The appearance of unwanted poundsurvey.com pop-ups in your web-browser could mean that your personal computer is infected with an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). It makes changes to the PC system settings and configures itself so as to launch automatically each time the computer is turned on. Immediately after startup, the ‘ad-supported’ software begins to monitor the user’s actions and insert ads directly into the open windows of the Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge. So, if you notice that your web-browser has become show this web-site, then you do not need to wait , you need to follow the steps below and remove poundsurvey.com ads as quickly as possible.
The ‘ad-supported’ software can change the settings of the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge, but often that a dangerous software like this can also infect all types of web-browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time open the browser to see poundsurvey.com annoying ads.
The adware is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It is created with the sole purpose to show dozens of advertisements, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. So, the poundsurvey.com is just one of the many web sites of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It is designed to fill the web-browser’s constant stream of ads, or redirect the internet browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web-pages. Moreover, the adware can substitute the legitimate advertising banners on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit dangerous web pages. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their web-pages, so the creators of adware, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the ad-supported software receive income. It’s the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
We recommend to get rid of the ad supported software, which redirects your internet browser on the poundsurvey.com annoying site, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other malicious software on your PC system.
How does poundsurvey.com ads get installed onto PC system
How to manually remove poundsurvey.com pop-up ads
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely remove this dangerous software. To remove this adware, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware tool for removing malicious software, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, which will allow you to remove poundsurvey.com pop-up ads easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where ad-supported software is not removed automatically.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete poundsurvey.com redirect
- Remove poundsurvey.com advertisements from Google Chrome
- Remove poundsurvey.com advertisements from Firefox
- Remove poundsurvey.com advertisements from Internet Explorer
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will show the Windows Control Panel like below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program” It will show a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete poundsurvey.com redirect
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to run your browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the internet browser which is redirected to the poundsurvey.com or other annoying web site.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The adware can replace the contents of this field, which describes the file to be launch when you run your internet browser. Depending on the browser you are using, there should be: Google Chrome: chrome.exe, Opera: opera.exe, Firefox: firefox.exe, Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe. If you are seeing an unknown text like “http://site.address” which has been added here, then you should delete it, as shown in the following image.
Next, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you open the web-browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically reroute on the poundsurvey.com web-site or any other annoying web sites that is advertised by the adware. Once the step is done, we recommend to go to the next step.
Remove poundsurvey.com advertisements from Google Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Remove poundsurvey.com advertisements from Firefox
First, start the FF. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove poundsurvey.com advertisements from Internet Explorer
To get rid of the poundsurvey.com advertisements you need to reset the IE to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your system.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown in the following image.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as shown on the image below. Next, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
When the process is complete, click “Close” button. Close the IE and reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying poundsurvey.com page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks that have been created by malicios program.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This shows a prompt that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ software, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the following image.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicios program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove poundsurvey.com advertisements automatically
You can remove poundsurvey.com advertisements automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal utility because it can easily get rid of adware, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted software and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your personal computer from the link below. Save it on your Desktop.
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Once the downloading process is finished, close all windows on your PC. Further, launch the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown below, click the Yes button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install Malwarebytes on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
When the setup is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown on the image below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button for checking your system for the malware and ad supported software that cause the poundsurvey.com ads. When a threat is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished. Please be patient.
When it has finished scanning your personal computer, you can check all threats detected on your PC. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and adware which cause poundsurvey.com advertisements. Once the disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart your PC system. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to remove ‘ad-supported’ software and other malicious software.
How to block poundsurvey.com popup ads
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new unwanted advertisements and malicious web-sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to malicious ads and sites. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application using the following link.
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- After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is finished, press “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-ups, poundsurvey.com redirects, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
If the problem with poundsurvey.com is still remained
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot uninstall poundsurvey.com advertisements, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below. AdwCleaner download
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- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the utility is started the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, click the “Scan” button . This will start scanning the whole PC system to find out ‘ad-supported’ software that generates poundsurvey.com ads.
- When the system scan is done, AdwCleaner will open a scan report. Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will display a dialog box, click “OK” button.
The following video explains the steps above on how to remove ad-supported software with AdwCleaner.
Now your PC system should be clean of the poundsurvey.com popup ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted ads and unwanted dangerous pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new malware and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new dangerous applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove poundsurvey.com from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.