Remove Pop Up Ads

Does this sound like your story? You see pop-up ads from while browsing websites that mostl of the time don’t advertise in pop-up windows. The pop-ups manage to sidestep the built-in pop-up blockers in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Perhaps the pop-ups appear when clicking search results from Google? Or does the pop ups appear even when you’re not browsing?

Here’s a screenshot of the pop-up ad when it showed up on my computer: pop upIf you also see this on your machine, you most likely have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the ads. Contacting the owner of the web site would be a waste of time. They are not responsible for the ads. I’ll do my best to help you with the removal in this blog post.

For those that are new to the blog: Recently I dedicated a few of my lab machines and purposely installed some adware programs on them. Since then I have been observing the behaviour 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, or if it downloads and installs additional unwanted software on the machines. I first found the pop-up on one of these lab machines. was registered on 2015-05-23. resolves to the address.

The following domains are also registered and its possible that they are used for pop-ups too:


So, how do you remove the pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the ads I had Shopper-Pro, ObjectBrowser, MyStartSearch, YTDownloader, iWebar, Wajam, Primary Color and WebShield installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

The s. domain is attracting quite a lot of traffic, just check out the Alexa traffic rank: traffic

The issue with pop-ups such as this one is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware running on my computer. 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. Examine what programs you have installed in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. Do you see anything that you don’t remember installing or that was recently installed?
  2. How about your add-ons you have in your browsers. Anything in the list that you don’t remember installing?
  3. If that does 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:

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

Here’s a video tutorial showing FreeFixer in action removing 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!