Sunday, August 31, 2014

Get Rid of Pop-ups from IE/FF/Chrome

Annoyed by lots of pop-ups? Cannot surf the Internet as before? Keep reading this post and take step-by-step guide to completely remove pop-up virus.

Brief Introduction of Pop-up Virus: is a malicious browser hijacker that generates a lot of pop-ups on the affected web browser. It is able to get into random Operating System through unverified free programs and junk email attachments. Hence you should pay much attention during online activities. pop-up virus will change the system registry settings once it gets installed in your workstation. As a result, it runs in the background whenever the system is powered on. Besides, this pesky program can drop many useless files to other system folders. pop-up virus will take up high system resources and slow down the whole PC performance. That is why you have to wait for a long time opening a desired program.
As a typical browser hijacker, pop-up virus makes modifications to browser settings without asking for any approval. It will install some nasty add-ons to the browser as well. Every time you open the web browser, you’ll get pop-ups asking you to download promoted programs or updates. In such case, your web browsing activities will be disrupted seriously. Even, this malware changes system DNS settings and shuts down your network connection randomly. All in all, is not a good thing. And you should remove it as soon as possible so as to avoid further damage.

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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