How To Remove Pop-Up Ads and Surveys

Does this sound like what you are seeing right now? You see pop-up surveys from appear in a new tab while browsing web sites that in general don’t advertise in popup windows. The pop-ups manage to get round the built-in pop-up blockers in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera. The full domain name was pop-up

If this sounds like your machine, you most likely have some adware installed on your computer that pop up the ads. I’ll try help you to remove the in this blog post.

If you have been visiting this blog already know this, but if you are new: Recently I dedicated some of my lab machines and deliberately installed some adware programs on them. I have been following the actions on these computers to see what kinds of advertisements that are displayed. I’m also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware updates itself automatically, or if it installs additional unwanted software on the computers. I first noticed the survey on one of these lab computers. resolves to the IP-address and resolves to The domain was registered in the middle of November 2014.

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

The issue with this type of pop-up is that it can be launched by many variants of adware. 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:

The first thing I would do to remove the pop-ups is to examine the programs installed on the machine, by opening the “Uninstall programs” dialog. You can open this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows you can just type in “uninstall” in the Control Panel’s search field to find that dialog:
Uninstall a program search

Click on the “Uninstall a program” link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:
Uninstall a program dialog

Do you see something strange-looking in there or something that you don’t remember installing? Tip: Sort on the “Installed On” column to see if something was installed about the same time as you started getting the pop-ups. What did you remove? Did that stop the hurryingadserver pop-ups?

In case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I started develop many years ago. FreeFixer is a tool designed to manually find and remove unwanted software. When you’ve tracked down the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.

And if you’re having difficulties figuring out if a file is clean or adware in FreeFixer’s scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your browser with a page which contains additional details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:

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

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 very much!

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

Thank you!