Do you see pop-up ads from williamhill.com while browsing on web sites that normally don’t advertise in pop-up windows. The pop-ups manage to escape the built-in pop-up blockers in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera. Perhaps the williamhill.com popups appear when clicking search results from Google? Or does the pop-ups appear even when you’re not browsing?
Here’s how the williamhill.com pop-up looked like when I got it on my machine:
I first noticed this pop up back in December 2014, but now it appeared again, so I thought I should write a few lines about it. The actual subdomain is static.williamhill.com.
If this sounds like what you are seeing on your machine, you presumably have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the williamhill.com ads. Don’t blame the people that owns the website you were at, the ads are almost certainly not coming from that site, but from the adware that’s installed on your machine. I’ll try help you to remove the williamhill.com pop-ups in this blog post. This is done by removing the unwanted adware.
Those that have been visiting this blog already know this, but here we go: Not long ago I dedicated some of my lab machines and deliberately installed some adware programs on them. I have been monitoring the behaviour 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 updates itself, or if it installs additional unwanted software on the systems. I first observed the williamhill.com pop-up on one of these lab computers.
So, how do you remove the williamhill.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the williamhill.com ads I had BlockAndSurf, TinyWallet and BrowserWarden installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the williamhill.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in .
The problem with pop-ups like 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 should done to solve the problem? To remove the williamhill.com pop up ads you need to examine your machine for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here’s my suggested removal procedure:
- 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?
- You can also check the add-ons you have in your browsers. Same thing here, do you see anything that you don’t remember installing?
- If that did not 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 machine at lots of locations where unwanted software is known to hook into your system. 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:
Here you can see FreeFixer in action removing pop-up ads:
Did this blog post help you to remove the williamhill.com pop-up ads? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.