How to remove Popup Ads & Redirects

How to remove Popup Ads & Redirects

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How to remove Popup Ads & Redirects

How to remove Popup Ads & Redirects

What is

Threat Classification: Adware

Currently, many internet users are complaining from the interruptions in their web browsing by lots of Popup Ads & Redirects, which are very intrusive and basically started to be a culprit while users try to browse the WWW. Our malware researchers have ran multiple tests and performed a closer review and have concluded, that the Popup Ads & Redirects are caused by an active Adware infection, infiltrated various systems using a rogue software bundle, which was configured to use silent (quiet) or stealth installation procedure, in order to modify some of the settings of the operating system & the web browser, which made the infection removal and the system recovery even harder. 

Generally, users that have an active Adware infection on their computers might experience lots of Popup Ads & Redirects while browsing the Internet. The main goal of the adware causing these Popup Ads & Redirects is to earn a revenue for its developers, while generating page views (ads streaming) on almost every web page they visit. All these ads are usually provided by some legitimate and well-known marketing platforms, exploited by adware developers, in order to monetize the web traffic they’ve managed to hijack or infiltrate.

The adware, that is causing the Popup Ads & Redirects is usually bundled with other freeware products and is configured to install by default in case the user accepts the software bundle’s EULA and further the user doesn’t select the custom/expert installation process. That’s why our security consultants are always reminding us to be very careful we agree with when installing something on our machines and always opt-out for a custom/expert installation and skip or deselect the unwanted or unknown software, which is set to automatically install. The possible distribution of the rogue software bundles, that are causing Popup Ads & Redirects varies, but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc. Our security experts have issued a warning regarding this malware infection, that it shouldn’t be left unattended, and needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to the victim’s online identity, computer safety, and its cyber security.

!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.

How to remove Popup Ads & Redirects:

There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:

1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for All users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).

Remove Popup Ads & Redirects Automatically:

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to buy a subscription.

SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.

Learn more about SpyHunter and review its EULA (End User License Agreement). Furthermore, we strongly urge you to read & follow SpyHunter Installation Instructions. You’ll learn, that SpyHunter offers unlimited free diagnosis usage, but if you want to use the remove thread feature, you will have to or purchase a subscription. An active subscription will provide you with unlimited one-on-one support session, either by phone or by using screen sharing software, for any malware related issue by a highly trained support technician.

Remove Popup Ads & Redirects Manually:

!!! Please note: You can remove the Popup Ads & Redirects manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For All users, (including novice), recommends using SpyHunter4.

1. Remove Uninstall Entry:

First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to, ShowBox Ads,,,, SockShare Ads, Findizer Ads, Social2Search, AppTrailers,,,, Net Surf, Tools Plus, Navigate Pro,,,,,,,,,, Cpmofferconvert.comMPC Cleaner,, Traffic Junky,, From Doc to PDF ToolbarAds by Mgid, Find Me SavingsUSB LockSearch Manager, GetsFormsOnline Toolbar,, or any other third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. You should also look for all kinds of suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.

*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.

2. Remove from your browser:

Internet Explorer:

Check out How to reset Internet Explorer settings to default!

Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).

*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.

After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then start again the IE in order for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome:

Check out How to reset Google Chrome settings to default!

Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.

For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\

For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\

Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:

For Windows XP:

1. Click on “Start” in the lower left part of the screen.

2. Choose “Run“.

3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.

For Windows Vista/7/8/10:

1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.

2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.

Mozilla Firefox:

Check out How to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default!

1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.

2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the imported information. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.

3. Check for arguments added by in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:

The adware could also generate Redirects & Ads by hijacking your web browser start page, often caused by browser’s shortcut modification (usually done by adding the requested URL as an argument in order to be force-loaded immediately after initial start). The URL argument should look like (or is similar) to the line one below:

You can repair browser shortcuts manually by right-click it and select properties to make sure, that the target line contains only – “PATH-TO-BROWSER\browser.exe“.

4. Delete any folders or files related to by checking the following locations:





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