What is Power Blocker
Power Blocker is supposed to be a browser extension that will improve the browsing experience (block ads), but it is adware. Adware is a term that originates from ‘ad supported’ software. In many cases, ‘adware software’ is considered by many to be synonymous with ‘malware’. Its purpose is to make money for its creator by displaying unwanted advertisements to a user while the user is browsing the World Wide Web. Power Blocker can cause unwanted redirects, unclosable windows or inline text links with advertisements. These ads are used to promote sales or web-traffic to harmful web sites or publisher in order to make profit.
The worst is, the adware has the ability to gather your browsing history and confidential info, including passwords and credit card numbers. In the future, sensitive info about you can be sold to third parties. Therefore it is very important to follow the step-by-step instructions below as quickly as possible. The few simple steps will allow you to remove Power Blocker as well as clean your web-browser from annoying ads.
How does Power Blocker get on your computer
|Type||adware, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop-up virus, pop-ups, popup ads|
|Removal||Power Blocker removal guide|
How to remove Power Blocker from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
There are a few methods that can be used to remove Power Blocker adware. But, not all potentially unwanted apps like this adware software can be completely removed using only manual ways. In many cases you’re not able to uninstall any adware using standard Microsoft Windows options. In order to remove Power Blocker you need complete a few manual steps and use reliable removal utilities. Most cyber threat analysts states that Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM), MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) or HitmanPro utilities are a right choice. These free programs are able to search for and get rid of Power Blocker from your PC and restore your browser settings to defaults.
To remove Power Blocker, use the steps below:
- How to remove Power Blocker adware without any software
- Automatic Removal of Power Blocker
- How to stay safe online
How to remove Power Blocker adware without any software
First try to remove Power Blocker adware manually; to do this, follow the steps below. Of course, manual adware removal requires more time and may not be suitable for those who are poorly versed in computer settings. In this case, we recommend that you scroll down to the section that describes how to remove the adware using free tools.
Uninstalling the Power Blocker, check the list of installed applications first
Some applications are free only because their setup file contains an adware. This unwanted applications generates money for the creators when it is installed. More often this adware software can be removed by simply uninstalling it from the ‘Uninstall a Program’ that is located in Windows control panel.
|Windows 7||Windows 8|
|Windows 10||Mac OS|
Delete Power Blocker adware from Microsoft Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer internet browser you revert back your browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by Power Blocker adware.
First, open the Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” like the one below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove Power Blocker adware, disable malicious and ad-supported internet browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings like newtab page, start page and search provider to default state.
Remove Power Blocker from Mozilla Firefox
Resetting your Firefox is good initial troubleshooting step for any issues with your browser program, including the redirect to Power Blocker web page. Essential information such as bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
Start the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will open the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the Power Blocker adware. When, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Power Blocker adware from Google Chrome
Resetting Google Chrome to default values is useful in removing the Power Blocker from your web browser. This solution is always helpful to perform if you have trouble in removing changes caused by adware.
First open the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will show the Google Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed addons. If the list has the addon signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option named “Settings”.
The internet browser will display the settings screen. Another solution to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as displayed on the screen below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will open the confirmation dialog box like below.
You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The web browser will start the procedure of cleaning. Once it’s finished, the web browser’s settings including search engine, new tab and startpage back to the values which have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
Automatic Removal of Power Blocker
Manual removal steps may not be for everyone. Each Power Blocker removal step above, such as deleting suspicious programs, restoring affected shortcuts, deleting the adware from system settings, must be performed very carefully. If you are in doubt during any of the steps listed in the manual removal above, then we advise that you follow the automatic Power Blocker removal guidance listed below.
Use Zemana Free to remove Power Blocker adware software
Does Zemana uninstall Power Blocker adware? The adware is often installed with malicious software that can cause you to install an program such as toolbars you don’t want. Therefore, advise using the Zemana Anti-Malware. It is a tool created to scan and remove adware and other malware from your computer for free.
Now you can setup and run Zemana Free to delete Power Blocker adware software from your web-browser by following the steps below:
Click the following link to download Zemana Anti Malware installer called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your device. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Run the installer after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this tool on your computer.
During setup you can change certain settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malicious software removal utility will automatically launch and update itself. You will see its main window as shown on the image below.
Now press the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti-Malware program will scan through the whole personal computer for the Power Blocker adware. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. During the scan Zemana Free will find threats present on your personal computer.
After the system scan is done, it will open the Scan Results. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will remove Power Blocker adware software and move the selected items to the program’s quarantine. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system to make the change take effect.
Delete Power Blocker adware from web-browsers with HitmanPro
Hitman Pro is a completely free (30 day trial) tool. You do not need expensive solutions to get rid of Power Blocker adware software and other unsafe programs. HitmanPro will uninstall all the unwanted programs like adware software and hijackers at zero cost.
HitmanPro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
Once downloading is complete, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the HitmanPro icon. It will run the Hitman Pro tool. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to open the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Next” to begin scanning your PC for the Power Blocker adware software. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the scan is finished, Hitman Pro will display a list of all threats detected by the scan similar to the one below.
You may delete threats (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Next” button. It will show a prompt, press the “Activate free license” button. The Hitman Pro will remove Power Blocker adware. When disinfection is complete, the utility may ask you to restart your PC.
How to remove Power Blocker with MalwareBytes AntiMalware
We recommend using the MalwareBytes Free which are fully clean your computer of the adware. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal application developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It’s able to help you remove intrusive Power Blocker from your browsers, PUPs, malicious software, browser hijackers, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your device for free.
- Download MalwareBytes Anti Malware on your Windows Desktop from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will show the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the download is done, please close all programs and open windows on your PC. Double-click on the icon that’s named MBSetup.
- This will run the Setup wizard of MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) onto your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes will run and show the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button to begin checking your device for the Power Blocker adware. This process can take some time, so please be patient. When a malware, adware or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- As the scanning ends, the results are displayed in the scan report.
- You may delete items (move to Quarantine) by simply press the “Quarantine” button. Once the process is done, you may be prompted to reboot the device.
- Close the Anti Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
How to stay safe online
Using an ad-blocking program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, adblocker programs will also protect you from malicious ads and web sites, and, of course, block redirection chain to misleading, scam and similar web-pages.
- Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard on your PC from the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After downloading it, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the setup is finished, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will assist 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 start automatically and stop undesired advertisements, block Power Blocker redirects, as well as other harmful or misleading webpages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, that can be found on your desktop.
To sum up
Now your personal computer should be clean of the Power Blocker adware. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and unwanted harmful web sites) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your computer for new malicious software, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for MS Windows operating system. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, harmful applications and adware software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Power Blocker from your internet browser, then ask for help here.