How to remove Pop-up Ads

How to remove Pop-up Ads

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How to remove Pop-up Ads

What is

Threat Classification: Adware is a new malicious domain, used only by hackers and cyber criminals, to monetize their adware and browser hijacker generated traffic, using one of the many online marketing platforms. If you notice in your browser, this basically means, that your computer is compromised and infected by some malware and to clean it, you should execute an immediate full system, malware scan, using an up-to-date, reputable and reliable anti-malware software, just like the SpyHunter 4. Please note, that is fully capable of infiltrating systems stealthy & silently and without owner’s consent or other permission. Furthermore, the infection is designed in such a way, that it could regenerate itself just by hijacking your browser over and over again, making the uninstall and removal procedures useless.

Usually these types of infections are distributed using the software “bundle” method and their primary goal is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains. Another tactic is to scare people and deceive them that their computers are at risk and they need immediate online assistance – just to get specialized online help (Tech Support Scam). The cyber criminals could easily convert the generated web traffic to cash, by one of the many online marketing platforms, but with the Tech Support Scam the things are even worst, because it seems that you are allowing access to your financial data on cyber criminals, which (are actually dreaming about it) could make your life living HELL. That’s why we recommend removing the infection asap, because it poses a serious threat to your online identity and computer security. The Pop-up Ads are caused by an ad-supported browser extension, that loads unwanted advertisements randomly. The will show pop-up ads into all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see various pop-ups, stating that there is an important software update missing on your system. The pop-up adware is set to display FAKE UPDATE ALERTS on the victim’s computer. The most common scenarios are “Your Web Browser needs to be Updated”, “There is a critical Flash Player Update” or “Media Player Update”, however, all these alerts are FAKE! Actually, is trying to cheat you and offers you and offers you nothing more, but malware infections. is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. That is why you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt 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 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 is to attract more users to their domains so that the creators of such or similar adware or malware could generate income from online traffic, and would collect information that might be used to compromise the user. may use cookies and other relevant information to steal your personal details. That is the reason this malware infection should not be left unattended, and it needs to be terminated immediately, as it is 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.

Removal Process:

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 a Professional Malware Removal Software.

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

Remove Pop-up Ads 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 (EULA). YWe strongly recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Install InstructionsSpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or you can purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive free professional help with any malware related issues by an expert technical.
Remove Pop-up Ads Manually:

!!! Please note: You can remove Browser Hijacker 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 recommended only for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, recommends using SpyHunter.

1. Remove Uninstall Entry:

First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs’ List for any entry related to, ShowBox Ads,,, Traffic Exchange,, Counterflix,,, Dashlane, LudashiYoutubeAdBlocker, Freemake Video Converter, Youtube Downloader HD, Video Media Player 1.1, Fast Free Converter, DIVX Player 3.2 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. Search for any entries in the Uninstall Programs’ List, 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:

How to reset Internet Explorer settings to defaults!

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 Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart it in order for the new changes to take effect.

Google Chrome:

How to reset Google Chrome settings to defaults!

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/Windows 7/8: %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 lower-left part of the screen.

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

Mozilla Firefox:

How to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to defaults!

1. At the top of the Firefox Main window (upper-right), click the Firefox Main Menu icon, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.

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

3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset 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: might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.

The argument that uses to hijack shortcuts looks 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 by checking the following locations:





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  1. Dee /

    I have been having multiple browser windows pop up while viewing my AOL email, all directed towards “admathhd”. I ran regedit to search for “admathhd” and nothing showed up. (I had run “disk cleanup” beforehand and deleted “temporary internet files”). This leads me to believe that either a cookie is causing this (or) it’s coming from the AOL server.

    I had “adnxs” doing this once before and found a reference to it in the registry. I deleted the key and all was good. If clearing the TIF hasn’t taken care of it, I’ll be contacting AOL.

    1. Jason Smith / Post Author

      Hey Dee,
      Thank you for sharing this piece of information with us. We’re sure that a lot of people will be very grateful to you. Furthermore, we hope that AOL or Windows Technical Support will take the necessary steps to clear this issue (patch or include it in the defender or essentials definitions) and solve it.


    2. 2infinity2 /

      I see you had the problem almost exactly same time it hit mine. Yes, I also have AOL and when viewing my email same thing happens. Not sure what reference key you are referring to but I will be contacting AOL in the morning. I used everything to fight this thing but it just wont go away. I really really appreciate your post as I know I am not alone.

  2. Dee /

    Hey Jason,

    Well I tried your Step 2 and it appears to have worked (I’m knocking on wood). Time will tell. Luckily I’m working with a fresh install of Win 7 and I didn’t have any favorites saved or tool bars added in IE. There was a McAfee insignia originally, but I’m uninstalling McAfee shortly anyway. It’s strange that regedit didn’t find any reference to admathhd doing a registry search. I had all, “keys” “values” and “data” ticked during the search also. Anyway, thanks for the info!


    1. Jason Smith / Post Author

      Hey Dee,
      I’m glad that I was able even partially to help you. Keep up with the good results and eradicate as much adware as possible!!!

      best regards

  3. Tim /

    Thanks Dee. I ran regedit and searched for admathhd and found it in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY-USERS, 5-1-5-21…., SOFTWARE, MICROSOFT, WINDOWS, CURRENT_VERSION, INTERNET_SETTINGS, P3P, HISTORY, ADMATHHD.COM. I deleted the registry entry and all seems well— for now.

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