Annoying pop-up ads in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge is a sign that your computer is infected with adware (also known as ad-supported software), because most probably that the ads are not coming from web sites you visit. You need to distinguish the difference between a legal advertisements that was added by owners of web-sites and unwanted ads that fills the browser screen after you installed some adware. In the second case, the volume of ads at times more, it prevents normal view of the webpages, it is difficult to close, much of the pop-up ads is advertising of dating sites, surveys, browser extensions, online casino, chance to get an amazing reward, fake tech support and so on. All of the ads united by one common thing – looks very suspicious. And more importantly, this annoying advertising appears on the pages of all sites, even those where you have previously advertisements never seen.
Most often, the reason for the appearance of pop-up ads is a browser extension (so-called add-on), adware or potentially unwanted program (PUP). When it gets on your computer, it does not infect and delete your files, it configures itself to start automatically when the computer or internet browser starts. Once started, it can display annoying ads and even change yours personal settings, such as home page, new tab page and browser search engine. So, the creators of adware force you to watch a lot of ads or redirect your browser onto ad web-sites.
Thankfully, we have a few simple tricks to deal with the annoying advertisements, and they do not take much of your time. Below we list a number of detailed ways to delete adware and remove annoying pop-up ads.
How to remove pop-up ads from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera and Edge (Step-by-step easy guide)
Use the simple way to get rid of annoying pop-up ads while you browse the World Wide Web with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera or Microsoft Edge. Read the steps below carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your Internet browser or reboot your PC.
- Uninstall programs you do not need
- Remove malicious browser extensions
- Reset browser settings
- Fix hijacked web browser shortcuts
- Scan for adware
- Stop pop-up ads
Uninstall programs you do not need
First way to delete adware (and thereby remove annoying pop-up ads) is to uninstall software you don’t need. I will help you do just that. The most probably that you think of when we say “uninstall” is to reverse the effects of a set-up adware that was run on your system at some point in time. Unfortunately, it often happens that the simple removal of adware does not work and you will need to fulfill all the remaining steps suggested below to clear your browser from annoying pop-up ads.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
If you have lots of software installed, you can help simplify the search of adware and unwanted software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found an one, right click to it and press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
The ‘Uninstall a Program’ will show a list of applications installed on your computer that can be uninstalled. Right-click the one you want to delete and select ‘Uninstall’. In most cases, an uninstaller will start and help you to delete the program after confirming that with you.
Reset browser settings
The adware and other malicious software frequently makes changes to browser settings such as your home page, new tab page and search engine. More over, an unwanted software can install browser extensions that may display unwanted and annoying pop-up ads. So, if lots of ads are occurring in your Chrome, Firefox or IE, then the best fix may be to just reset all browser settings.
Open the Chrome main menu and choose ‘Settings’.
Scroll down and click the link called ‘Show advanced settings’. Scroll down again and click the button named ‘Reset settings’.
It will open a dialog box. Press the ‘Reset’ button to restore Google Chrome settings to their original defaults.
Click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes and select the Help menu, then click ‘Troubleshooting Information’.
Press the button labeled ‘Reset Firefox’ to the right of the ‘Troubleshooting Information’ page.
It will open a prompt, confirm your action by choosing ‘Reset Firefox’ once more.
Run Internet Explorer and open the Main menu, then click ‘Internet Options’.
Select the ‘Advanced tab’ and press the button named ‘Reset’. It will display a dialog box.
Set the “Delete personal settings” check box and confirm your action by choosing ‘Reset’ again.
Press Windows and R keys together. It will present a Run prompt. Type cmd and press Enter.
In the command prompt, type
del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini and press Enter. The operaprefs.ini file will be deleted. It will remove every custom change made in the ‘about:config’ preferences editor. The next time Opera is started, the file will be re-created with default settings.
Remove malicious browser extensions
If a malicious, nasty or adware browser extension is left behind after ‘reset browser’, then you need to remove it manually under Settings -> Extensions.
Finally, if you can not decide what to remove, then disable all extensions, after that enabling one extension after another, determine the one that causes the appearance of annoying pop-up ads.
Fix hijacked web browser shortcuts
Some adware and malware can change the web-browser shortcuts for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and other Internet browsers on your Windows desktop in order to make sure you visit their websites and view their annoying advertisements. They do this by adding an argument into Target field of the existing browser shortcuts.
Web browser shortcuts on the Windows desktop can be cleaned by right-clicking them and choosing ‘Properties’ option. In the ‘Target’ field, remove everything after the full path to the executable file of Internet browser as shown on the example below.
Scan for adware
If you are still having issues with pop up ads, consider downloading the AdwCleaner. The free downloadable security tool scans your system for adware, potentially unwanted program, browser hijacker and other malicious software. You can review the list of entries to be removed, and select those unwanted software you want to delete. The AdwCleaner removes adware and other unwanted software.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 4, 2017
Download AdwCleaner tool from the link above to your desktop. Run it and click on the ‘Scan’ button to start a full scan of your system. If you do not find anything, try another app. The Malwarebytes Free is another good option.
Look at the following video, which completely explains how to use the AdwCleaner to remove adware which presents unwanted pop-up ads within the.
Stop pop-up ads
If your browser does not stop the annoying pop-up ads, and you are sure that they are not created by adware (or repeat the previous step), then you need to use ads blocker software. We suggest to use the AdGuard (or AdGuard browser extension) that stop unwanted pop-ups, block annoying ads, remove video ads on YouTube, block Facebook ads, protect you from malicious and misleading web-sites and much more. With AdGuard software, you will get easy setup, ready usability and added security features.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: August 16, 2016
Download AdGuard from the link above. Run downloaded file and install the ads blocker software onto your computer.
Once installation is done, you can change the software settings for your individual needs or start your favorite internet browser and try to surf the Web, and see the magic in action.