Pop-up Ads Scam Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove Pop-up Ads Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.  is a program that may upset you because this browser hijacker can secretly integrate with your Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer browser, change its homepage, replace its search engine, start to redirect your searches and expose you to hundreds of ads, pop-ups, banners and nagging commercials. Still, an appropriate anti-malware tool or a detailed removal guide, just like the ones available below, can help you detect and remove Ads and get your browser back to normal. So, if you landed on this page seeking for an effective solution, stay here and read on. In the next lines, you will find all the information and instructions that you will need. Pop-up Ads Scam

Why do Pop-up ads appear?

If one fine day you notice that your default browser has suddenly become unrecognizable, the most probable reason for that could be that a browser hijacker like Pop-up has integrated with it. Browser hijackers are a special type of software that has the ability to impose certain changes to the users’ browsers, modify their searches, redirect their browsing queries and display tons of nagging pop-ups, ads, and banners on the users’ screen with one sole aim to advertise. Usually, the developers of such software earn form the clicks on the displayed commercials via Pay-Per-Click or receive some revenue by redirecting users to certain sites and bringing them traffic. According to the law, this is a legitimate way of online advertising, which does not cause serious damage to the users. However, many people feel irritated because their normal browsing may get seriously hindered. Most of the time, the browser hijacker loads their browser with commercial offers, software updates, suggestions to participate in various online surveys, and so on. Regardless of the kind of ad that might pop up, our “How to remove” team would advise you that it’s better to ignore it. The reason is, some of the pages you may land on may not be trusted and may potentially hide some serious threats such as Trojans, Ransomware, and other viruses. That’s why it is better to avoid the content generated by the browser hijacker if you want to protect your computer from hazardous redirects. You never know when and how it may unknowingly expose you to dangerous online content. Pop-up Ads Scam Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


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:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  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.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Pop-up from Internet Explorer:

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

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Pop-up from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Pop-up from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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 up 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

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

But have you noticed how appealing some of the ads look? The reason for this is that they are based on the users’ interest, browsing history, downloads, search queries, and similar information. This information is considered non-personal, so the potentially unwanted program usually collects it legally. However, information such as your search queries may also contain some personal information, and we are certain that you would not want to reveal it to an unreliable ad-generating program and any related parties. For this reason, we would encourage you to uninstall Pop-up by using the instructions in the removal guide below.

How to avoid Pop-up and similar browser hijackers in the future?

Not surprisingly, users constantly report adware, browser-hijackers and other ad-generating and potentially unwanted programs on a daily basis. This is because this type of software is usually distributed along with some free and attractive programs such as download managers, PDF file makers, media players, and other apps that are downloaded by thousands of users daily. And more than the distribution, the way the users install such software “bundles” matters the most. As we all know, people usually choose Quick Installation Settings and are often in a hurry to complete the process by hitting the ‘next’ button. Still, they rarely read the long rows of check boxes and unconsciously agree to install additional components that often include free software such as Pop-up. As a result, they make the browser hijacker part of their system and start to experience annoying ads, redirects to suspicious or dangerous web pages, browser unresponsiveness, sluggishness of the system, and so on.

You probably already get an idea of what you need to do to avoid computer infections such as Pop-up (or even much more serious threats like Ransomware, Trojans and other viruses). Basically, you have to select the Advanced or Custom Settings when installing free software, carefully read all information about the program you want to install and remove the bookmarks that are placed on “optional components” such as add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions.

Instructions for uninstalling Pop-up and all of its components in a safe manner:

The easiest way to deal with a browser hijacker and its annoyance is to remove it completely from your PC. This if not that difficult but still, you need to pay attention to certain things in order to detect the right files to remove. To avoid deleting necessary system components and to repair your computer completely, you either need to perform a full system scan with reliable software or follow the Pop-up manual removal instructions given below. If you still see ads after completing all the steps, then we recommend that you choose the automatic removal method.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browser may suddenly start redirecting you to various aggressive commercials, a new homepage or search engine may replace your default one.
Distribution Method This program is mostly found inside the installers of other free software, distributed in a bundle, via torrents, free download links, ads, spam messages, emails attachments, and ads.
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