Did you just get a pop-up from chakari4terium.com and wonder where it came from? Did the chakari4terium.com ad appear to have been launched from a web site that under normal circumstances don’t use advertising such as pop-up windows? Or did the chakari4terium.com pop-up show up while you clicked a link on one of the big search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo?
Here is how the chakari4terium.com ad looked like on my computer:
If you also see this on your machine, you most likely have some adware installed on your computer that pops up the chakari4terium.com ads. So there’s no use contacting the site owner. The ads are not coming from them. I’ll try help you to remove the chakari4terium.com pop-ups in this blog post.
Those that have been spending some time on this blog already know this, but here we go: Recently I dedicated a few of my lab machines and intentionally installed a few adware programs on them. I have been monitoring the behaviour on these systems to see what kinds of advertisements that are displayed. I’m also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware updates itself, or if it installs additional unwanted software on the computers. I first spotted the chakari4terium.com pop-up on one of these lab computers.
chakari4terium.com was created on 2015-12-17. chakari4terium.com resolves to 22.214.171.124.
So, how do you remove the chakari4terium.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the chakari4terium.com ads I had Windows Menager, SmartComp Safe Network, gosearch.me and Live Malware Protection installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the chakari4terium.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.
The problem with pop-ups such as this one is that it can be launched by many variants of adware, not just the adware that’s installed on my system. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.
So, what can be done? To remove the chakari4terium.com pop-up ads you need to review your computer for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here’s my suggested removal procedure:
- Check what programs you have installed in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. Do you see something that you don’t remember installing or that was recently installed?
- How about your add-ons you installed in your browsers. Anything in the list that you don’t remember installing?
- If that did not help, I’d recommend a scan with FreeFixer to manually track down the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I’m working on that scans your computer at lots of locations, such as browser add-ons, processes, Windows services, recently modified files, etc. If you want to get additional details about a file in the scan result, you can click the More Info link for that file and a web page will open up with a VirusTotal report which will be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:
Here you can see FreeFixer in action removing the adware that caused pop-up ads:
Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the chakari4terium.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.