How to remove PopAds.net Pop-up Ads & Redirects
What is PopAds.net:
Threat Classification: Adware/PUP
PopAds.net is an advertising network, which specializes in the popunders, but provides all kinds of web ad formats to its clients. According to our malware researchers the PopAds.net is classified as a browser hijacker / search redirect, that is capable of taking over your browser settings and injecting malicious code into almost every web page you visit, which renders all attempts to remove the PopAds.net random browser redirects & pop-under ads, almost useless. The code allows the PopAds.net to generate lots of money by showing many web adverts, which actually contain some very dangerous ads. Our security experts and worried because the Ads and the code inside is not checked for malicious crack or hack attempts, like bigger companies do … If you have already experienced some of the PopAds.net Pop-up Ads & Redirects, you should consider your PC compromised and infected. That’s why our malware researchers advise you to clean it ASAP, just before further damage occurs or even data is loss. The best way of cleaning your personal computer is by running a full system malware scan using the latest award-winning anti-malware software – SpyHunter. Those annoying Redirects & Fake Pop-ups by PopAds.net are generated by a malicious browser extension, that is capable of infiltrating computer systems without users’ permission or any other consent. This is done by hiding into the Custom or into the Advanced part of the software bundle installers. When activated, the PopAds.net malware starts collecting various private browsing information, including usernames, email addresses, SSNs, Real Names, Postal Addresses, Birthdays, passwords, Credit Card Information and/or other financial data or online bank account information, which later will be sold to some 3rd party company, which later will use it for their own marketing purposes. Our security researchers warned us that the PopAds.net is a malicious website, mostly used by hackers and cyber criminals from all over the world, just to redirect traffic to their sponsor links and/or web ads, which are generating income for them or to spread other even more sinister malware infections. The PopAds.net virus appears to be compatible with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have this particular Adware/PUP already installed on their systems may see various pop-up & pop-under browser windows, informing the victim that a Video Player is Ready for Download, Install Media Downloader, Infection was Detected, Please Install The New Java Update or Important Software Update, New Driver Updates are Released etc.. The PopAds.net is set to display FAKE POP-UP ALERTS on the victim’s computer. Please note, that all these web alerts are FAKE! Actually, the main purpose of the PopAds.net is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains and/or web pages, which could easily be converted to cash, using one of the many online marketing platforms.
PopAds.net is usually bundled with other freeware & shareware software and is being configured to install by default when the user accepts the EULA and an express/recommended installation is performed. That’s why, you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt-out for a custom installation and skip or deselect the software you don’t want to install or you are not familiar with. The possible distribution of PopAds.net bundle 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..
The purpose of PopAds.net is to attract more users to certain domains, so that the creators of such or similar adware could generate income from the online traffic, using one of the many online marketing platforms. PopAds.net may use tracking cookies and other relevant techniques to steal your personal data such as account information, usernames & passwords, bank account data etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online 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 PopAds.net Pop-up 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 PopAds.net Pop-up Ads & Redirects Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect PopAds.net 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.
We recommend all users to find out more about SpyHunter and to review the EULA. Furthermore, we strongly recommend users to read & follow the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove PopAds.net Pop-up Ads & Redirects Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove PopAds.net manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For ALL users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove PopAds.net 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 PopAds.net, 2345.com, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Traffic Exchange, GotoSearch.ru, BestSearchs.com, KMSPico, Optmz.online, Ads by Advertise, Ads by Albireo, BazzSearch.com, BuyNSave, Chum Search, Counter Flix, PC Optimizer Pro, FixIt, Freemake Video Converter, Feed.BazzSearch.com, Flirchi.com, FunDay24.ru, Ghostify, Easy Video Converter Access, Easy Weather Alert Toolbar, Gamesflight, Gangnamgame.net, Hohosearch.com, Jyhjyy.top, Liveadexchanger.com, MySites123.com, MPC Cleaner, N121adserv.com, Ps4ux.com, PC Backup 360, SafeSurfs.com, SafeBrowsing.biz, Searchguide.level3.com, Smartsputnik.ru, S.admathhd.com, Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net, TTwifi, Trafliesb-ph.ru, Vaudix, YeaBests.cc, WinFix 10, YoutubeAdBlocker 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 the Enter.
2. Remove PopAds.net from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then start again the IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” including all files & subfolders inside (Select All – “CTRL+A“).
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 bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit the Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit the Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-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 top-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 information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will soon restart.
3. Check for arguments added by PopAds.net in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
PopAds.net might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the PopAds.net`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that PopAds.net uses to hijack shortcuts should look like (or is similar) to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut’s target line.
4. Delete any folders or files related to PopAds.net by checking the following locations: