generate income to its owners by tracking users’ online activity and displaying relevant ads to their searches. It is usually found bundled inside installation wizards of free software that you download from the web.

You may be surprised, but you get adware installed on your PC with your permission, while you run the installation of the software you downloaded. However, you may not know you are installing it since it is usually available in the “Advanced” options of the installation package. Therefore, many users notice the adware after it starts to operate and disturbs their browsing with constantly appearing ads, banners, boxes, pop-ups and short notifications. 

Is exposing you to risk?

You have probably experienced the above described annoying adware behavior with and eagerly looking on how to stop it. Moreover, you may be concerned about your PC safety, since you are not able to find a way to disable these ads from popping out. The first thing that may come to your mind in such situation is that you are facing some kind of a virus infection. However, we can calm you down by saying that is not a virus, nor a Ransomware (which is, by the way, a very popular threat now) and not even a Trojan horse or some other type of malicious script. If we need to classify its danger level, is relatively harmless, compared to malware such as Trojans or Ransomware, which can cause some severe damage to your computer. However, this adware can certainly really be a source of irritation.

How does this adware operate? is a legal software product that is developed with the idea to generate advertisements and bring income to its creators through the Pay Per Click (PPC) method.  This program may run in the background, monitoring your online activities and collecting information related to your computer and how you use it. For example, it may track your Web browsing patterns in its attempt to show you the most relevant ads.

It may often use pop-up windows to display banners, messages, and links that redirect to other web pages. When this program is working busily in the background, it may dominate your PC’s resources and could be a reason for some sluggish system performance.

Some people may not mind, but others may consider these activities as an invasion of their privacy and a source of a serious irritation. If you are from the last, then the removal guide below is for you. You may find, however, that removing this adware could be a bit tricky since it requires some advanced knowledge in order to reach the right files. Therefore, you should closely follow the instruction, or better, if you are not sure how well you can deal with the manual steps, think about using a removal tool.

A few words about prevention:

In case you don’t want to deal with ads invasion, prevention is your best solution. You should start by avoiding the places where adware hides the most. These are usually open-source download platforms and free software installation wizards. Applying some of the basic online safety measures is a good way to keep adware (and malware) far from your PC.  Obviously, interacting with sketchy content is a bad idea, and the same applies for downloading content from such pages because you never know what else can come in the package. Always take a close eye to the EULA before installing software, or better, don’t install it unless it originates from a reputable source. It is needless to mention that having a working antivirus program is an absolute must and running regular scans with it may provide optimal protection for your system.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (It displays annoying ads, pop-ups and banners that disturb your browsing activity)
Symptoms Numerous ads such as pop-up, banners appear on the screen. Some sluggish system performance may be observed.
Distribution Method Usually bundled inside installation wizards
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection, you need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. Removal

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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this – may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Pop Up

You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up: Pop Up

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here. Pop Up

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK. Pop Up Pop Up

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Pop Up

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Pop Up Pop Up Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Pop Up —–> Manage Add-ons. Pop Up

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Pop Up —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Pop Up Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefox, click Pop Up ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Pop Up

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. Pop UpRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Pop Up

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot. Pop Up

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to. Pop Up Pop Up

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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