Remove Pop Up Ads

Does this sound familiar? You see pop up adverts from while browsing websites that mostly don't advertise in popup windows. The pop ups manage to get round the built-in popup blockers in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Maybe the pop ups appear when clicking search results from the Google search engine? Or does the pop ups turn up even when you're not browsing?

Here's how the pop-up looked like when I got it on my system: pop-up

(I know, lots of watermarks. Have to do it to stop the copy-cats.)

If this sounds like what you are seeing on your computer, you probably have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the ads. So don't send angry emails to the site you were browsing, the ads are almost certainly not coming from them, but from the adware on your computer.

I'll do my best to help you remove the pop up in this blog post.

If you have been visiting this blog already know this, but if you are new: Not long ago I dedicated some of my lab systems and deliberately installed some adware programs on them. Since then I have been observing the actions on these machines to see what kinds of ads that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware auto-updates, or if it downloads and installs additional unwanted software on the systems. I first found the pop-up on one of these lab computers.

So, how do you remove the pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Firefox.

The problem with pop-ups like the one described in this blog post is that it can be launched by many variants of adware, not just the adware running on my computer. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.

So, what can be done to solve the problem? To remove the popup ads you need to check your system for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here's my suggested removal procedure:

  1. Examine what programs you have installed in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. Do you see something that you don't remember installing or that was recently installed?

  2. How about your add-ons that you have in your browser. Anything in the list that you don't remember installing?

  3. Please also try to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your system. Did that stop the pop ups?

  4. If that did not help, I'd recommend a scan with FreeFixer to manually track down the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I'm working on that scans your computer at lots of locations, such as browser add-ons, processes, Windows services, recently modified files, etc. If you want to get additional details about a file in the scan result, you can click the More Info link for that file and a web page will open up with a VirusTotal report which will be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:

    FreeFixer More Info link example

  5. If no matter what you do seems to stop the pop-ups, you could try to block in the Windows HOSTS file.

Here you can see FreeFixer in action removing an adware that caused pop-up ads:

Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the 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 ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!


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