The is one of the most aggressive browser hijackers of recent times that immediately took control of your online activity once it invades the system. This malicious application is capable of dropping the malware, spyware, and other parasites to the infected systems. The distributed through freeware downloads, spam emails, unsafe browsing, and sharing of resources on the same network. This nasty browser hijacker makes your system super slow, and display annoying pop-up ads on the screen of your system. It corrupts the important data files, blocks the executable files, and start eating the huge portion of system resources. Apart from that, it also removes important system files, and add corrupt entries in the windows registry without your consent. You cannot open many of the websites as it blocks your access. This browser hijacker can infect all the versions of the windows operating system, and can hijack most of the browsers.

Removal of

As soon as you are able to see the above mentioned symptoms, you have to confirm the presence of this nasty browser hijacker before taking steps to remove it. You can get rid of this virus manually by following the instructions. Besides that, the automatic tools are also available in this regard. The instructions for the manual removal are as under:-


Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode

Before going through the complicated steps of the manual removal process, you have to access the safe mode on your system. Restart the system, and strike the F8 key repeatedly to access the boot options menu while the system is restarted. After accessing the boot options, you have to select the safe mode option, and hit the Enter key to boot the system in the safe mode.
End the Malicious Processes

In order to delete the associated processes of the, you have to access the task manager by holding the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together. Click on the Processes tab under the task manager window to see the list of processes running in the background. Remove the following associated processes of the


Remove the Associated Data

Open the system files folder, and remove the following associated files of the infection with the help of the Delete key:-

  • %Desktopdir%\ popups.lnk
  • %Programs%\ popups\ popups.lnk

Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry

The manual removal process will be completed once you clean the windows registry. Click on the Start Menu, select the Run option, and write Regedit in the box before pressing the OK button to access the registry editor. Remove the following corrupt entries and close the registry editor:-

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

Restart the machine in the normal mode to see the effectiveness of the manual removal process. If the virus is removed successfully, you are required to run a complete system scan after updating your existing antivirus program.

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