Popcash Ads “Virus” Removal (June 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Popcash “Virus”. These Popcash “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you found this page, then you most probably are looking for a way to remove the constant annoyance that a program called Popcash “Virus” may have been causing you. This program is adware and as such, it can be incredibly intrusive and irritating, especially when it integrates with your Chrome, Explorer or Firefox and starts to produce an uncontrollable amount of ads, different banners and pop-ups every time you are using it. It may also affect your general online experience by causing the affected browser to crash or freeze, this way interrupting your browsing when you least expect it. Another quite invasive activity related to this program is its ability to monitor your history of searches, bookmarks and frequently visited pages and “magically” match its ads according to that. How harmful such activity can be and what else you can expect from adware of this type you can learn in the next lines. At the end of the page, you will also find a removal guide, which is specially created to help you uninstall Popcash “Virus” from your system and safely remove all of its nagging ads once and for all. Do not hesitate to use the instructions if your browsing becomes impossible due to this software and let us know if you need any help.

What is the actual purpose of adware like Popcash “Virus”?

The reason of you being bombarded with various popping advertisements lies in one aggressive advertising method known as Pay-Per-Click. This is a very popular remuneration model that many online based businesses, vendors, and web advertisers employ, to make sure that they promote their services, products and web pages as much as possible and eventually make some money from sales or sponsored clicks. Programs like Popcash “Virus” are just the perfect tool for that because they basically integrate a special ad-generating script inside the users’ browser and make it display all these advertisements directly on their screen. Many people, tough, fail to correctly identify the source of the ads and usually think that they have been attacked by a virus or some nasty malware (probably a Trojan or Ransomware threat) which tries to trick them into clicking on some well-camouflaged infection. This is a very wrong assumption, which leads to unnecessary panic and doesn’t really relate to the adware. Programs like Popcash “Virus” have no malicious capabilities and don’t share the typical behavioral traits of a virus or a harmful infection. In fact, their aim has nothing to do with data corruption, system destruction, credential stealing or other criminal activities, which threats like Trojans, Ransomware and Spyware are specialized in. However, a lot of online users do really get irritated by the ads invasion caused by this software and want to uninstall it from their PC in an attempt to save themselves from the uncontrollable flow of popping promotional messages.

Popcash “Virus” 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.


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

A lot of people ignore what is written and then ask us, so we are putting this information here. To remove parasite without it coming back, you WILL 100% have to:

  Delete files belonging to suspicious processes in your Task Manager.

 

  Meddle with system files and folders, including ones belonging to Windows.

Both of these can damage your system. If you want a fast safe solution, we always recommend SpyHunter, because it has an option, allowing its owners to send a customized fix made for your PC. We guarantee it will work. You can access it at "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> Select Problem Type ---> Unremoved Parasite. 

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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. 

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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. 

Step3

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

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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:

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

Step4

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.

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Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Popcash “Virus” 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 Popcash “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Popcash “Virus” 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.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

How should you protect your system from programs like Popcash “Virus”?

When it comes to adware programs like Popcash “Virus”, there are a few very easy tips that can effectively help you to keep such software away from your system. First of all, it is a good idea to avoid sketchy sites, which you don’t trust or contain aggressive ads, intrusive pop-ups and suspicious messages that prompt you to click or download something. Be cautious when you come across software installers, which are available for free and promise you too-good-to-be-true functionality. In most of the cases, these are just software bundles, packed with some attractive program or new application, but they also may contain some nagging ad-generating software like Popcash “Virus” or another potentially unwanted program. Spam emails with attachments, promotional links, too aggressive offers, or torrents are not a reliable source of software and you can never be sure what kind of programs they contain, so if you come across them, you should always have a thing in mind. It is also advisable to have control over your downloads and never allow to different software to get downloaded or installed on your PC automatically, without you manually checking what programs could be packed in its setup. It is very important to always use options like “Custom” or “Advanced” to check the setup that you are about to run for additionally bundled applications, because programs like Popcash “Virus” may eventually be packed inside and trick you into installing them along with the software you desire.

SUMMARY:

Name Popcash
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may integrate with your Chrome, Explorer or Firefox and start to produce an uncontrollable amount of ads, different banners and pop-ups every time you are using it.
Distribution Method Software installers and bundles, free downloads, spam, email attachments, torrents, freeware or shareware sites.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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