The Popup Ads is a lethal computer worm that is classified as a browser hijacker that is specifically designed to attack the windows based computers. The Popup Ads modifies most of the default browser settings, including the default search provider, desktop, home page, and DNS settings. Besides that, this malicious application makes your system extremely slow, redirect all your searches towards unknown websites, display annoying pop-up messages, download strange toolbars in the browser, and causes frequent system crashes. This nasty browser hijacker invades your system while downloading freeware from the unknown sources, suspicious emails, infected removable devices, suspicious links, and unsafe browsing. You will notice that the speed of your internet becomes extremely slow because of this virus. Moreover, you are unable to open any authentic website, and cannot download any new software. It hides itself wisely deep in the roots of the system files, and can replicate itself very quickly.


Removal of Popup Ads

As soon as you realized the presence of the Popup Ads browser hijacker inside your system, you have to drop everything, and think about how to get rid of this computer worm. For the novice computer users there are various automatic removal tools available. Besides that, the manual removal process is also available in this regard that consists of the following set of instructions:-


Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode

Before start executing the complicated instructions of the manual removal process, you have to open the system in the safe mode. To do this, you have to restart the machine, and access the boot options by hitting the F8 key repeatedly. Once the boot options are accessed, select the safe mode before pressing the Enter key.
End the Malicious Processes

Access the windows task manager by holding the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together, and click on the processes tab to see the list of processes running in the background of your system. You have to get rid of the following associated processes of the Popup Ads infection before closing the task manager:-


Remove the Associated Data

Once you have completed the removal of the associated processes, you have to get rid of the following suspicious files associated with the Popup Ads by using the Delete key:-

  • %Desktopdir%\ Popup Ads.lnk
  • %Programs%\ Popup Ads\ Popup Ads.lnk

Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry

The manual removal will be completed once you clean the windows registry. In this regard, you have to execute the Regedit command through Run option from the Start menu. Delete the following malicious entries associated with the Popup Ads after accessing the registry editor:-

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ Popup Ads\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ Popup Ads
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ Popup Ads\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ Popup Ads\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ Popup Ads\DisplayName Popup Ads

Restart the system in the normal mode before updating the existing antivirus program, and run a complete system scan from the main interface of your antivirus.

How to Remove Popup Ads?
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