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Remove Pop Up Ad (Chrome/Safari/FF/IE) June 2019 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Pop Up Ad. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Mac OSX. is a new addition to the browser hijacker software category and it has been created to earn pay-per-click revenue from the generation of various sponsored ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirects. If you have this piece of software inside your Chrome, Safari,Firefox or Explorer browser, then you can most probably notice some changes to the homepage URL and/oto r the default search engine of the browser as well as some new buttons and toolbars that have been added without you having agreed to that. The new elements may even page-redirect you to different sites, sales platforms, offers and aggressive commercial messages. A major struggle that most web users face with is the constant ad disturbance that this hijacker may create during their regular web surfing. The application typically promotes numerous third-party ads and annoying pop-up messages on the screen and redirects most of the web searches to some predefined websites full of nagging in-text ads, audio or video ads, pop-unders, side click prompts, colorful banners and similar aggressive advertising content. Despite its intrusiveness, however, is not considered to be a virus or a piece of malware similar to Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware or other security threats. The nature of this browser hijacker is rather harmless and the sole intention of its creators is to make online profits through PPC remuneration models. Still, there are some quite unwanted effects of keeping such software inside your PC. For instance, may not only irritate you by constantly displaying dozens of sponsored ads but it may also contribute to the exposure to unwanted and misleading content. Here are some other common and really irritating issues, which you may experience if you don’t uninstall the browser hijacker from your system:

  • Modifications of the browser’s settings, without the users’ approval.
  • Modification of the search results and exposure to predefined web locations full of sponsored content.
  • Traffic data collection and transfer of the collected information to third-parties and advertisers.
  • Generation of hard-to-remove ads, pop-ups, pop-unders and banners all over the screen when the browser is in use.
  • Automatic page-redirects to different web locations with questionable reputation.
  • Generation of numerous sponsored links and click prompts on all visited pages. Pop Up Ad

All these activities can put you in a situation where you may not be able to use your main browser normally and may have to constantly deal with unwanted and irrelevant adverts during all of your browsing sessions. Not to mention that clicking on randomly displayed links and ads is never advisable as it may sometimes hide serious security hazards such as real viruses and nasty infections like Ransomware and Trojans. For this reason, a good and permanent solution that can prevent a potential encounter with unwanted ads and online threats is uninstalling from the system with the help of the instructions in the removal guide on this page. Keep in mind, though, that as a typical browser hijacker, this application may reinstall itself again if you fail to remove all of its related components from the computer. That’s why it is really important to follow the steps shown in the guide with precision or use the suggested professional removal tool in case of doubt.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  It is typical for this program to spam the screen with various sponsored ads and to redirect you to partnering pages.
Distribution Method Commonly found inside different software bundles, free software installers, ads, spam, torrents, freeware sites and emails.
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).

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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:

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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