Ads Removal

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

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

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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).



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.


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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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 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 from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove 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.


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.
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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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