Monday, August 11, 2014

Remove/Get Rid of Pop-up Virus

Annoyed by lots of pop-up windows? Cannot surf the Internet as before? Find it hard to remove virus? Read this post and take step-by-step guide to thoroughly solve the problem.

Brief Introduction of Pop-up Virus: is classified as a malicious browser hijacker that generates a lot of pop-up windows on the web browser. It always enters the target computer along with certain unauthorized free programs like video players, PDF readers or music players. After then, you’ll suffer from a lot of troubles and inconveniences. For example, your machine performs rather slowly as pop-up virus can take up most of the system resources when running in the background. Besides, it drops new entries to the system registry so as to run automatically on Windows start-up.

Through altering the browser settings, pop-up virus takes over your Chrome, Firefox and IE. It will appear on the screen whenever you open the web browser. In addition, similar pop-ups will be displayed when you open new tabs or want to access desired pages. Such pop-ups aim to promote its products. Some could spread malicious programs or even PC viruses to cause further damage to your OS. Even, this malware keeps record of your browsing history and gathers sensitive information. This will be rather dangerous. To help you get rid of pop-ups as well as troubles, we provide detailed guide below. Please take it step by step.

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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