Sunday, August 3, 2014

Remove Pop-ups from Chrome/FF/IE

The IE/ Chrome/ Firefox is messed up by tons of pop-ups? The Internet connection is shut down randomly? Keep reading this post and take professional and fast guide to completely get rid of pop-up virus.

Brief Introduction of Pop-up Virus: is classified as a dangerous browser hijacker that displays a lot of pop-up windows on the screen to promote malicious programs. Making use of spam email attachments and unverified free downloads, pop-up virus comes into the target computer. It can be installed in the system without asking for any approval. After then, this malware tries hard to carry out as many harmful activities as possible. It would modify system registry settings to activate itself on Windows boot-up. Even, it adds many useless files to the system folders to cause chaos.

It’s reported that pop-ups disguise as a helpful browser tool to enrich your online activities. But you’ll get constant pop-ups or hyperlinks on the screen. This is really annoying while your web browsing actions will be disrupted randomly. In addition, pop-up virus could monitor your keystrokes to collect sensitive information and online habits. It may send the gathered data to remote servers for illicit purposes. On the other hand, your network connection could be shut down suddenly for pop-up virus won’t allow you to download any security software or files. All in all, the earlier you remove pop-up virus, the better it will be.

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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