Popup - How To Remove?


Have you started receiving any popups on your browser lately? Be careful with these messages as they signal that your computer contains some browser plugin which is the main reason of these interruptions. The purpose of popups is to promote various websites and increase their traffic as well as page ranking in search results. Although this activity has no relations to malware, it can dramatically change your work on the Internet. You may be constantly receiving advertisements or offers to take surveys, questionnaires, polls, etc. that will take you to unknown websites and even install various useless toolbars, adware, plugins and so on.

The browser plugin that is responsible for popups can be added to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. It is installed to random computers together with various free programs. The best prevention against this type of applications is paying more attention to what you are downloading from the Internet. Beware that various programs can even be bundled to the main installers of download websites. Make sure you always read Terms and Agreements and follow the installation steps of all your new programs.

It is recommended to remove the plugin causing popups from your computer once you detect its activity. Otherwise, you will be risking of visiting insecure websites or downloading other unwanted programs. Scan your system with Reimage, SpyHunter, Stopzilla or other legitimate tool that you trust. They will eliminate popups easily. Don’t forget to upgrade your antispyware to its newest version to ensure detection and removal of the most recent unwanted programs.

Using Control Panel to remove the main popup components and installers

  1. Go to Control Panel. On Windows XP/Vista/7 open Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs. On Windows 8 enter Control Panel in the search box. In both cases you might have to confirm that you are the administrator on this PC.
  2. By default, I recommend removing Yontoo, WebCake, anything “savings” or “coupon” related. Scanning with Anti-Malware programs like Spyhunter or Stopzilla might give a good idea of what programs you should remove from there as well.
  3. Close Control Panel.

Removing popup from Internet Explorer

  1. Press gear icon->Manage Add-ons.
  2. Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove ones you do not know AND that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
  3. Close The options.

Removing popup from Firefox

  1. Enter about:addons in URL field.
  2. Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe it is a good bet that you do not need it.
  3. Optionally, Reset Firefox: go to Firefox ->Help (Help in menu for OSX users) -> Troubleshooting Information. Then Reset Firefox.

Removing popup from Chrome

  1. Enter chrome://extensions in url field.
  2. Go through extensions list and remove programs you do not need. If unsure, you can disable them temporally.
  3. Restart Chrome.
  4. Optionally, you can go to chrome://settings, press Advanced settings, scroll to the bottom of the list and press Reset browser settings.


If you found an extension that can’t be removed from the browser, it has either to be removed from Control Panel or with antimalware programs (like Spyhunter, malwarebytes) or program uninstallers  (like RevoUninstaller).

Automatic popup removal tools

Note: Reimage trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.  We might be affiliated with some of these programs. Full information is available in disclosure       

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March 4, 2014 09:09, March 19, 2014 02:49

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