Remove Pop Up Ads Caused By Adware

Did you just get interrupted by a pop-up ad from You are not alone. I also get the pop-ups while browsing. Do the pop-ups also find a way round the pop-up blocker in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Then read on…

Here’s how the pop-up looked like when I got it on my system: pop up



If this sounds like what you are seeing on your system, you most likely have some adware installed on your computer that pops up the ads. Contacting the site owner would be a waste of time. The ads are not coming from them. The pop ups are most likely caused by some unwanted software on your machine. I’ll do my best to help you with the removal in this blog post.

Those that have been reading this blog already know this, but for new visitors: A little while back I dedicated a few of my lab computers and intentionally installed some adware programs on them. Since then I have been following the actions on these systems to see what kinds of adverts that are displayed. I’m also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware auto-updates, or if it downloads and installs additional unwanted software on the systems. I first spotted the pop-up on one of these lab machines.

So, how do you remove the pop-up ads? By removing the adware causing the pop ups.

On the machine where I got the ads I had WebShield, mystartsearch, Wajam, PhaseProfessor, FastSearch, PrimaryColor, SSFK.exe, SFKEX64.exe, YTDownloader and acengine installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

The pop┬ápop-up ad was labelled with “Ads by GetPrivate“, however, I could not see anything installed named GetPrivate on my machine. What label did your pop up have?

What label did your pop-up ad have? Please share in the comments area.

The issue with pop-ups like this one 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:

  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 check the browser add-ons. Same thing here, do you see something that you don’t remember installing?
  3. If that didn’t help, you can give FreeFixer a try. FreeFixer is built to assist users when manually tracking down adware and other types of unwanted software. It is a freeware utility that I’ve been working since 2006 and it scans your system at lots of locations where unwanted software is known to hook into your computer. If you would like to get additional details about a file in FreeFixer’s scan result, you can just click the More Info link for that file and a web page with a VirusTotal report will open up, which can 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 pop-up ads? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.

Thank you!