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Friday, January 30, 2015

Remove Popup Virus (Uninstall Guide)

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From pop-up virus and spyware to adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs, there's no end of online enemies queuing up to do us some damage. In fact, and especially if you've been a victim of a virus or malware infection, it can sometimes feel as though it's becoming more and more difficult to avoid the barrage of attacks from malicious hackers, fraudsters and cyber criminals.

There are programs designed to corrupt our files, ones that empty our bank accounts, ones that monitor the websites we visit and the letters and numbers we type and ones that flood our computers with unwanted adverts, toolbars, homepages and browsers. And there are ones that hijack your web browser and open offensive websites you didn't ask for like To be fair the last one doesn't sound quite as devastating as having your bank account hacked into, but it is still something that you should take pains to avoid happening to you if you don't want your computer to be left vulnerable to attacks of a more serious nature.

So exactly how do malware and viruses infiltrate our computers? And, crucially: what can we do to stop them?

Well, virus programmers don't make it easy for us. They use increasingly sophisticated methods to infect us – after all, there's big money to be made in the malware industry. And because no two malware programs are the same, it can be confusing to understand the what's, why's, and wherefore's of this particular phenomenon. Clearly there is a big difference between spyware which has been created to steal your personal information by logging your key strokes and a browser hijacker, but that doesn't mean we should put up with having our personal online space invaded by tools or pages that we don't want.

If you've found that a browser hijacker has been installed on your PC without you remember having downloaded it yourself and displays pop-up when you open your web browser or new tab, you have been infected by a browser hijacker. And although a browser hijacker is not technically classified as malware, that doesn't mean that it's something you should just ignore and accept as 'oh, well, I guess I have a new home page!' The worst thing is that most anti-virus engines won't detect this infection at all. It doesn't seem as important as other malicious programs out there. Despite the fact that this browser hijacker modifies not only web browser settings but also Windows registry.

Browser hijackers, besides installing a start page, exhibit a number of unpleasant characteristics. Some install adware on your machine which will bombard you with pointless pop up adverts, and most of them will slow your computer's CPU down, causing slow response times and crashing web pages. But back to those start pages: let's face it, you are probably quite happy with your existing home page and have no time to learn how this new one works. Overwhelmingly, too, these replacement home pages rarely outperform the one you had up until yesterday either.

Annoyingly, will also redirect your web searches to websites that the PUP programmer wants you to visit. Something that very quickly becomes stressful and a real drain on your precious time.

So, how do you stay free? Read License Agreements carefully when downloading files and software and you'll usually find that you have a choice whether to install that PUP or not!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, Popup Virus 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:
  • Funshopper
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button and select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.

2. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.

3. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Close Chrome.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.

Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.

In the search filter at the top, type: adult

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences and close your web browser.

2. If still shows up, try resetting Firefox.

Remove from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Windows Registry Editor.

Navigate to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main and delete Start Page key on the right as shown in the image below.

2. Then, go to ToolsInternet Options and select Advanced tab. Click Reset button.

Important! Select the Delete personal settings check box before confirming reset.

That's it! To learn more, please read how to reset Internet Explorer.