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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Remove Popup Virus (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends: is arguably not the worst online offender – Trojan Horses, spyware, ransomware and viruses can slug it out for that title – but it is still something that you should take care to protect yourself against.

The programmers or companies who design and use, see it as a method of making money. And many pop-ups bring in a very reasonable income, which is why programmers go to a good deal of time and effort to make sure that once you have installed it on your PC (more about how YOU came to install it shortly) that it stays there. They do this by often making it hard to locate on your machine, and by making it tricky to uninstall. And because it can exhibit some annoying, and downright negative, behavior you should not dismiss it as nothing to worry about.

The good news is that defending yourself is generally easy to do – and it doesn't cost any money either. Therefore, why WOULDN'T you protect yourself – and your computer – from it?

Back in the good old browser hijackers days, many of us were far less vulnerable to attack because browser hijacker programmers used to focus their efforts on websites that contained X rated content, illegal subjects, and gambling. But these days, thanks to adware being such big business, it is frequently targeting websites owned by reputable companies. That means that far more of us are now at risk of being hit by a drive-by download – the term used when software is installed on your computer without your knowledge simply because you have been unfortunate enough to have visited an infected website.

When you have browser hijacker on your computer it can cause it to run slowly, crash frequently, drive you nuts thanks to numerous pop-up and pop-under adverts, install a new tool bar, and weaken your PC's security – which means you are now at greater risk of further infection.

I mentioned earlier that you may play a part in being responsible for downloading a browser hijacker, and that is due to the way it is often installed – as a package or bundle with another file or program. Therefore you need to exercise caution whenever you're online, especially when you're downloading something. Here are some things to bear in mind:
  • Be careful and use your better judgment when downloading files and software - read the End User License Agreement carefully and check or uncheck boxes that state an added extra is included in the download
  • Check your computer's configuration settings and ensure programs are not able to automatically install themselves when you're connected to the Internet
  • Similarly, you don't want your inbox settings to be configured so that attachments in emails can auto open and install
  • Don't click on links in instant messenger apps if you don't know the sender
  • Ensure your PC has all the latest security patches installed...
  • And that the programs installed on your PC are the latest versions
So, how do you stay free? The most important thing is to read License Agreements carefully when downloading files and software and you'll usually find that you have a choice whether to install it or not! If your web browser is already hijacked then please follow the steps in the removal guide below. To make those annoying pop-ups stop you need to remove malicious files that display them. Simple resetting or re-installing your web browser won't help you this time.

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. Navigate to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and delete randomly named key (example: xihgtf) on the right.

3 . 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.