Thursday, December 5, 2013

Remove Pop ups - Browser Update/Update Your Browser

What Is Pop ups

The content of popup seems healthy though, it actually downloads either a media player or explorer or download some other files. can be easily recognized as an obviously and definitely vicious add-on when taking a close look at its URL. If the content is real, the URL should contain words related to it. As a matter of fact, popup is programmed to trick websters into downloading items that would bring in virus, just like what“Outdated Browser Detected” popup does.

Damages from Pop ups

  • Browsers (including Safari, Opera, IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome) becomes tardy in response when opening new tab or searching results.
  • More pop ups appear subsequently to ruin the overall browsing experience.
  • Unknown add-ons and extensions are mounted on the target machine in large numbers.
  • Some sites are blocked especially the ones offering solutions to security issues.
  • CPU is consumed significantly to make a sluggish machine.
  • Browser becomes vulnerable and susceptible to various types of virus. needs to be removed manually since its add-on attribute doesn’t arouse the attention by installed security utilities. Tiny piece as it is, manages to 1) reproduce itself when some of its parts are removed; 2) alleviate the installation of browser hijacker to replace the default homepage and redirect desired pages; 3) track down victims’ whereabouts to collect the information so as to gain profit out of its reselling; 4) generate traffic to attract product that needs promotion to pay its affiliates popup ads, the product can be fake anti-virus program.

Thus it is not wise to leave popup virus behind. Follow the below steps to help yourself. Always be noted that popup bringing in additional vicious items, any of them would help the popup virus survive from the below steps. If still pops up after you finish the steps, you might need to put in more energy and time to figure out what and where the vicious items are that help with the survival. With rich experience, such work can be a lot easier. If you are overwhelmed by unexpected computer issues, you are welcome to consult experts from VilamTech Online Support for real-time help.


Manual Steps to Remove Popup Ad from Browsers

End the running process of popup virus.

Windows 8

  • Hold Ctrl, Alt and Delete key combination together to select “Task Manager” and hit Enter key.
  • Hit Process tab on “Task Manager”‘s window.
  • Tick the box next to items related to popup virus then hit ‘End’ to remove all the selected.


  • Use Ctrl, Alt and Delete key combination to bring up Task Manager window.
  • Navigate to Process tab and check the box next to items related to popup virus then hit ‘End Process’ to remove all the selected.


  • Hold and press Command, Option and Esc key combination to bring up Force Quit window.
  • Click once on popup virus and hit “Force Quit” button to end the intended process.

Reset browser to remove pop up virus.

Internet Explorer

  • Click on the Tools menu and then select Internet Options.
  • In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab.
  • Then click on the Restore Defaults button and then press OK.


  • Click on the Firefox button.
  • Point the mouse to Help and select Troubleshooting information in the drop down list.
  • Locate a box containing ‘Reset Firefox’ button on the left uppers corner of the web page.

Google Chrome

  • Choose ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ menu.
  • Select ‘Options’.
  • Click ‘Under the Hood’ tab on ‘Options’ window.
  • Click ‘Reset to Defaults’ button.


  • Go to Safari menu next to the Apple icon.
  • Choose ‘Reset Safari’.
  • Tick all given options.
  • Press ‘Reset’ to confirm the change.


  • Show hidden files and folders (explicit instruction on this is shown below) and tick “Show hidden files, folders and drives” under “hidden files and folders” option.
  • Close Opera and navigate to “C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\”.
  • Remove Operapref.ini file there.

Manually modify browser settings to further remove popup virus.


  • Click on the Tools menu at the left top of the Firefox window.
  • Select “Manage Add-ons” option.
  • Remove popup virus under Extensions tab and Plugins tab respectively.

Google Chrome

  • Click on ‘Customize and control’ Google Chrome icon and select ‘Settings’.
  • Remove popup virus from ‘Extension’.

Internet Explorer

  • Click open Tools menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’.
  • Find and click on something useless including popup virus in ‘Toolbars and Extensions’, ‘Search Providers’ respectively.
  • Click ‘Disable’/ ‘Remove’ to remove popup virus.


  • Open up Opera then press and hold Alt+P key at once to initiate a new tab to modify.
  • Locate “Search” section and remove popup virus from “manage search engine” option.
  • Browse to Privacy and Safety on the left pane to locate “Cookie” which is on the right pane.
  • Click on “all cookies and website data” button there to remove all cookies as recommended.

Launch build-in popup blocker to stop from popping up.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox to click on Tools option.
  • Click the Web features button on the left hand side of the Options window.
  • Select popup virus as the intended item to be blocked.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer and bring up Tools window.
  • Click Options and the Privacy tab follows.
  • Locate pop-up Blocker section at the bottom of the Privacy tab to check “Block pop-ups” option to remove popup virus.

Google Chrome

  • Use Google Toolbar that includes a free popup blocker to block popup virus.


  • Bring up “Preference” window contained in “Safari” option next to the Apple icon.
  • Hit “Security” tab and check the box next to the option “Block pop-up windows”.


  • Click on Opera icon on the left top of the browser.
  • Point the mouse to “settings” option and select “Preference”.
  • Navigate to General tab and locate “Pop-up” section there.
  • Choose “Block Unwanted Pop-ups” and hit OK button to finish.

Show hidden files and folders before find out and delete any item associated with in Drive C.

Windows 8

  • Open Windows Explorer on the Start Screen.
  • Select View tab on Windows Explorer window.
  • Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  • Open ‘Control Panel’ from Start menu and search for ‘Folder Options’.
  • Under View tab to tick ‘Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ and then click ‘OK’.


  • Open Finder to find and bring up Utilities folder.
  • Initiate a terminal window to copy and paste the line there.

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

  • Press return button to hold ‘alt’ on the keyboard and right click on the Finder icon.
  • Click on Relaunch button.
  • Once the action to remove items generated by popup virus in C: Windows is done, follow the same process to replace the above line with

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles NO 

Remove popup virus from database.


  • Navigate to Explorer Bars, Extensions respectively under

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Internet Explorer\
to find and select items related to popup virus and right click on selected item to delete it.

Google Chrome

  • Navigate to Clients, ClientState and ClientStateMedium respectively under

to find and select items related to popup virus, then right click on selected item to delete it.

  • Navigate to ClientState under

to find and select items related to, right click on selected item to delete it.

  • Navigate to Common under

to find and select items related to, right click on selected item to delete it.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Navigate to Extensions under

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Mozilla\ Firefox
to find and select items related to, right click on selected item to delete it.

  • Navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\MozillaPlugins
to find and select items related to, right click on selected item to delete it.

  • Navigate to

to find and select items related to, right click on selected item to delete it.


  • Navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Opera Software
to find and select items generated by and then right click on selected item to delete it.

Many PC users would consider as a small problem since what they can detect the damages out of the popup virus is only the flash popup message only, while system configurations are changed secretly to form backdoor to be exploited by other infections. Does Trojan ring a bell that it sometimes cannot be detected by anti-virus program and successfully hack email to sent vicious content to all collected contacts? Manual way is always available for victims to get out of its trouble and keep ones safe. The earlier the removal of is implemented, the easier the removing procedures will be. If you want some help or you have questions about your computer, you are welcome to contact experts from VilmaTech Online Support.

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