Sunday, July 20, 2014

Get Rid of Pop-up Ads Thoroughly

Lots of pop-up ads mess up the online activities? The PC performs much slowly? No worries, this post contains step-by-step guide to help completely remove pop-ups.

Brief Introduction of Pop-up Virus: is regarded as a much malicious browser hijacker or pop-up virus that has the ability to get into random Windows stealthily. It can mask as a browser add-on and hide in free programs or spam email attachments. Once pop-up virus finishes its infiltration into your system, it will begin to carry out malicious activities. This malware can drop new entries to the system registry so as to run in the background each time the workstation is powered on. Besides, pop-up virus will occupy a lot of system resources and CPU usage to slow up the entire affected PC performance.

Via changing browser settings and installing unknown browser add-ons, pop-up virus takes over your Chrome, Firefox and IE. It then appears on the screen when you open the web browser. Besides, similar pages will pop up to ask you to download programs or updates. With pop-up virus inside the OS, you would find it really hard to surf the Internet as before. What’s worse, this pesky program would shut down your network connection at times. It downloads updates to avoid being detected but won’t allow you to download security tools. As described above, it’s wise to remove pop-up virus as fast as possible.

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

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