Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Pop-up Ad. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Even though has been promoted as a useful and free of cost application, which can improve the users’ web experience, many people have recently reported that it conducts a lot of potentially unwanted activities while operating on the targeted computers. The most of the complaints come from the application’s aggressive ad-generating service, which tends to fill the screen of the browser with many hard-to-remove ads, pop-ups, banners and similar commercials. Due to this behavior, has been classified as a potentially unwanted application (or PUP in short), which belongs to the adware category. The application pretends to be helpful and also free of cost add-on for browsing programs the likes of Firefox, Chrome and Edge, but what it actually does has nothing to do with improving your browsing experience and PC performance. Being recognized as an adware, seems to be related to some sponsored sites, which tend to prompt the users into clicking on pay-per-click ads and various offers. The content that the annoying software typically displays on the screen contains pop-ups messages, banners, redirect links and new tabs that aggressively tend to try to lure the users into purchasing some products, installing some promotional software tools or trying some services with questionable quality. Many users report that acts as an ad-supported application, which tends to initiate automatic page-redirects to unfamiliar websites that promote third-party products and services. If you landed on this page with the hope to learn how to remove the nagging ads and to uninstall the software in question, you have come to the right place. Below you will find detailed guidelines and a professional removal tool, both of which can help you get rid of the recent ads invasion and bring the settings of your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer (or of any other browser) back to normal.

Remove Pop-up Ad

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

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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).

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update


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. 

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update
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Virus Scanner Result
Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 UpdateClamAV
Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 UpdateAVG AV
Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 UpdateMaldet

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. 

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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:

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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:

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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.

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

  • 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).

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update —–> Manage Add-ons.

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 UpdateRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Remove Pop-up Ad (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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 fills your screen with ads for profit!

Any adware-based application is usually used as a tool for online advertising. Different third-parties can display their ads and sponsored domains through this software directly on the screen of the users with the idea to generate more traffic, more exposure and more profits from sales and clicks. To your relief, this is not something illegal or harmful and, generally, cannot cause damage to the system. However, security experts advise users to be mindful when clicking on randomly displayed messages because, sometimes, during such aggressive ads streaming, fake or misleading ads and links may sneak in the stream of advertisements and may redirect the users to insecure web locations and to malware transmitters. After all, methods like malvertising are still some of the most successful ways that hackers use to distribute Ransomware, Trojans and similar nasty viruses. That’s why, keeping your PC starts with keeping away from sketchy ads, including those generated by applications like Apart from the potential security risks, the appearance of pop-ups or ads while doing some work or browsing the web can be irritating enough for you to decide to uninstall the adware. That’s why, even though is not as malicious as a Trojan or a Ransomware virus, its behavior could be considered as potentially unwanted and it would be better if you decide to eliminate it.


Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Excessive amount of ads, pop-ups and different banners may interrupt your web surfing.
Distribution Method Typically found inside software bundles, ad-supported sites, spam, torrents, automatic installers, free download links.
Detection Tool

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!


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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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