Adware | 01/02/2019

How to Remove pop-up ads?

About: is a malicious website that pops up on the targeted victim’s screen and seeks for the permission to show push notifications. This pop-up program is designed to build revenue for its developers by displaying malevolent ads, ...  Read More  

| Adware | How to Remove pop-up ads? pop-ups are potentially unwanted programs that generate illegitimate ads and spam capable of installing other malicious software that can put your personal information at stake. This malevolent pop-up program tricks user into subscribing to its push notifications to deliver unwanted advertisements to user’s


Although web push notifications is a common marketing feature leveraged by most online sites in order to increase traffic & popularity. However, totally abuses the given authorization to build revenue to its developers by malvertising & infecting vulnerable user’s systems. site displays a “Confirm notifications” message that attempts to get users to click the “Allow” button to subscribe to its notifications. If you click on the Allow button, then you fall in the vicious trap of unwanted pop-ads from on your desktop even when the browser is closed. The notifications displayed in the lower right corner of the screen urges you to visit dubious sites, play online games & so on.


Any attempts to close the pop-up also go in vain as you get redirected to sub domain of (,, etc)with the same page & pop-up displayed. Despite the different names, the consequences of the sub-domains remain the same.


These pop-up ads are caused by malicious advertisements on the sites you visit or adware programs. It is therefore necessary that users be careful while surfing net & refrain from subscribing to unwanted ads & pop-ups to avoid any unforeseen circumstances. – Threat Behavior

The myriad of shady features adopted by notifications makes it questionable for any responsible World Wide Web surfer. These dubious acts include:

  1. This pop-up virus floods user’s screen with annoying ads & notifications that frequently intrudes user’s browsing sessions. The developer promoted websites, sponsored software or services & affiliated promotions displayed by the pop-up cause a lot of trouble as it may lead to accidental download of malicious software in the system.
  2. The intrusion of pop-up program leads to browser settings modifications that ruin user browsing experience as user searches are directed to sponsored web pages.
  3. Existence of in the system renders system sluggish as tons of online ads & pop-up are displayed on the screen or run in the background that affects system’s performance. caused reroutes to other scamming pages or pop-ups like that tries installing additional applications, plug-ins on the already vulnerable system.
  4. The ad supported software installs a component that enables its developers to keep a track on the websites you visit & the products you look at. This information helps them generate relevant but dodgy ads to lure users to click on it that lands them to array of negatives. isn’t a real virus, but the dubious behavior and consequences it causes has earned it such a name. The most dangerous thing about the virus lies not in its page but where it leads to.


The persistent threats launched by pop-ups never cease to bother the users compelling them to undertake immediate actions to clean the computer & restore the security.

How did pop-ups invade your system?

The cybercriminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –


  1. Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
  2. Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
  3. Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
  4. Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.

Threat Summary


Browsers Affected: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, safari, Opera

Targeted Operating System: Windows & MAC

Category: Pop-up/ Adware

Symptoms:  Appearance of sponsored ads and pop-ups, unnatural network activities, occasional sluggishness of the infected device.

How to Remove the Pop-up and Secure Your PC?

STEP A: Uninstall the malicious program form the Control Panel

Windows XP

  1. Click on the “Start” button on the bottom left corner of your screen. A Start menu will be displayed as shown below. From this menu select the option that reads “Control Panel”.Windows XP start menu image
  2. In the window that will be displayed, click the option “Switch to classic view”.Control panel switch to classic view
  3. This will display all the options/icons available to you. From the displayed icons, click on the icon that reads “Add or Remove Programs”.Windows XP add or remove a program
  4. Select the “Uninstall a program” option from the “Programs” category. A list will populate on the screen displaying all the programs.Uninstall a malicious program
  5. Select the programs related to and click on the Uninstall button.Windows XP confirmation window

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Right click on the “Start” button located at the lower left corner of the screen. From the Start menu, click on “Control Panel”.Windows 7 start menu
  2. The “Control Panel” Window will be displayed on the screen. Click on “Uninstall a Program” option from the “Programs” category.Uninstall a program from windows 7
  3. The “Programs and Features” window will be displayed on the screen. A list will populate on the screen displaying all the programs.
  4. Scroll though the list of programs and select the programs related to and then click on the “Uninstall” button.uninstall a program in Windows 7

Windows 8/10

  1. Right click on the “Windows logo” on the lower left side of the computer screen. From the drop down menu, select and click on “Control Panel”.Windows 10 start menu
  2. The “Control Panel” window will be displayed. From this window select “Uninstall a program” option form the “Programs” category.Control panel
  3. A list will populate on the screen displaying all the programs and features option
  4. Select the programs related to and click on the “Uninstall” button.uninstall a program in windows 8
  5. In the confirmation box, click on the box that reads “OK” to save changes.

STEP B:  Reset your Browser to default settings

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and click on the three horizontal lines (Mozilla Menu icon ) which are at the top right corner of the computer screen.
  2. A Drop down menu will be displayed. On this menu click on the “Help” (Mozilla help icon) button as shown in the image below. The Help menu will be displayed on the screen.Mozilla firefox menu screenshot
  3. From this menu click the option that reads “Troubleshooting information“. A new tab will open up with the <strong”>Troubleshooting information.
    Choose troubleshooting information from Mozilla Firefox menu
  4. On the Troubleshooting Information page, click on the button that reads “Refresh Firefox” as shown in the image below.Mozilla reset option
  5. The “Refresh Firefox” message box will pop up on the screen. On this message box click on the “Refresh Firefox” button.Refresh Firefox
  6. After this Firefox will close itself and a new window will be displayed which will list the information that is imported. Click on the option that reads “Finish” to complete the task.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google chrome and click on the three vertical dots (Menu Icon-Chrome ) which is at the top right corner of the computer screen. A drop down menu will appear on the screen. From this menu choose the option that reads “Settings”.Google Chrome menu
  2. The Chrome’s settings window will be displayed on the screen. On this screen scroll through the bottom of the page and click on the option that reads “Advanced option” as shown below.Google Chrome advance settings
  3. The Advanced setting options will be displayed on the screen. Scroll through the list of options till you find the “ Reset browser settings” section. Click on the icon as shown below.Reset Chrome option
  4. The reset dialogue box will pop up on the screen. From this dialogue box click on the button that reads “Reset”.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and click on the gear icon (Internet explorer gear icon ) which is at the top right corner of the browser screen. A drop down menu will be displayed on the screen. From this drop down menu, click on the option that reads “Internet options”.IE - internet options
  2. The “Internet options” dialogue box will be displayed. Click on the “Advanced” tab. In the Advanced tab click on the button that reads “Reset” as shown in the image below. The “Reset Internet Explorer Settings” section will be displayed on the screen. Now click on the button that reads “Reset” .Precautions: In this dialogue box make sure to uncheck the “Delete Personal settings” option to save your passwords and other important data.Reset Internet Explorer settings
  3. When it’s done, click on the button that reads “Close” to complete the task. Now close and reopen your browser.Close Reset Internet Explorer

Tips to prevent your computer system from getting infected –

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Kaspersky Labs Inc and Sophos so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.




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