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Friday, April 4, 2014

Remove pop-up ads (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends: pop-up ads are not only extremely annoying but also misleading and potentially unwanted because most of them distribute DomaIQ adware installers. Detection ratio isn't very good for this PUP and adware installer which means your antivirus might not detect it. Some other detection names: PUA.Lollipop!, Win32:Installer-U [PUP], PUP.Optional.BundleInstaller.A, PUP/MultiToolbar.A. Besides, such installers are updated rather often, so instead of downloading them close misleading pop up ads immediately. Of course, the fact that you are getting pop-ups on your computer means that the system is already infected with adware or PUP. Since this infection is not the same for everyone you will have to identify the culprit yourself or even better run a full system scan with anti-malware software. One way or another, I wrote a short guide to removing pop up ads and related malware from your computer.
You are currently browsing the web with Google Chrome and your Video Player might be outdated pop up ads

Depending on the adware program you have on your computer, misleading ads might tell you that your Video Player might be outdated or that a Flash player update is required. Both pop ups are fake if you actually choose to update it then you will download DomaIQ. This installer will download Flash Player for you just as it says, however, at the same time it will install adware and PUPs on your computer. It may even hijack your web browser, install malicious extensions and browser helper objects. Most of them are used either to display ads or track your browsing habits. If you think that you need to update your Flash player download the latest version from the official site only. Because seriously, I bet you don't want to end up installing a bunch of malware on your computer.

Now for the pop up ads, I've identify a few adware porgrams that display these ads. I will update the list if I find new adware or PUP. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

A Guide to Removing

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:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • 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 related extensions from Google Chrome:

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

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.

Remove related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove related add-ons 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.