Common Adware Removal Steps:
- Go to Start > Control Panel > Programs & Features (or Add/Remove in XP) > Looks for unfamiliar (or unknown) programs, right click & uninstall (follow a prompts).
- Open a browser you installed (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari) > go to Add-ons or Extensions (in Firefox) > locate unfamiliar (or unknown) > remove it.
- Open a browser you installed (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari) > go to Tools or Settings (or similar) and reset browser settings to default.
- To remove remnants of adware in PC, install Malwarebytes Anti-malware (free version) http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ and install, update and run the free version – just go with default options in the prompts. If malware blocks/ prevent you to install malwarebytes, rename the malwarebytes installation file to somethingelse.exe or something similar. Once installed, do a quick scan, it’ll detect all known viruses & remnants of adware (reboot, if prompts).
How to get rid of unwanted popups?
Common Virus or Malware infection Prevention Steps
- Common sources of virus infections are peer to peer software being used incorrectly, and downloading things from un-trusted sources like unfamiliar website. Avoiding these two things will greatly reduce your risk of infection.
- Avoid installation of unnecessary programs or add-on’s (for example, Internet toolbars or file-sharing programs). Unnecessary software may impact system performance, contain malware, and/or cause conflicts with applications that perform similar functions.
- Do a little researching any unknown programs in your favorite search engine prior to installing them.
- Be cautious of all web browsing and Internet downloads, many unfamiliar websites may infect your computer/ drop adware type malware through drive-by download technique without your knowledge.