Did you just get a pop-up from surveysforconsumers.com and wonder where it came from? Did the surveysforconsumers.com ad appear to have been popped up from a web site that under normal circumstances don’t use advertising such as pop-up windows? Or did the surveysforconsumers.com pop-up show up while you clicked a link on one of the major search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo?
Here is a screenshot on the surveysforconsumers.com pop-up from my system:
(I’m sorry for the many watermarks. If I don’t add them, the screenshot always show up at some copy-cat blogs.)
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 surveysforconsumers.com ads. So don’t flame the people that owns the website you were at, the ads are most likely not coming from that website, but from the adware that’s installed on your system. I’ll do my best to help you remove the surveysforconsumers.com pop-up in this blog post.
I found the surveysforconsumers.com pop-up on one of the lab systems where I have some adware running. I’ve talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The adware was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if something new has appeared, such as pop-up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on site that usually don’t show ads, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.
surveysforconsumers.com was created on 2015-05-06. surveysforconsumers.com resolves to 184.108.40.206. According to YouGetSignal’s reverse lookup service, the following domains are located on the same server:
So, how do you remove the surveysforconsumers.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the surveysforconsumers.com ads I had istartsurf, MedPlayerNewVersion and Movie Wizard installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the surveysforconsumers.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.
If you are wonder if there are many others out there also getting the surveysforconsumers.com ads, the answer is probably yes. Check out the traffic rank from Alexa:
The bad news with pop-ups like the one described in this blog post 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.
To remove the surveysforconsumers.com pop up ads you need to examine your computer for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here’s my suggested removal procedure:
The first thing I would do to remove the surveysforconsumers.com pop-ups is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the “Uninstall programs” dialog. You can find 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:
Click on the “Uninstall a program” link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:
Do you see something strange-looking listed there or something that you don’t remember installing? Tip: Sort on the “Installed On” column to see if some program was installed approximately about the same time as you started getting the surveysforconsumers.com pop-ups.
Then I would check the browser add-ons. Adware often show up under the add-ons menu in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera. Is there something that looks suspicious? Anything that you don’t remember installing?
I think you will be able to identify and remove the adware with the steps outlined above, but 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’ve developed since 2006. Freefixer is a tool built to manually identify and remove unwanted software. When you’ve identified the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.
FreeFixer’s removal feature is not crippled like many other removal tools out there. It won’t require you to pay a fee just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.
And if you’re having a hard time figuring out if a file is legitimate or unsafe in the FreeFixer scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your web browser with a page which contains more information about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be quite useful:
Here’s a video tutorial which shows FreeFixer in action removing adware that caused pop-up ads:
Did this blog post help you to remove the surveysforconsumers.com pop-up ads? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.