This page will help you to learn how to recognize and remove the Positive Ad Pop Up Virus. All pop-up ads showing on your browser or the opening of random websites are signs that your system has been infected with a virus. The removal information provided works for all browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as for all iterations of Windows, both Mac and OS X.
Positive Ad Pop Up Virus has been classified as coming from one of the least harmful viruses out there. However, there is no such things as ‘least harmful’ virus because they could all potentially damage your system and/or access your most secured files and information that you keep on the PC. For this reason, it is very important that you know how to remove the Positive Ad Pop Up Virus and do it as soon as you realize that something is not working right.
It is normal to find online advertisements on basically all website you visit. It is also OK to find such in your regular inbox or spam folder. Commercials are everywhere and we are exposed to them all of the time, but some need to be removed. However, hackers use this to fulfill their malicious purposes by spreading Positive Ad Pop Up Virus. It is easy to mix a real legit and good ad with a false one. Positive Ad Pop Up Virus appears in the form of multiple and excessive ads popping on your browser while you work. Also, you could notice random hyperlinks or even flashing ads that may seem entertaining at fist with all the sounds and colorful images, but if you click on even one of them it will take you to a malicious website, and this is what hackers want you to do. Phishing e-mails — emails that seem from legit senders and organizations, but when you open them there is either a flashing content or simply nothing — are another common sign for Positive Ad Pop Up Virus. Everything you download on your computer should be verified and scanned first. Never download anything that’s suspicious or that you are not sure of. The removal guide is easy to use and it is advisable that you apply the steps immediately so that you can uninstall the virus and know that your files and personal information is safe.
What hackers use Positive Ad Pop Up Virus for is to steal exactly that–your passwords, credit cards information, important dates and/or events of your life, etc. They use those for illegal purposes of which the most common ones are identity theft and stolen money or even for laundering money and/or illegal foreign transactions. It is best practice to be well acquainted with the PC you are using, the files you store and stay alert at all times for suspicious activity.
For the moment, Chrome is most vulnerable to viruses because it is the most used browser and of its settings. Firefox has higher security and in fact they have banned the use of Flash, which prompts users to install another client. Along with that, Firefox is lacking on some of the most useful applications and extensions. Internet Explorer is “outdated” so to speak because it is rarely used anymore. People who are not very tech-savvy are the ones who continue to use Explorer and hackers use their lack of knowledge for scams and the spread of viruses.
If you notice that you end up seeing websites you never typed the URL for or wanted to see; if you notice random adds showing on your screen like banners, boxes, flashing images in the middle of your screen, etc.; if you notice emails in your inbox that are from known, but at the same time unknown senders do not click, view or open any of them. It is most likely a virus that is trying to get into your PC. Always verify security information and use the removal guide as your best friend against viruses.
|Symptoms||Random ads popping-up, email spams, phishing emails, random opening of websites|
|Distribution Method||E-mail attachments, clicking on captivating but malicious ads, through visiting a website containing a virus|
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs and check MS Config.
3: Check your hosts file and domain network for being hacked.
4:Remove Positive Ad Pop Up Virus from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
5: Remove Positive Ad Pop Up Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit.
Positive Ad Pop Up Virus Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Positive Ad Pop Up Virus may have hidden some of its files.
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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.
In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:
If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.
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) as well.
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Positive Ad Pop Up Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Positive Ad Pop Up Virus from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
A BIG WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to Positive Ad Pop Up Virus. If you do not feel you can do this, download a professional remover.
Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random