Remove Pop Up Ads Caused By Adware

Did you just get a popup from and ask yourself where it came from? Did the ad appear to have been popped up from a web site that under normal circumstances don’t use advertising such as pop-up windows? pop up

(I know, lots of watermarks. Have to do it to stop the copy-cats.)

Does this sound like what you see your machine, you probably have some adware installed on your system that pops up the ads. Contacting the owner of the website would be a waste of time. They are not responsible for the advertisements. I’ll do my best to help you remove the pop-up in this blog post. This done by removing unwanted adware from your machine.

For those that are new to the blog: Recently I dedicated some of my lab machines and deliberately installed some adware programs on them. I’ve been monitoring the behaviour on these systems to see what kinds of adverts that are displayed. I’m also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware auto-updates, or if it downloads additional unwanted software on the machines. I first noticed the pop-up on one of these lab computers.

So, how do you remove the pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the ads I had Windows Menager, SmartComp Safe Network, and Live Malware Protection installed. These unwanted programs were bundled with a download promoted at ThePirateBay. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

Judging from Alexa’s traffic rank, is getting a tremendous amount of  traffic: traffic rank


Rank 31 in the world! Wish I had that traffic on my site 🙂

The issue with this type of pop-up is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware running on my machine. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.

Anyway, here’s my suggestion for the ads removal:

  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 review the add-ons that you have in your browser. Same thing here, do you see something that you don’t remember installing?
  3. If that didn’t help, 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 machine. 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 you can see FreeFixer in action removing the adware that caused pop-up ads:

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!