Does this sound familiar? You see pop up ads from swedish-method.com while browsing at websites that usually don't advertise in popup windows. The popups manage to bypass the built-in pop up blockers in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera. Perhaps the swedish-method.com pop-ups turn up when clicking search results from a Google search? Or does the pop ups show up even when you're not browsing?
A pop-up ad showing up in a new tab in Firefox:
The screenshot serves as an example of how a pop-up can look like when it appears in a new tab in Firefox. The pop-up in the screenshot is not from swedish-method.com.
If this description sounds like your machine, you presumably have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the swedish-method.com ads. Don't send angry emails to the site you were browsing, the adverts are presumably not coming from them, but from the adware on your system.
I'll do my best to help you remove the swedish-method.com pop up in this blog post.
I found the swedish-method.com pop-up on one of the lab computers where I have some adware running. I've talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The adware was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if something new has appeared, such as pop up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on site that usually don't show adverts, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.
So, how do you remove the swedish-method.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the swedish-method.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the swedish-method.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Firefox.
The issue with pop ups like the one described in this blog post is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware that's installed on my machine. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.
Anyway, here's my suggestion for the swedish-method.com ads removal:
The first thing I would do to remove the swedish-method.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 dubious in 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 getting the swedish-method.com pop-ups.
The next thing to check would be your browser's add-ons. Adware often turn up under the add-ons dialog in Mozilla Firefox, Google 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 track down and remove 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've developed since 2006. Freefixer is a tool built to manually identify and remove 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 won't require you to pay a fee just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.
And if you're having troubles figuring out if a file is clean or unwanted in the FreeFixer scan result, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your browser with a page which contains more information about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be quite useful:
If nothing seems to solve the popups problem, you can try to block swedish-method.com in the Windows HOSTS file.
Here's a video tutorial which shows FreeFixer in action removing an adware that caused pop-up ads:
Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the swedish-method.com popups? 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 swedish-method.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.
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