Saturday, June 21, 2014

Remove/ Delete Pop-ups and Speed up the PC

Annoyed by lots of pop-ups? The web browser is messed up totally? Suffering from rather slow PC performance? No worries, this post contains step-by-step professional guide to help thoroughly get rid of pop-ups.

Brief Introduction of Pop-up Virus: is a nasty program that hijacks the web browser stealthily and generates a lot of unwanted pop-up windows. Usually, this malware comes into your Operating System through unsafe free downloads or junk email attachments. After then, pop-up virus starts to carry out malicious activities. For instance, it adds new files to the system registry as well as other system folders furtively. As a result, it runs in the background once you open the machine. Besides, pop-up virus occupies a lot of system resources and slows up the PC performance. It will then take you a lot of time to open desired programs.

Besides, pop-up malware modifies the default browser settings without any approval. Later on, it appears on the screen when you open the web browser. Meanwhile, lots of other similar pages would pop up constantly when you want to open new tabs or visit desired websites. Under such circumstance, you will be unable to surf the Internet as before. In addition, pop-up virus installs many add-ons to the web browser. It will even download files to do instant updates so as to avoid being detected and deleted. Hence, it’s wise to remove pop-up virus once it appears so that you don’t have to suffer from a lot.

How Do You Know Your Browser Is Hijacked?

If you open the web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, you find that the original welcome page is replaced by a certain unknown website, and then it can be a conclusion that your browser could be hijacked by a virus. For this kind of browser hijacking virus, it can change your default home page to without asking for your permission. Other traits of this malicious virus are as below:
1. It will not only replace the default home page but also redirect desired pages to random pop-ups.
2. It messes up the web browser with a lot of promoted windows.
3. It will even install many unwanted add-ons or plug-ins to the Chrome, Firefox and IE stealthily.
4. It could block your online activities by shutting down the Internet connection.
5. It attracts or threatens you to download or pay for malicious products.
6. It would add many new icons to the desktop to mislead you to dangers.

Manual Removal Guide of Pop-up Virus: pop-up virus hijacks the web browser and generates a lot of annoyances and inconveniences. On the other hand, it is able to avoid the detection and deletion of some antivirus software. Hence, manual removal can be considered at first. Please follow the manual guide below to get rid of pop-up virus thoroughly.

1. Remove all cookies on the affected browser.
Google Chrome
Click Tools menu, then select “Clear browsing data”. Tick “Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data” and click “Clear browsing data”.

Mozilla Firefox
Click Tools, then Options. Under Privacy tab, click “remove individual cookies”. Then click on “Remove All Cookies” button.

Internet Explorer
Click Tools button. In Safety tab, click “delete browsing history”. Then check “Cookies and website data” and click Delete.

2. End all related processes of pop-up virus from Task Manager.
Press Ctrl, Alt and Esc keys (Windows 7) together to activate Task Manager. Click Process tab and find out related processes of pop-up virus. Then stop them.

3. Show hidden files and folders.
Click Start button, then Control Panel. Search Folder Options, then click View tab. Check “Show hidden files and folders”, and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (recommended)”. Then click OK.

4. Clear all created files and registries of pop-up virus.
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

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