Did you just get a pop up from d3.zedo.com and ponder where it came from? Did the d3.zedo.com ad appear to have been popped up from a web site that under normal circumstances don't use advertising such as pop-up windows? Or did the d3.zedo.com popup show up while you clicked a link on one of the big search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo?
Here's how the d3.zedo.com pop-up looked like when I got it on my system:
(Sorry for the ridiculous use of watermarks. I have to do it to stop the copy-cats.)
If this sounds like what you are seeing on your system, you probably have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the d3.zedo.com ads. So don't flame the people that runs the web site you were at, the adverts are apparently not coming from that web site, but from the adware that's running on your computer.
I'll try help you with the d3.zedo.com removal in this blog post.
Those that have been following this blog already know this, but for new visitors: Some time ago I dedicated some of my lab computers and purposely installed a few adware programs on them. Since then I've been monitoring the actions on these computers to see what kinds of adverts that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware updates itself automatically, or if it installs additional unwanted software on the computers. I first noticed the d3.zedo.com pop-up on one of these lab machines.
So, how do you remove the d3.zedo.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the d3.zedo.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the d3.zedo.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Firefox.
The bad news with popups such as this one is that it can be launched by many variants of adware, not just the adware that's installed on my computer. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.
Anyway, here's my suggestion for the d3.zedo.com ads removal:
The first thing I would do to remove the d3.zedo.com pop-ups is to examine the programs installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can find this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows OS 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 shady 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 d3.zedo.com pop-ups.
Then you can examine you browser add-ons. Adware often appear under the add-ons dialog in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Something that you don't remember installing?
I think most users will be able to track down 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 about 8 years ago. It's a tool built to manually track down and uninstall unwanted software. When you've found 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 won't require you to pay a fee just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.
And if you're having a mess deciding if a file is legitimate or adware in the FreeFixer scan result, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your web browser with a page which contains additional information about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:
If that did not solve the problem, you can add a blocking for d3.zedo.com in the Windows HOSTS file.
Here's a video tutorial showing FreeFixer in action removing pop-up ads:
Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the d3.zedo.com pop-ups? What did you do to stop the pop-up in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you very much!
Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the d3.zedo.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.
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