What is Popup Blocker extension?
Popup Blocker is supposed to be a browser extension that will improve the browsing experience and block unwanted pop-up ads, but according to security professionals, this browser extension acts as Adware. Adware is a form of malicious software. It not as dangerous as like a Trojan horse or Ransomware, but its presence can bring various pop-up windows and/or annoying advertising. Actually authors of adware software is associated with some third-party ad networks and by showing advertising to users they generate profit for yourself. These adverts not only bother your browsing experience but also redirect your web-browser to shady websites.
Even worse, the Popup Blocker extension can be used to gather lots of confidential data (your ip address, what is a webpage you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties. So, if you happen to encounter the adware, then be quick and take effort to remove it immediately. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to uninstall Popup Blocker adware. Let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
How does Popup Blocker get on your device
sually, adware gets into computers as part of a bundle with free programs, sharing files and other unsafe software which you downloaded from the Web. The creators of adware pays software creators for distributing adware within their applications. So, additional software is often included as part of the setup file. In order to avoid the install of any adware: choose only Manual, Custom or Advanced installation option and disable all third-party apps in which you are unsure.
|Type||adware, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop-up virus, popups, popup advertisements|
|Removal||Popup Blocker removal guide|
How to remove Popup Blocker adware (removal tutorial)
In order to remove Popup Blocker adware, start by closing any applications and popups that are open. If a popup won’t close, then close your web browser (Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome). If a program won’t close then please reboot your computer. Next, follow the steps below.
To remove Popup Blocker, complete the steps below:
- How to manually delete Popup Blocker
- Automatic Removal of Popup Blocker adware software
- How to stay safe online
How to manually delete Popup Blocker
This part of the article is a step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to get rid of Popup Blocker adware manually. You just need to carefully complete each step. In this case, you do not need to download any additional tools.
Delete unwanted or recently added programs
Some programs are free only because their setup file contains an adware. This unwanted applications generates revenue for the authors 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 Microsoft Windows control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category such as the one below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right such as the one below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (MS Windows 7 or Vista) as shown in the figure below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed apps and remove all questionable and unknown programs. We suggest to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. When you have found anything dubious that can be the Popup Blocker adware or other potentially unwanted program (PUP), then choose this application and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully delete it from your personal computer.
Remove Popup Blocker adware from Internet Explorer
By resetting IE browser you return your internet browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by Popup Blocker adware.
First, start the Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as displayed on the image 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 dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your device for the changes to take effect. It will remove Popup Blocker , disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings such as start page, new tab and search provider to default state.
Remove Popup Blocker from Chrome
Run the Reset web browser utility of the Chrome to reset all its settings such as new tab page, search provider and startpage to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of web-browser redirects to unwanted sites.
First launch the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Google Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option named “Settings”.
The browser will display the settings screen. Another method to display 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 press the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as displayed below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will display the confirmation prompt as shown below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will run the process of cleaning. When it’s done, the web-browser’s settings including search provider by default, new tab page and start page back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Delete Popup Blocker adware from Mozilla Firefox
If Mozilla Firefox settings are hijacked by the adware, your browser shows intrusive pop-up advertisements, then ‘Reset Firefox’ could solve these problems. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed or cleared.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page press on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the screen below.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Automatic Removal of Popup Blocker adware software
It’s very difficult for classic anti-virus to detect adware and other kinds of potentially unwanted apps. We recommend you use a free anti-adware like Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM), MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) and HitmanPro from our list below. These tools will allow you scan and remove trojans, malware, spyware, keyloggers, bothersome and malicious adware from an infected computer.
Use Zemana to get rid of Popup Blocker adware
Zemana Free is a malware removal tool. Currently, there are two versions of the utility, one of them is free and second is paid (premium). The principle difference between the free and paid version of the utility is real-time protection module. If you just need to scan your device for malicious software and remove the Popup Blocker adware, then the free version will be enough for you.
First, visit the following page, then click the ‘Download’ button in order to download the latest version of Zemana Free.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After the download is finished, close all apps and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as displayed on the image below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Zemana Anti-Malware on your PC.
Once installation is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button to detect Popup Blocker adware. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the scan is finished, Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will display a list of found threats. Review the results once the tool has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will remove Popup Blocker adware software and move the selected threats to the Quarantine.
Remove Popup Blocker from browsers with HitmanPro
HitmanPro is a portable utility that identifies and deletes undesired programs like hijackers, adware, toolbars, other web-browser add-ons and other malicious software. It scans your computer for Popup Blocker adware software and prepares a list of items marked for removal. Hitman Pro will only erase those unwanted software that you wish to be removed.
- Visit the page linked below to download Hitman Pro. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
- When the download is finished, launch the Hitman Pro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the Hitman Pro window, click the “Next” for checking your PC system for the Popup Blocker adware. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. During the scan HitmanPro will find threats present on your computer.
- When that process is done, Hitman Pro will show a screen which contains a list of malicious software that has been found. Once you have selected what you want to remove from your device click “Next”. Now, click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to remove all malware found.
How to delete Popup Blocker with MalwareBytes Free
Trying to remove Popup Blocker adware can become a battle of wills between the adware software infection and you. MalwareBytes can be a powerful ally, removing most of today’s adware, malicious software and potentially unwanted applications with ease. Here’s how to use MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will help you win.
Installing the MalwareBytes is simple. First you’ll need to download MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) on your computer from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once the download is complete, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will try to update itself and when this task is complete, press the “Scan” button for scanning your computer for the Popup Blocker . A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. While the MalwareBytes Free program is scanning, you can see count of objects it has identified as threat. You may delete items (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Quarantine” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal utility, we suggest you to read and follow the few simple steps or the video guide below.
How to stay safe online
If you want to get rid of annoying ads, web browser redirects and pop ups, then install an ad blocker program like AdGuard. It can block unwanted advertisements and popups, stop web-sites from tracking your online activities when using the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge and IE. So, if you like browse the Internet, but you don’t like annoying ads and want to protect your PC system from harmful web-sites, then the AdGuard is your best choice.
- First, visit the following page, then press the ‘Download’ button in order to download the latest version of AdGuard.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the setup application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, block Popup Blocker, as well as other malicious 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 icon named AdGuard, which may be found on your desktop.
Once you have removed the adware using this step-by-step guide, Internet Explorer, Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox will no longer display any unwanted ads when you surf the Net. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step guide does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
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