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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Remove pop-up ads (Virus Removal Guide)

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If you're getting a lot of new pop-up tabs then your computer is infected with adware and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). Not only these pop-up ads are very annoying but they can also take control of your entire web browser and as a result you have to use task manager to close the browser. We all know that there are things out there that wish to harm us. The Internet is a veritable cornucopia of cyber criminals, viruses, scams, spam emails, spyware, adware, Trojan Horses and various other nasties all waiting to steal our identities, empty our bank accounts, corrupt our files, use our computers to hijack other PCs - and more. It's pretty scary stuff and I bet that if we stopped to think about it in much detail, some of us would be extremely hesitant to even log on to the Internet again! But there's no point being paranoid, the one thing you must do is not let the fear take over but instead take control of your own life online and instead learn how to defend yourself against the Internet bullies. pop-up ads won't steal your passwords or delete your files but they can redirect you to sketchy and misleading websites created by scam artists.

The problem is knowing where to start and with so many dangers out there, and all of them growing increasingly sophisticated by the day, it can be hard to know which malware can do what and how. And sometimes it can be tempting to dismiss certain types of malicious software as 'not as bad' as the others - take adware or Potentially Unwanted Programs that create pop-up ads for example. The fact is that cyber criminals, spammers, software developers, call them what you will are always on the look out for more sophisticated ways to fool us. Therefore how can we really know what a particular program will do to us. And of course, to compound that problem is the fact that having one rogue installation on your computer can open up a portal to allow others to infect you too.

So what of the aforementioned Potentially Unwanted Programs? These are not technically classed as malware as they are downloadable and, although you may not knowing you're downloading one, you actually will have been given a (reasonably) fair warning. Also known as PUPs for short, or sometimes foistware, these programs are usually bundled with other software. Meaning that when you download Program A - if it has a PUP packaged with it, you'll also be downloading Potentially Unwanted Program B. And most of the time, program B has misleading EULA or doesn't have it at all. Very often users don't even understand where these pop-ups are coming from. Most of the time, they are displayed by potentially unwanted programs that came bundled with other applications, mostly adware.

So how do you know? The trick is to read the End User License Agreement carefully. You know - that boring box of text that so many of us flippantly click through without paying any attention in order to download our software more quickly. If you took the time to read the EULA a little more carefully you may just find that your desired Program A also comes bundled with a little added extra that the agreement will 'suggest' you also download. This may be a toolbar, a browser, a home page or adverts like It's true that the wording might be a little ambiguous and it will try to make the PUP look as officially affiliated with the original program as possible and it may check or uncheck boxes in advance that give the PUP the go-ahead to install, but by exercising a little due care and attention, you should be able to avoid it.

If it's already too late on your computer is flooded with annoying and misleading pop-up pop-ups and ads, then please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, Pop-Up Ads 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 ads 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:
  • BlockAndSurf
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Safer-Surf
  • SpeedCheck
  • 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-up ads 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, BlockAndSurf, Safer-Surf, SpeedCheck, 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 pop-up ads related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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

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

Remove pop-up ads 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.