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Friday, March 7, 2014 Pop-up Removal Guide

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So, two questions: number one - what is, and number two how to get rid of it? Basically, it's a potentially unwanted program that is accidentally or secretly downloaded onto your computer. Once installed, it randomly displays pop-up ads (see the image below). Most of the time, this PUP/adware displays misleading ads and pushes shady products. If you keep getting such pop-ups, close them and follow the steps in the removal guide below.

Downloaded accidentally, you say? But how could I do that when I know what I'm downloading. Well, sorry to say but whenever you download something, you could potentially be downloading something that you are completely unaware of. And this is exactly how this PUP/adware is distributed. Pop-ups only indicate that your computer is infected, so simply using an ad blocking software probably won't help you and besides it wouldn't be smart to keep adware installed on your computer anyway.

A Potentially Unwanted Program is, as the name suggests, something you probably don't really want or need. PUPs are most synonymous with tool bars and they can also redirect your browser or home page to websites of their own choice. As you can see, this particular variant can also display annoying and misleading pop-ups. Generally speaking such programs are not normally malicious and they usually aren't created with the intent of stealing your data or your identity but they are far from innocent. And besides they are downright annoying too! Some of the ads are unethical to say the least, that's why you won't see them on any other legitimate advertising platform. Scammers create their own ad networks and try to trick users into installing potentially harmful software.

That brings us to the next question: how do you spot a PUP and stop it in its tracks? In order to protect yourself you need to know how PUPs and adware install themselves on your computer - it is only by being extra vigilant that you'll know if you're being targeted.

Usually static.icmwebserv.coms comes bundled with other programs. This is normally down to one of two things: a successful company is reaching out a helping hand to a newcomer by allowing them to package their software with their own installation. However it can often be the case that the more established company has no clue that their product has been bundled with another publisher's software.

This doesn't really matter all that much to you as the end user. All it means really is that when you download Program A, adware that displays pop ups might be installed alongside it. A perfect example of this is a fake Adobe Flash installer which is also known to install various toolbars, browser hijacker and PUPs.

This all comes down to staying alert when you're installing programs. You need to take your time and restrain yourself from skipping through the End User License Agreement (EULA) – tempting as it is. Read it carefully and check the options on every window in the installation process. In many cases the makers of PUPs do actually admit to bundling them in with the regular software and will announce their presence in the Agreement. True, the wording is often ambiguous and the process may require the ticking and un-ticking of boxes, but by exercising a little care you should be able to deselect any additional programs that are trying to install themselves on your machine.

In order to stop pop-ups on your computer you need to remove adware and other unwanted programs from your computer. The problem that it usually goes by many different names, so it's not the same for everyone. I listed quite a few apps that are known to display these pop-ups. If you can't find any of them then list all the programs on your computer by install date. Most recently installed ones are probably responsible for displaying And don't forget to scan your computer with recommend anti-malware software. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, pop-up removal instructions:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Remove related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • PirritSuggestor
  • LyricsSay
  • Websteroids
  • Pirrit
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove LyricsSay, PirritSuggestor, Websteroids, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove LyricsSay, PirritSuggestor, Websteroids, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove pop-ups from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.