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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Remove pop-up ads (Uninstall Guide)

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Let's cut to the chase: if you've got a pop-up on your computer, it is advisable that you take steps to get rid of it as soon as you possibly can because your computer is infected with potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). But what are PUPs and why should you remove them? Well unfortunately, the PUPs that inhabit the world of technology are not quite as adorable as our four legged friends. Whilst not being the worst of the malware crew by far, they still cause your PC problems and make your overall user experience pretty horrible.

The Potentially Unwanted Programs that we're talking about are, generally speaking, tool bars, pop-ups, home pages, and search engines that install themselves on your computer, replacing your existing default ones. For the most part they are not dangerous but they are extremely irritating – and worse, they might make your PC's security more vulnerable to attacks by other types of malware. In order to protect yourself from pop-up ads, you need to know how it found its way on to your computer in the first place.

Most Potentially Unwanted Programs come bundled with another software program or download. It really doesn't matter if this is something you've paid good money for, if it's a free upgrade from a trusted and reputable brand, or something of a slightly more dubious nature – PUPs aren't discriminatory and attach themselves to downloads of all shapes and sizes. Furthermore some companies are completely oblivious to the fact that their product is packaged with a PUP that displays popups, whilst others don't seem to mind letting a Potentially Unwanted Program associate themselves with their offering.

If all this sounds a little underhand, it's actually the silver lining of the cloud. Because the programmers who create PUPs don't consider their program to be malware (technically speaking, it's not), they will announce the presence of a Potentially Unwanted Program in the End User License Agreement – or T's & C's – that you are asked to read and agree to when you’re downloading something.

And this is where so many of us get caught out. If like the majority of people you dash through the tedious wording of a License Agreement, whilst you might be saving a couple of minutes, you could be missing out on your best chance of preventing something nasty from installing itself on your computer.

And it's not just Potentially Unwanted Programs that are mentioned in EULAs – other more serious forms of malware sometimes get referred to as well. But if you're not reading the small print, you wouldn't know that, would you? It's true that this wording can often be deliberately confusing and the programmer may have pre-checked boxes for you, but just a few minutes of your time could mean the difference between infecting your computer with a PUP – or with malware – and keeping it safe and free from annoying tool bars and the like. After all, reading a few windows of text is better than having to deal with having your web searches constantly redirected, isn't it?

To stop annoying pop-up ads and remove related adware from your computer, 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 pop-up 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-1
  • Safeweb
  • BlockAndSurf
  • 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 related extensions from Google Chrome:

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

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Safeweb, LyricsSay-1, BlockAndSurf, 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 related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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

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

Remove pop-up 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.