This page aims to help you block the PopAds.net “Virus”. These PopAds.net “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Having a fast, smoothly working browser that has been customized to suit your personal preferences is essential for having a pleasurable and productive online experience. Unfortunately, there are programs out there which can make all of that go away. One such program is called PopAds.net “Virus” and as soon as it gets installed on your machine it integrates itself within your Firefox, Chrome or IE browser and changes its homepage, search engine and sometimes even redirects the user to other pages without the their permission. This might not sound like much, but in reality having such an application on your PC can get quite frustrating the longer the unwanted software remains active. Therefore, we are here to help those of you having a similar problem with PopAds.net “Virus”. We will teach you some of the most important aspects and traits of this and other similar programs and in our manual guide below, we will show you how you can remove the irritating software from your system.
PopAds.net is a Browser Hijacker
As we already said, there are a lot of programs known to get inside your browser and alter its settings without your permission. Those programs are called Browser Hijackers and PopAds.net is only one of the latest of this type. Software of this kind is usually used as an online marketing tool that uses different methods for the single purpose of benefiting its creator. You have probably already noticed how huge the online marketing industry is getting – Hijacker developers are simply exploiting this industry for their own benefit. Here, it is important to mention that most software of this type is not illegal and so are the techniques it uses to generate income. Still, this does not make Browser Hijackers any less annoying or irritating and often removing them is the only way to stop them from messing with your browser settings.
Hijackers and viruses
A lot of people regard Browser Hijackers as some sort of malicious viruses similar to the infamous Ransomware or the malicious Trojan Horses. This common misconception comes from the lack of information that people have concerning programs like PopAds.net. Surely, it is an unwanted program and it can really be a major pain in the neck, but this does not mean it is some sort of noxious Ransomware that is currently locking your files and trying to blackmail you for them. As we stated above, most Browser Hijackers are actually legal and do not seek to harm your system or data. However, it is still better to get rid of the irritating program as soon as possible and also be careful around it during the time it remains installed on your PC. While it might not be malicious itself, there are several Browser Hijacker traits that are more than enough reason why such software should not be allowed to remain on your PC for any extended period of time.
- Programs of this kind are sometimes capable of spying on your browser, monitoring your online activities and saving the obtained data for later use. Usually, the acquired info is not something essential and is simply used for marketing purposes, but this is still an invasion of your privacy and should not be overlooked and neglected.
- Browser Hijackers may display fake error messages on your monitor. This is actually a cunning marketing trick that is usually a way to promote certain PC optimization software. Do not fall for these warning notifications – if they do not come from your own anti-virus program or OS, then it is usually better to disregard them.
- Unwanted applications of this type could potentially lead to your PC becoming sluggish and sometimes even causing freezes and browser crashes. This is usually caused either by the high system resource demand of the unwanted software or by its poor programming and the presence of bugs. Normally, all this will go away as soon as you remove the Hijacker.
Tips for future
After you uninstall the irritating piece of programming and eliminate every trace that it might have left behind, you’d need to ensure that your system stays clean and safe. In order to achieve that, from now on do not visit or download anything from websites that do not seem trustworthy or that are illegal. Also, delete without opening any suspicious e-mails and also do not click on any shady hyperlinks or online ads. Lastly, remember to always use the Custom setup settings, when about to install any new software. File bundles are one of the most common and successful method for PopAds.net distribution and you may often not know if the installer of a certain program is not actually a file-bundle that has the unwanted application inside it. In such a case, if you rush for the Quick install, you are likely to get all added applications along the main thing. However, opting for the Custom setup, you’d be able to see and choose which of the potential added installs stay and which are going to be left out. Therefore, if you see any add-on that seems potentially unwanted, make sure to uncheck it before continuing.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Different unwanted alterations to your browser like a changed default search engine and homepage. Sudden page redirects are also possible.|
|Distribution Method||The preferred methods for Browser Hijacker distribution are junk mail, hidden links. deceptive ads and software bundles.|
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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
- Do not skip this – PopAds.net may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove PopAds.net from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove PopAds.net from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove PopAds.net from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
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.
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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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