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THREAT REMOVAL Pop-Ups Removal Manual
TypeFake Updates, suspicious domain, PUP
Short DescriptionOnce installed, the PUP behind the fake updates may flood the user will unwanted and intrusive pop-up advertisements.
SymptomsViewing of unwanted pop-ups and banners, eventual browser crashed and misbehavior, possible redirects to predefined pages.
Distribution MethodVia freeware packages (bundling), visiting suspicious websites, executing similar fake updates, mostly Java and Adobe.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Pop-Ups

What Are Pop-Ups? Pop-Ups are fake update offers. These will try to transfer unreliable or malicious software onto your computer by offering users fake updates for browsers or media players. If these pop-ups appear frequently, then they have to be the doing of a potentially unwanted program that is on your computer.

Interacting with these is not recommended. These software updates are fake after all, so they will not be beneficial for you in any way. Just the opposite, they can lead to further trouble for you. There is a possibility that your system will be infected. This is why you should take immediate measures to get rid of Pop-Ups.

Where Did Pop-Ups Come from?

These updates are most likely generated by a program that has been recently installed on your computer. Most of the time, such potentially unwanted programs are installed without users even noticing. This is usually accomplished through a method called bundling. This means that additional software will be attached to the freeware installers. This way you users can easily miss spotting the unwanted program. There a couple of recommendations we have for users if they do not want to install any unwanted programs by accident:

  • Be careful with the websites that you download your software from. Be sure that they are always official websites of the application and that they can be trusted. Avoid third-party software distributors.
  • Read carefully through all the information presented in the install wizard.
  • Select the Advanced/Custom installation option. This way, you will be able to see whether any additional software is about to be installed and prevent it from doing so.

What Do Pop-Ups Do? Pop-Ups will appear every time you launch your browser or open a new tab. There are a couple of reasons for this:

  • The address for the fake software updates is set as your browser’s homepage.
  • Said address has also been added to the target line of the browser’s shortcut.

Under no circumstances interact with these bogus browser offers. They intend nothing but tricking you into downloading more unreliable software. They may even lead to malware infections. These are serious risks that should not be ignored. After all, if your computer does get infected, you will start having troubles with running it, and all the personal and financial information that you keep on it will very likely be stolen by cyber criminals. Once this happens, they will also be able to steal your identity and money. This is why you should get rid of Pop-Ups right away.

How to Remove Pop-Ups

There are a few things that you need to do to get rid of these fake pop-ups. First of all, go to the browser’s settings and change the homepage. Second, you need to fix the target line of the browser’s shortcut:

    1. Right-click on the shortcut and go to Properties.
    2. Go to where it says “Target”.
    3. Delete the URL address after .exe.
    4. Do this for all affected browsers.

Lastly, you need to get rid of the program that has caused all of these problems. Usually, this can be done by uninstalling it. You can do this by going to Control Panel, accessing the list of programs, and removing the unwanted program. But you will have to know which program exactly is causing these problems, which may not be always that easy. Also, there is a huge possibility that there are more unreliable programs on your PC. There can also be malware already on it. This is why it is recommended that you have a reliable security program on your computer. This will remove all intruders automatically, and it will also ensure that your system is protected against attacks in the future.

Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

1. Remove/Uninstall

1. Remove/Uninstall in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select and click “Remove


    After is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the will be removed.

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    3. Remove automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

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    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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