Remove kongregate.com Pop Up Ads Caused By Adware

Does this sound like what you are seeing right now? You see pop-up ads from kongregate.com¬†appearing in new tabs while browsing at sites that usually don’t advertise with¬†pop-ups. The pop-ups manage to escape the built-in pop-up blockers in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Perhaps the kongregate.com pop-ups show up when clicking search results from Google? Or does the pop-ups show up even when you’re not browsing?

Here is how the kongregate.com ad looked like on my system:

kongregate.com pop up

Does this sound like your computer, you almost certainly have some adware installed on your system that pops up the kongregate.com ads. So there’s no idea contacting the owner of the web site you currently were browsing. The ads are not coming from them. I’ll do my best to help you with the kongregate.com removal in this blog post.

Those that have been reading this blog already know this, but for new visitors: Recently I dedicated a few of my lab computers and intentionally installed some adware programs on them. Since then I have been monitoring the actions on these machines to see what kinds of advertisements 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 observed the kongregate.com pop-up on one of these lab machines.

So, how do you remove the kongregate.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the kongregate.com ads I had GamesDesktop, MedPlayerNewVersion, Movie Wizard and istartsurf installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the kongregate.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

The problem with this type of pop-up is that it can be popped up 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 kongregate.com 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, 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:

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

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

Thank you!