Thursday, June 12, 2014

Remove/ Get Rid of Pop-ups Step by Step

The web browser is messed up by pop-ups? Suffering from rather slow PC performance? Cannot remove this nasty program with the installed antivirus? Read this post and follow professional and effective guide to completely and safely get rid of pop-ups.

Brief Introduction of Pop-up Virus: pop-ups are much annoying and stubborn that they mess up the affected web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. This nasty pop-up virus usually takes chance to enter the system when you download free programs from unverified websites or open junk email attachments. Once pop-up virus gets inside your machine successfully, it will try hard to promote its websites as well as products. This malware is able to add new entries to the system registry without asking for any approval. Besides, pop-up virus makes modifications to the browser settings. It changes the default homepage to its own domain stealthily.

In addition, pop-up malware generates lots of unwanted windows on the screen when you want to access a web page. Those sites block your online activities by displaying security messages. That is, you’ll be asked to download or buy programs to continue your web browsing actions. However, such messages are not real and will lead you to suspicious pages that contain malicious programs and even risky PC viruses. pop-up malware could allow additional threats like redirect virus to further mess up the PC. What’s more, this pesky program can install many nasty add-ons to the web browser and system, which would decrease the entire system performance. All in all, we strongly recommend that you take instant action to remove pop-up virus once you find it.

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 can change both your home page and other desired websites to its domains without any approval.
2. It makes changes to the browser settings and won’t allow you to change them back.
3. It will even install many unwanted add-ons or plug-ins to the Chrome, Firefox and IE stealthily.
4. It would prevent you from accessing certain websites like security software related ones by shutting down the Internet connection.
5. It shows lots of promoted windows to ask you to download programs.
6. It can alter system files or settings to cause chaos to the desktop.

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

How to Open and Back up the Registry in Windows 8

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