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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Remove pop-up (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends: pop-up ads usually show up on computers infected with potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and adware. If you keep getting these annoying pop ups then I'm afraid your computer is very likely infected as well. Please use this guide to remove pop-ups and any associated malware.

Sometimes it can feel like you've only just got to grips with the latest Internet lingo and then along comes another acronym or some more 'geek speak'. And now, we're going to introduce you to PUPs – or Potentially Unwanted Programs to give them their proper title. Don't have the faintest idea what a PUP is? Don't worry – that's what we're about to explain. Read on as we tell you what Potentially Unwanted Programs are, and what they mean for you and your computer.

PUPs – the Internet sneak

By their very nature, Potentially Unwanted Programs that display pop-up windows are incredibly sneaky. They manage to fall through the net of most antivirus programs because they are always mentioned in the End User License Agreements or the Terms and Conditions you agree to when you download genuine new software or programs. And because this mention is often hidden in ambiguous wording or involves a lot of checking and unchecking of boxes, this means that you are actually agreeing to the downloading of the PUP, even if you don't realize it.

The developers of Potentially Unwanted Programs are clearly taking advantage of the fact that when most of us download files or install new software we either don't read – or don't spend much time reading - the License Agreements. It is thanks to our lack of attention to detail that developers can slightly amend these T's & C's – we don't notice – and the result is we wind up with a bunch of programs that we probably have no use for on our machine.

Marketing of PUPs

Basically by downloading a Potentially Unwanted Program, you've been suckered in by a form of marketing. That in itself doesn't sound too bad but the problem is that many PUPs leave us vulnerable to holes in our computer's security, can target us with annoying pop-up adverts or can download further software on to our operating systems.

Some people find that they grow to like using the PUP – after all, who can complain about getting some free - and possibly useful – software? And that is why PUPs are only potentially unwanted. However if something seems too good to be true, it generally is.

The fact is that a Potentially Unwanted Program has not been created to benefit you; it's been developed to benefit its creator.

After reading that, we're sure no one wants to be affected by pop-ups and PUPs that display them. So, stay safe and read that license agreement – yes we know it's boring, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, Removal Guide:

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:
  • LyricsSay
  • Websteroids
  • SavingsBull
  • 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, Websteroids, SavingsBull, 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, Websteroids, SavingsBull, 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.