Remove Pop-Up Ads

Getting pop-up ads from Do the pop-ups bypass Firefox’, Chrome’s and Internet Explorer’s pop-up blockers? Do the popups appear on sites that normally don’t show any pop-ups? Most likely, you have some adware install and running on your machine. On the computer where I got these pop-ups I had Safer-Surf, SmarterOnes and Support 1.80 installed. I removed these with FreeFixer and the problem was solved.

Here’s how the pop-up looked like: pop-up ad in Firefox

Sorry for the silly use of watermarks in the screenshot, but if I don’t that the screenshot always show up at some copy-cat blogs 🙂

In my case, the adware responsible for the pop-ups was SaferSurf, since the pop-up was labeled with the adware name. What name appeared in your pop-up?

Ads by SaferSurf

So, how do you remove the pop-ups? I would do it like this:

  1. First I’d check the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. Do you find some adware there? Uninstall it.
  2. Then I would check the browser’s add-on menu. Does something suspicious show up? Uninstall it.
  3. If that did not help, you can try the FreeFixer removal tool which is designed to manually track down and remove unwanted software. If you have difficulties to determine if some files in FreeFixer’s scan result are legit or malware, try the More Info link which will show a VirusTotal report for the file:
More Info links in FreeFixer. Click for full size.

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