Thursday, September 4, 2014

Get Rid of Pop-up Virus Completely

Stuck with constant pop-ups? Redirected to this page without any approval? Suffering from extremely slow PC performance? Keep reading and learn more about pop-up virus, and get rid of it with detailed steps.

Brief Introduction of Pop-up Virus: is categorized as a malicious and stubborn browser hijacker that can mess up your online activities with constant pop-up windows. This unwanted program can often hide in free downloads to enter the target system. As long as it gets into your workstation, pop-up virus disguises as a legit system file and hides deep in the system. That’s why your installed antivirus software is not able to detect it. Later on, this malicious program will make changes to system registry settings and run itself along with the Windows. Running in the background, pop-up virus takes up high system resources and degrades the whole affected PC performance.
In addition, pop-up virus alters default browser settings and installs unknown browser add-ons stealthily. As a result, you’ll get this unknown page every time you open the web browser. Besides, or similar pages could pop up when you open new tabs or access desired websites. You could fee scared for these pop-up messages state that your web browser is in low security level or it needs to update. If you believe in them and click “Download” button on those suspicious pages, your machine would catch additional malware. Even, pop-up virus may introduce threats like redirect virus to further mess up your PC. Therefore, it’s highly advised to remove this dangerous pop-up virus to prevent great troubles.

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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