Friday, June 20, 2014

Remove/ Get rid of Pop-ups from your Computer

The system is infected with pop-up virus? Cannot surf the Internet as before? Suffering from much slow PC performance? Read this post and take step-by-step guide to completely remove pop-ups.

Brief Introduction of Pop-up Virus: is regarded as a nasty and stubborn browser hijacker that is able to attack random system stealthily and secretly. This annoying program disguises as a legit browser add-on and hides in certain free programs. Once you download such affected freeware, pop-up virus will be installed to the system automatically. Besides, spam email attachments could contain this malicious browser hijacker. Hence you had better not open any emails from unknown persons. As long as pop-up virus gets into your OS, it first adds new entries to the system registry. As a result, it runs at the back each time the machine is powered on.

Through modifying the browser settings, pop-up virus replaces the default home page of the web browser. It then generates a lot of unwanted pop-ups when you want to access desired websites or open new tabs. Your online activities could be blocked by constant error messages like asking you to update your JavaScript. But if you click the download button on them, you would be led to suspicious websites that can automatically drop nasty programs or risky PC viruses. pop-up virus may introduce redirect virus to further mess up Chrome, Firefox or IE. All in all, it’s wise to remove pop-up malware once it occurs.

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 inserts malicious codes to the system registry as well as drops useless files to other system folders.
2. It changes many important system and browser settings without asking for any permission.
3. It installs a lot of unknown add-ons to the web browser and adds unfamiliar links to the favorites.
4. It replaces the default homepage and generates a lot of unwanted and threatened windows to mislead the victim.
5. It would shut down the network connection randomly to block online activities.
6. It can install many new icons to mess up 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.
C:\Users\user account\Appdata\Roaming
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

How to Open and Back up the Registry in Windows 8

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