Q. I am getting advertising popups from Specif1c.com. Does anyone know how to remove this? I checked my applications and I do not see it. I checked my browser extensions and the problem isn’t there.
A. If you’re constantly getting unwanted Specif1c.com pop-up advertisements on your computer then it could mean that you’re a victim of adware (also known as ‘adware software’). What does adware do? Adware can cause issues for your system. Adware software can redirect your internet browser to shady websites, and it can cause undesired web-sites to pop up on your web-browser. Adware can display advertisements on web-browser so that users cannot block them.
The worst is, adware software can be used to gather a wide variety of marketing-type data about you (your ip address, what is a web-site you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
By following guidance below it is easy to scan and get rid of adware software from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Edge and Firefox and your PC system. Learn how to remove Specif1c.com popups and malicious applications, as well as how to run a full machine virus scan.
How to remove Specif1c.com pop-ups, ads, notifications
There are a simple manual steps below that will assist you to delete Specif1c.com pop-ups from your Microsoft Windows PC. The most effective method to remove this adware is to complete the manual removal instructions and then use Zemana Free, MalwareBytes or Hitman Pro automatic tools (all are free). The manual way will help to weaken this adware software and these malicious software removal utilities will completely get rid of Specif1c.com redirect and revert back the Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer settings to default.
To remove Specif1c.com pop-ups, perform the steps below:
- Remove Specif1c.com popups without any tools
- How to automatically remove Specif1c.com redirect
- How to stop Specif1c.com popup advertisements
- How to avoid installation of Specif1c.com popups
- To sum up
Remove Specif1c.com popups without any tools
To remove Specif1c.com popup ads, adware software and other unwanted programs you can try to do so manually. Unfortunately some of the adware software won’t show up in your application list, but some adware may. In this case, you may be able to remove it through the uninstall function of your machine. You can do this by following the steps below.
Remove PUPs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
The process of adware removal is generally the same across all versions of Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it’s necessary to check the list of installed programs on your computer and delete all unused, unknown and dubious applications.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, click Windows button , then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as displayed in the figure below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the screen below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown in the following example.
Very carefully look around the entire list of apps installed on your system. Most likely, one of them is the adware that causes multiple undesired ads. If you have many software installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you’ve found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel as displayed in the figure below.
Once the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the following example.
You will see a list of apps installed on your PC system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most probably, it is the adware software that causes lots of undesired Specif1c.com advertisements. If you’re in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the application which you need to delete is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as displayed on the image below.
Remove Specif1c.com popups from Chrome
In this step we are going to show you how to reset Chrome settings. PUPs like the adware can make changes to your web-browser settings, add toolbars and undesired plugins. By resetting Chrome settings you will get rid of Specif1c.com redirect and reset unwanted changes caused by adware. Essential information like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
First start the Google Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Google Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the add-on signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option called “Settings”.
The web browser will display the settings screen. Another way to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, like below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box as displayed in the figure below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The internet browser will start the process of cleaning. Once it is finished, the browser’s settings including homepage, search provider by default and new tab back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your system.
Remove Specif1c.com ads from Firefox
If Firefox settings are hijacked by the adware, your web browser shows annoying pop up ads, then ‘Reset Mozilla Firefox’ could solve these problems. Essential information such as bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
First, open the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Specif1c.com pop-up advertisements from IE
The IE reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your web-browser, that installed by an malicious software.
First, open the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then press the “Internet Options” as displayed in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button like below.
When the process is done, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s default search engine, home page and new tab page to default state.
How to automatically remove Specif1c.com redirect
There are not many good free anti-malware programs with high detection ratio. The effectiveness of malicious software removal utilities depends on various factors, mostly on how often their virus/malware signatures DB are updated in order to effectively detect modern malware, adware, browser hijacker infections and other PUPs. We recommend to use several programs, not just one. These programs which listed below will help you get rid of all components of the adware from your disk and Windows registry and thereby delete Specif1c.com ads.
Run Zemana Free to remove Specif1c.com advertisements
Zemana AntiMalware is a free application for MS Windows operating system to detect and remove potentially unwanted software, adware, malicious internet browser extensions, browser toolbars, and other unwanted apps such as adware software that causes multiple annoying pop-up advertisements.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of Zemana Anti-Malware for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When the downloading process is complete, close all applications and windows on your system. Double-click the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Zemana on your PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, Zemana will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the adware that causes internet browsers to show undesired Specif1c.com ads. This procedure may take quite a while, so please be patient.
After Zemana has completed scanning your computer, the results are displayed in the scan report. In order to delete all items, simply click “Next” button. The Zemana Anti Malware will remove adware responsible for redirects to the Specif1c.com and move items to the program’s quarantine. Once the task is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
Delete Specif1c.com popup ads and malicious extensions with HitmanPro
HitmanPro is a portable program that requires no hard installation to identify and remove adware software that causes multiple annoying pop up advertisements. The program itself is small in size (only a few Mb). HitmanPro does not need any drivers and special dlls. It is probably easier to use than any alternative malicious software removal utilities you’ve ever tried. HitmanPro works on 64 and 32-bit versions of Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP. It proves that removal utility can be just as useful as the widely known antivirus programs.
- Click the link below to download Hitman Pro. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
- When downloading is done, run the HitmanPro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the HitmanPro window, click the “Next” for checking your computer for the adware software that causes web-browsers to open unwanted Specif1c.com pop-up advertisements. This procedure may take some time, so please be patient. While the Hitman Pro program is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
- After HitmanPro has completed scanning, you can check all items found on your computer. Next, you need to click “Next”. Now, click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to remove all malicious software found.
How to automatically get rid of Specif1c.com with MalwareBytes AntiMalware
You can remove Specif1c.com pop-up advertisements automatically through the use of MalwareBytes. We advise this free malicious software removal utility because it may easily get rid of browser hijacker infections, adware, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Installing the MalwareBytes is simple. First you’ll need to download MalwareBytes from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
After the download is complete, close all apps and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup as on the image below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once setup is finished, you’ll see window like below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the adware that responsible for the appearance of Specif1c.com popup ads. This task can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan MalwareBytes Free will scan for threats exist on your PC.
When that process is done, you can check all threats detected on your computer. In order to get rid of all threats, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove adware software which reroutes your browser to the intrusive Specif1c.com web-site and move items to the program’s quarantine. After that process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video explains few simple steps on how to get rid of hijacker, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
How to stop Specif1c.com popup advertisements
In order to increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying advertisements and harmful websites, you need to use adblocker program that stops an access to malicious advertisements and web pages. Moreover, the program may stop the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard on your machine by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the following example.
Follow the prompts. After the setup is complete, you will see a window as shown on the screen below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which 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 PC, AdGuard will run automatically and stop undesired ads, block Specif1c.com, as well as other harmful or misleading web-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 desktop.
How to avoid installation of Specif1c.com popups
These days some freeware developers bundle third-party software that could be potentially unwanted applications like adware software, with a view to making some money. These are not free software as install an unwanted programs on to your MS Windows computer. So whenever you install a new free program that downloaded from the Net, be very careful during install. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), choose custom or manual installation mode, uncheck all optional programs.
To sum up
After completing the step-by-step guidance above, your computer should be clean from this adware and other malware. The Microsoft Edge, IE, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will no longer display annoying Specif1c.com web-page when you surf the World Wide Web. Unfortunately, if the tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new adware software, and then the best way – ask for help.
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