Remove Pop-Up Ads

Are you getting pop-ups from while browsing in Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer? Do the pop-ups appear even though the built-in pop-up blocker in your browser is enabled? If that is the case, you probably have some sort of adware installed on your machine. This blog post will hopefully help you remove the pop-ups ads. pop-up

If you have been following me here on the blog you know that I’ve installed some adware on purpose on my lab machines and that I’m currently monitoring what kind of advertisements that appears, the domain names of the pop-ups and other actions that the adware performs. The adware I have installed on this lab machines are TinyWallet, Browser Warden and BlockAndSurf. As you you can see in the screenshot below, the pop-up is labeled BlockAndSurf, so there we have the adware that was responsible for the pop-up on my machine. So, in my case, the BlockAndSurf removal stopped the pop-ups. ads by BlockAndSurf

There’s a problem though. BlockAndSurf is not the only adware that launch the pop-ups. If your pop-up also is labeled with the adware name, go ahead and uninstall it, that should solve the problem.

However, the pop-ups are not always nicely labeled like that, so you might have to get your hands dirty to track down the adware that pop up the ads. The Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel and you browser’s add-on menu is a good start to search for suspicious software.

BlockAndSurf is variant of an adware family, often referred to as “AddLyrics” by the anti-virus programs. I think that the pop-ups are opened by some of the other variants too, not just BlockAndSurf. I’ve seen the following labels on the pop-up type: Salus, CheckMeUp, Safer-Surf and NewPlayer.

I did a search in FreeFixer’s library of files to dig up a few more AddLyrics variants. It’s possible that one of these could be responsible for the ads:

  • TubeSaver
  • SuperLyrics
  • LyricXeeker
  • MarkKit
  • PassShow
  • PassWidget
  • Plus-HD
  • Re-markit
  • ViewPassword
  • Re-Markable
  • Better Mark-it

If that does not help, you can try FreeFixer, a tool that I’m working on that assists users to track down and remove unwanted software. It’s a freeware tool. Tip, if you have difficulties determining if a file in FreeFixer’s scan result is legitimate or malware, click on the More Info links. That will bring up the file information page, which contains useful information about the file, such as a VirusTotal report for the file.

Screenshot showing how FreeFixer's "More Info" links opens up the file information page with a VirusTotal report.
FreeFixer’s More Info links. Click for full size.

Please let me know if you managed to track down what caused the pop-ups in your case. What adware did you uninstall from your machine? Your comment will help other users in the same situation.

Thanks for reading, and welcome back to the blog.