Did you just get a popup from quizzitch.net and wonder where it came from? Did the quizzitch.net 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 quizzitch.net pop-up show up while you clicked a link on one of the major search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo?
Here is how the quizzitch.net ad looked like on my system:
(Sorry for the watermarks. Need to add them to prevent the most blatant attempts of other bloggers using my screenshots without attribution)
If you also see this on your system, you most likely have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the quizzitch.net ads. So don’t blame the people that runs the site you were at, the ads are most likely not coming from that site, but from the adware that’s installed on your machine. I’ll do my best to help you remove the quizzitch.net pop-up in this blog post.
I found the quizzitch.net pop-up on one of the lab computers 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 web site that usually don’t show ads, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.
quizzitch.net resolves to 188.8.131.52. quizzitch.net was created on 2015-02-17.
So, how do you remove the quizzitch.net pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the quizzitch.net ads I had Movie Wizard, istartsurf and MedPlayerNewVersion installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the quizzitch.net pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.
It seems as quizzitch.net is getting quite a lot of traffic, based on Alexa’s traffic rank:
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 on my machine. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.
Anyway, here’s my suggestion for the quizzitch.net ads removal:
The first thing I would do to remove the quizzitch.net pop-ups is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the “Uninstall programs” dialog. You can open 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:
Do you see something suspicious listed there or something that you don’t remember installing? Tip: Sort on the “Installed On” column to see if something was installed approximately about the same time as you started getting the quizzitch.net pop-ups.
The next thing to check would be your browser’s add-ons. Adware often show up under the add-ons menu in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Anything that you don’t remember installing?
I think most users will be able to find and uninstall 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 started develop about 8 years ago. Freefixer is a tool built to manually track down and uninstall 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 locked down like many other removal tools out there. It won’t require you to pay for the program just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.
And if you’re having issues figuring out if a file is legitimate or malware in FreeFixer’s scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up a web page which contains more details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:
Here’s a video tutorial on how to remove the pop-ups with FreeFixer:
Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the quizzitch.net ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.