Did you just get interrupted by a pop-up ad from charmdate.com? You are not alone. I also get the charmdate.com pop ups while browsing. Do the popups also escape the pop-up blocker in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Do the pop-ups appear on sites that does not advertise with popups. Then read on...
Here is a screengrab on the charmdate.com pop-up from my system:
(I know, lots of watermarks. Have to do it to stop the copy-cats.)
If you also see this on your system, you apparently have some adware installed on your computer that pops up the charmdate.com ads. Contacting the owner of the site you were at would be a waste of time. They are not responsible for the adverts.
I'll do my best to help you with the charmdate.com removal in this blog post.
Those that have been visiting this blog already know this, but here we go: A little while back I dedicated some of my lab systems and knowingly installed a few adware programs on them. I have been following the behaviour on these machines to see what kinds of advertisements that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware updates itself, or if it downloads additional unwanted software on the machines. I first noticed the charmdate.com pop-up on one of these lab computers.
charmdate.com was registered on 2011-05-14. charmdate.com resolves to 126.96.36.199.
So, how do you remove the charmdate.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the charmdate.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the charmdate.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Firefox.
The bad news with pop-ups like this one is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware on my machine. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.
So, what should be done to solve the problem? To remove the charmdate.com pop-up ads you need to examine your computer for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here's my suggested removal procedure:
The first thing I would do to remove the charmdate.com pop-ups is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can open this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows Operating System you can just type in "uninstall" in the Control Panel's search field to find that dialog:
Click on the "Uninstall a program" link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:
Do you see something suspect listed there or something that you don't remember installing? Tip: Sort on the "Installed On" column to see if something was installed about the same time as you started seeing the charmdate.com pop-ups.
The next thing to check would be your browser's add-ons. Adware often show up under the add-ons menu in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Anything that you don't remember installing?
I think most users will be able to find and uninstall the adware with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I started develop many years ago. Freefixer is a tool designed to manually identify and uninstall unwanted software. When you've identified the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.
FreeFixer's removal feature is not crippled like many other removal tools out there. It will not require you to pay a fee just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.
And if you're having difficulties deciding if a file is legit or malware in FreeFixer's scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your browser with a page which contains more details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:
If nothing seems to solve the pop-ups problem, you can try to block charmdate.com in the Windows HOSTS file.
Here's a video guide showing how to remove pop-up ads with FreeFixer:
Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the charmdate.com pop-ups? What did you do to stop the popup in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you!
Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the charmdate.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.
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