There are many types of malware and one of them is adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The ad-supported software, which causes the appearance of megapopads.com pop-up ads or the redirect to this annoying web-page, have a negative impact on the functioning of your computer. It modifies system settings, generates lots of various ads, slows down the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge and the speed of your internet connection. Moreover, it may lead to the fact that web-sites are slow to load and the browser interface can even freeze. The main function of the adware is showing ads, so it may redirect your internet browser to an unwanted web-site like megapopads.com, instead of the one that you want to visit. Even if you try to type an address into the web-browser’s address bar, then the web browser is anyway will show an unwanted ad web-site.
Most often, the ‘ad supported’ software affects the most common web-browsers like the Chrome, IE, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. But such the harmful software as well may infect another web-browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web-browser’s shortcut). So every time you start the web browser, it will redirect to the annoying megapopads.com page. Even if you setup a new homepage, an annoying web-site will be the first thing you see when you open the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge.
Technically, the ad supported software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates a lot of pop-up ads, hindering or completely blocking the work in the browser. It may install other unknown and unwanted software without your permission, force you to visit harmful pages. Moreover, the adware can download and install web-browser hijacker. Once installed, it will change your home page with an unwanted web page.
We recommend to remove the adware, which redirects your web-browser on the megapopads.com annoying web page, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other dangerous software on your personal computer.
How can you prevent the megapopads.com popup ads
How to manually remove megapopads.com pop-up ads
This instructions will assist you delete megapopads.com redirect. These megapopads.com removal steps work for the Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the web browser or reboot your computer. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Delete megapopads.com pop-ups from FF
- Remove megapopads.com advertisements from Chrome
- Remove megapopads.com ads from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of megapopads.com redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of annoying ads and browser redirect to unwanted sites, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ under Programs category as shown on the screen below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the screen below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of installed software. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the browser redirect to annoying megapopads.com ads. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it and press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown on the image below.
You will see a list of applications installed on your system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of unwanted pop-up ads and web-browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the application by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the application, you need to remove, is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown in the figure below.
Delete megapopads.com pop-ups from FF
If the Firefox settings have been modified by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to get rid of the reroute onto megapopads.com web page.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown in the figure below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser address bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software. When it is complete, click the “Finish” button
Remove megapopads.com advertisements from Chrome
Like other modern web browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby get rid of the redirect to megapopads.com unwanted ads that is caused by the ad supported software.
At first, start the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to display the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web browser will display the settings screen. 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 click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The program will launch the task of cleaning. Once it’s done, the browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your machine.
Remove megapopads.com ads from Internet Explorer
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu as on the image below. Next, click the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of megapopads.com redirect
Once the ad-supported software is started, it can also alter the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web browser, it will be redirected to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text which starts with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted megapopads.com web-site 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 ‘ad-supported’ software.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This displays a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete 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’ program, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Get rid of megapopads.com ads with Malwarebytes
Get rid of megapopads.com advertisements manually is difficult and often the ad-supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal application. It can automatically detect and remove the adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) of the your machine. Moreover, this free program will help you to remove browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your machine may be infected too. You can follow the instructions below to remove the megapopads.com annoying completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below.
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Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
When installation is complete, you will see window as on the image below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button for scanning your PC for the ad-supported software which causes the reroute to megapopads.com web-page. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the system scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing the ‘ad supported’ software related files, folders, registry keys. When the disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart the PC system.
The following video explains the step-by-step instructions above on how to remove ad supported software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
How to stop megapopads.com redirect
To increase your security and protect your personal computer against new unwanted advertisements and malicious web pages, you need to use an application that stops access to harmful advertisements and web pages. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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- Once the downloading process is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the setup is complete, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial that will help 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 computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, megapopads.com redirects, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Remove megapopads.com advertisements and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the annoying megapopads.com pop-ups from the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Once downloading is finished, open the directory in which you saved it. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is opened, you will see a screen like below.
Now, click the “Scan” button for checking your PC for the malicious extensions and ‘ad supported’ software that shows advertisements from megapopads.com page. When it has finished scanning, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK”. When the clean up is done, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your PC.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the AdwCleaner to delete adware, browser hijackers and other dangerous software.
Now your machine should be free of the megapopads.com redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted advertisements and annoying dangerous web sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new malware and adware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove megapopads.com pop-up ads from your personal computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.