This page aims to help you uninstall Pokki Update “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
The article you are reviewing at the moment is focused on Pokki. This program is a form of ad-producing software the only usage of which is to display ads in different colors and shapes. Another typical aspect of all ad-broadcasting programs is that they normally target all your browser apps and affect them by making them behave in an annoying way – even the most popular ones such as Firefox or Chrome, might get infected. All the programs capable of doing that are called Adware and we will be talking about them in detail below.
General details regarding Adware:
All the programs characterized as Adware have been created to act as marketing tools. Indeed, this ad-producing product has exactly such a purpose: to broadcast as many pop-ups, tabs or banners, as it is actually possible. The parties interested in creating and using this kind of software are the producers of the goods that are advertised; the providers of the services offered; and the creators of Adware themselves. The product manufacturers and service providers actually pay the software developers to write the most effective promotion-oriented software (the one displaying the largest number of ads in the most effective way). After that, some of the promoted products may be bought by the people seeing the ads, thus their manufacturers might profit. This is a win-win situation – every party involved in the scheme is happy in the end, except for the irritated users who accidentally end up installing any form of ad-producing software.
In what ways may Adware get spread?
What might appear somewhat suspicious about all ad-producing programs is that they do not get spread in a clear way. In the majority of the cases, you could find such software as a part of a contagious website or a torrent, or as a component of a video-sharing platform, etc. Nonetheless, oftentimes Pokki and the other products of this kind could be lurking inside bundles and you might end up getting tricked into willingly installing them on your device. If you still have no idea about what software bundles are: they represent free software in many forms – games, apps, programs. There is nothing dangerous about such bundles in general. Still, Pokki may be hiding inside them and this might not be stated anywhere in the description of such a bundle, which is suspicious.
To remove Pokki, you need to…
Just scroll down to the Removal Guide after the table. From there it shouldn’t be difficult – simply follow the instructions.
Pokki Update “Virus” Uninstall
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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 and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Remove Pokki from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Pokki from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Pokki 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.
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—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!
An important tip: We know that you perhaps want to try a version of certain software for free, and it may be spread in bundles. In this case, to keep being Adware-free, you need to learn how to install such bundles in a proper way. If you do that right, no ad-producing program will ever annoy you. Just follow this ultimate piece of advice: whatever you install on your PC, make sure you go with the Advanced or the Customized wizard feature. If you do that, each detail regarding the bundle will be stated and you will be able to select what you really want from all of its content, and what you don’t want to install. Then you will just have to opt out of the unnecessary products like Adware, for instance.
The info above perhaps has left you with the impression that Adware is as dangerous as malware…
Still, this is not the case at all. Adware, because of the way it may broadcast its ads, and the way it could get distributed, has been regarded as potentially unwanted for a long time, however, it has never been classified as malware. And you are going to see why – there are substantial differences between Adware and malware. For example, Ransomware and Trojans are seen as the most harmful malware subcategories. What such viruses could do is to hack your PC without your approval, just by themselves, for this purpose using a weakness of your system (or any program). After that their dangerous activities usually involve destroying data or corrupting it; encrypting files and asking for a ransom in exchange for their recovery; espionage; tracking your private online activities or directly on you using your webcam; infiltrating your banking and social media accounts and using them for stealing money, etc.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Annoying production of too many online ads such as banners and pop-ups which might slow down the entire system.|
|Distribution Method||Via software bundles; also inside spam; shareware; torrents.|
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