Remove Pop-Up Ads caused by Adware

Does this sound like your story? You see pop-up advertisements from while browsing on web sites that normally don’t advertise in pop-up windows. The pop-ups manage to escape the built-in pop-up blockers in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Maybe the popups appear when clicking search results from the Google search engine? Or does the pop-ups appear even when you’re not browsing?

Here’s how the pop-up looked like when I got it on my pop-up ad for

Does this sound like your machine, you most likely have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the ads. So there’s no use contacting the site owner. The ads are not coming from them. I’ll do my best to help you remove the pop-up in this blog post. This is done by removing the unwanted adware from your machine.

I found the pop-up on one of the lab computers where I have some adware running. I’ve talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The adware was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if anything new has appeared, such as pop-up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on web site that usually don’t show ads, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.

So, how do you remove the pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the ads I had BlockAndSurf, TinyWallet and BrowserWarden installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

BlockAndSurf was the adware that caused the pop-ups in my case. I could see this since the pop-up was labeled “Ads by BlockAndSurf”.

Ads by BlockAndSurf pop-up

The problem with pop-ups like this one is that it can be initiated by many variants of adware, not just the adware on my system. I think that adware such as CheckMeUp, SpeedCheck, Salus, SaferSurf and NewPlayer can also be responsible for the popups. And there are probably other variants too. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.

So, what can be done to solve the problem? To remove the pop-up ads you need to examine your system for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here’s my suggested removal procedure:

  1. What software do you have installed if you look in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel? Something that you don’t remember installing yourself or that was recently installed?
  2. You can also check the add-ons you installed in your browsers. Same thing here, do you see something that you don’t remember installing?
  3. If that didn’t solve the problem, you can give FreeFixer a try. FreeFixer is built to assist users when manually tracking down adware and other types of unwanted software. It is a freeware utility that I’ve been working since 2006 and it scans your system at lots of locations where unwanted software is known to hook into your system. If you would like to get additional details about a file in FreeFixer’s scan result, you can just click the More Info link for that file and a web page with a VirusTotal report will open up, which can be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:

    FreeFixer More Info link example
    An example of FreeFixer’s “More Info” links. Click for full size.

Here’s a video tutorial showing FreeFixer in action removing pop-up ads:

Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the pop ups? What did you do to stop the pop-up in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you!

Did this blog post help you to remove the pop-up ads? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.

Thank you!

1 thought on “Remove Pop-Up Ads caused by Adware

  1. Hi

    I am based in southern spain and use filmon tv throught the internet to watch UK tv
    We are suffering with a lot of ads which kill the program we are watching
    We have to retune the station each time some of the ads do this
    Not all ads do it but start to appear then dissapears and the program continues
    If we took the filmon subscription for no ads does this stop all ads permantly
    Can u tell me what options i have rather than havinf to fork out 150 euros for a subscription

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