Ppcorn is a potentially unwanted piece of software that has been built to run online advertising campaigns and to generate income for its developers. Ppcorn may fill the screen of your browser with sponsored pop-up ads and banners, and redirect your searches to pre-defined websites.
In general, the behavior of programs such as Ppcorn is dictated by Pay-Per-View and Pay-Per-Click remuneration models. That’s why, for as long as this application is present inside your system, you are likely to constantly be bombarded with various promotional messages, on-screen notifications, banners and links that prompt you to click on them and automatically redirect you to specific pages.
The Ppcorn Virus
Typically, programs like the Ppcorn virus are declared to be helpful tools which enhance your browsing experience by connecting to your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other web browsers. In reality, however, these programs operate more like browser hijackers and may modify the settings of your default browser in a number of ways.
For instance, they may change the homepage URL or install a new search engine without your approval. They can also start to automatically redirect you to supported pages and fill the screen of the hijacked browser with various aggressive pop-up ads, banners and blinking boxes that don’t want to be removed. That’s why it is not recommended that these programs be left to operate on your computer for long.
Of course, we are not saying this to scare you. In fact, if we have to be honest, a piece like Ppcorn is not actually a computer virus, a ransomware threat, a Trojan, or some other type of malware that is intended to destroy your computer. This is simply a browser hijacker that is used for advertising purposes. However, its presence in your system may lead to many unwanted interruptions during web browsing sessions, as well as sudden system crashes, browser unresponsiveness and general ad-related disturbances. Thais is the reason why many people prefer to uninstall Ppcorn and remove its ads when they are given the chance to.
Unfortunately, most programs of the browser hijacker type are considered to be very difficult to uninstall. This is because locating their files and having them removed from the computer may often require a bit more tinkering with the system’s settings. This is why you either need to use a special tool to automatically delete Ppcorn, or you can try to manually detect the hijacker-related files with the help of the instructions of a removal guide like the one below.
In any case, getting rid of the browser hijacking software is a good idea because, even though it may not damage your machine in a serious way, you still cannot trust it completely. What we mean with this is that you can never know how trustworthy the hijacker’s web ads are and where they may redirect you to. If you are unlucky and you happen to click on a misleading links, a fake pop-up ad or a dubious web offer, you may not only get tricked to purchase some low-quality service or product, but may also download other unnecessary components. It is even not excluded that you may land on a virus transmitter, a Trojan or a ransomware infection because these malicious pieces of software can often be distributed via malvertising. That is why the best way to avoid such dangers, (as well as aggressive advertising) is to uninstall Ppcorn with the instructions in the following guide.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Your web browser may have its search engine or homepage replaced with a different one.|
|Distribution Method||Developers commonly bundle Browser Hijackers with other free and attractive applications and distribute them together.|
Remove Ppcorn Virus Pop up
To try and remove Ppcorn quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Ppcorn extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Ppcorn by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Ppcorn and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Ppcorn removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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.
- 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.
Remove Ppcorn 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 Ppcorn from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Ppcorn 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.
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—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!