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Remove secureadserver.com Pop Up Ads

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

Here’s how the secureadserver.com pop-up looked like when I got it on my computer:

secureadserver.com pop up

(I’m sorry for the many watermarks. If I don’t add them, the screenshot always show up at some copy-cat blogs.)

Does this sound like what you see your machine, you presumably have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the secureadserver.com ads. So there’s no use contacting the site owner. The ads are not coming from them. I’ll do my best to help you remove the secureadserver.com pop-up in this blog post.

I found the secureadserver.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 web site that usually don’t show ads, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.

secureadserver.com resolves to the IP address. secureadserver.com was created on 2013-04-04.

So, how do you remove the secureadserver.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the secureadserver.com ads I had PrimaryColor, FastSearch, SSFK.exe, mystartsearch, YTDownloader, SFKEX64.exe, WebShield, PhaseProfessor and Wajam installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the secureadserver.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

It seems as secureadserver.com is getting quite a lot of traffic, based on Alexa’s traffic rank:

secureadserver.com traffic

The issue with this type of pop-up is that it can be popped up 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 secureadserver.com ads removal:

The first thing I would do to remove the secureadserver.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:
Uninstall a program search

Click on the “Uninstall a program” link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:
Uninstall a program dialog

Do you see something suspicious in there or something that you don’t remember installing? Tip: Sort on the “Installed On” column to see if something was installed about the same time as you started seeing the secureadserver.com pop-ups.

Then I would check the browser add-ons. Adware often turn up under the add-ons menu in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Something that you don’t remember installing?
Firefox add-ons manager

I think most users will be able to track down 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’ve developed since 2006. It’s a tool built to manually find and uninstall unwanted software. When you’ve tracked down 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 problems figuring out if a file is safe or adware in FreeFixer’s scan result, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your web browser with a page which contains more details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:

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

Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the secureadserver.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!