Remove Pop-up (Feb. 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. is a new addition to the browser hijacker category which is uses some rather aggressive online advertising methods in order to promote the content of its partners. This application usually takes over some of the most commonly used browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and others and starts to generate different types of sponsored ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirect links on their screen. In addition to that, may replace the homepage URL or the search engine settings by imposing some third-party tools, domains and toolbars without asking for approval from the system Admin. This rather aggressive behavior may oftentimes be taken as a virus-inflicted activity but in reality there is no actual malware behind it. Still, a lot of web users may mistake the browser hijacker for some nasty computer threat from the ranks of Ransomware or Spyware infections and may get worried about its presence inside the system. Luckily, there is no real reason to be all that concerned if an application like is operating inside your PC because if you use the proper uninstallation methods, you can easily remove it without facing any negative consequences. In fact, in most of the cases, a scan with a trusted removal tool is usually enough to locate and help you eliminate the unwanted software from your system. If you don’t have such software or you don’t know where to start, we suggest you take a look at the instructions in the removal guide below, which explain all the steps that you need to take to safely uninstall from your system. We recommend the manual instructions for users who have some experience with computers. Otherwise, if you are unsure what needs to be removed, we suggest you use the recommended removal tool or another trusted security program as means of handling the the hijacker-related issue.

How you may end up with a browser hijacker on your PC?

The web users may easily land a browser hijacker through software bundle installations, free downloads, browser add-on installations and update installations as well as through opening spam and various other unreliable web messages. Luckily, once it gets installed, the hijacker does not hide and does not initiate criminal or malicious actions in the background of the system. Instead, it starts to promote some third-party commercial messages, websites and sales platforms in an attempt to make you click on them. The security specialists explain that all this is done with the sole goal of redirecting the web users to some predefined web locations which generate revenue from clicks and paid visits. However, they also warn that applications like may sometimes display some aggressive and misleading messages which may land you on insecure web locations. For instance, you may come across random ads that may require of you to fill in your name, your email and other personal data in order to win a prize or to download some free tools. Keep in mind, though, that it is not a good idea to provide your information to such randomly generated messages and links because they may sometimes be linked to scams or nasty infections such as Ransomware and Trojans, which you definitely don’t want on your computer.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Different annoying sponsored commercials may start to flood your screen. 
Distribution Method You may install this program via software bundles, torrents, ads, spam, free download links and shareware.
Detection Tool

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


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

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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