Are you infected by Ads by PopDeals? Ads by PopDeals can be removed using our completely free guide below.
Ads by PopDeals is a potentially unwanted application that behaves in a pattern similar to a family of Viruses called Adware. They are characterized by creating a large amount of advertisements while you work with your internet browser. Usually the virus will spawn a new page full of Ads whenever you open your browser or load a new page/tab within it. Until you remove Ads by PopDeals you may also find that certain keywords in any text your read in your browser is getting turned into hyperlinks and Ads may spawn as pop-ups whenever you hover your mouse over. Additionally your PC may experience slowdowns when you open pages, because the Ads steal system resources and internet bandwidth when loading.
Things to be aware of until you remove Ads by PopDeals from your computer
Do not click on the Ads. As long as you ignore them or just close them as they pop up your computer will be in no direct danger. This may dramatically change if you click on some of the Ads however. The real danger stems from the sites they link to and from the files they offer you to download.
First of all Adwares like Ads by PopDeals are known to generate links to fraudulent sites, whose only goal is to scam you of your money. There is no good way to tell real from fake either – the fakes will take the appearance of legal, existing sites in order to look more legitimate and might even use a very similar URL to look more convincing.
Files provided by Ads from Ads by PopDeals are not to be trusted either. Such files will commonly be contaminated by viruses and some of the most dangerous viruses in existence use the service of Adware to infect computers. Since Ads by PopDeals will exclusively offer you executable files to download you have no way to know if the file you’ve been offered is a virus.
All of these are hopefully very good reasons why you should never click on the Ads.
Different viruses – similar tricks
Removing viruses can be a tiresome and annoying experience. You can save yourself the trouble by learning to recognize them before they get into your computer. The way they work is that they target the human behind the device and trick him into installing the virus. A direct human authorization will override any computer defense mechanism.
Usually the viruses will come in the form of an executable file – that is a file that ends with .exe. The name can be whatever the virus whats it to be – usually mimicking a search query recently used by you. Thus you have to be suspicious of any .exe file you download from untrusted location like an online storage site or torrent. Whenever possible download such files only from the official developer for the executable in question.
Remove Ads by PopDeals
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button , then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Ads by PopDeals has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by PopDeals . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Ads by PopDeals should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by PopDeals and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on, the reason is that you missed something here. However, we should warn you – doing this can be extremely risky, so the best course is to seek assistance from us.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by PopDeals . We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.