Remove Green-search-engine Pop-up Virus — How to Remove?

Written by Wilbur Woodham
Green-search-engine push notifications appear when you do not expect, disturbing and annoying you. Nonetheless, that is slightly more than just notifications – their essence is clearly malignant, and they may install other malware to your computer. In this article, I will show you how to remove Green-search-engine pop-ups and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any time you interact with Green-search-engine pop-ups will be ineffective at best. In worst case scenario, the websites it can throw you to may introduce malware to your system. These pop-up advertisements can also promote fake shopping sites which will take your money and payment info. The latter generally ends up with losing all the money you have on the exposed card.

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What are Green-search-engine pop-up advertisements?

As the pop-up definition goes, these are short and small advertisements that attract your attention to a product they promote. But the difference between regular pop-up ads and Green-search-engine pop-ups is the malignant origins of the latter. Normal pop-up notifications are offered for you to enable on different sites with a benevolent purpose – notify you about the fresh posts, goods for sale and so on. It is an effective approach to help your website to retain visitors and help the interested ones to have the best price.

Brief description of the pop-ups:
HostingAS13335 Cloudflare, Inc.
United States, San Francisco
IP Address104.21.38.27
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorHeavypcchained, Knuckledd, Mysniperhome
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC

Green-search-engine pop-up ads, in contrast, are related to unlegit sites. You will generally witness the proposition to enable them following the redirection from another page. There’s nothing bad in redirecting unless it throws you into such a dubious place. In this case, turning on push notifications is offered under the guise of the anti-bot filtering. In other cases, the web pages may deny showing you the content unless you turn on these pop-ups. These requirements should be the red flag, as websites commonly feature a less obscure anti-bot mechanism. Spectating this requirement should be the reason to skip the page right away. In some cases, even when you click “Allow”, you will not see the website – the only page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up ads.

Green-search-engine push notification

Green-search-engine push notification.

How does this work?

The vast majority of web browsers support enabling pop-ups from websites. Sites, on the other hand, may send notifications with the content they like. It can be a promotion of the product or a page listed on this particular site, or a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you may see the pop-up from site X, but clicking it will direct you to site Y – because a referral link to that website was built in.

Crooks rely on this ability in their attempt to earn money using illegal advertising. They trick users into allowing the pop-ups, and then just spread numerous banners of anyone they have a deal with. As you may suppose, no benevolent companies will have a deal with fraudsters. All the Green-search-engine push ads you can see lead to other untrustworthy sites. At some point, the same victim can get into a trap of multiple pop-up spamming web pages, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.

The promotions these crooks show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It usually provides a negligible payment for one view, but when you can send ads to hundreds of victims and show them hundreds of ads each day – that is a much more significant sum. Despite the majority of such banners are ineffective, it can still bring all the parties a lot of profit.

Are Green-search-engine pop-up notifications dangerous?

Yes, they are. At the surface, they may look harmless – just a blinking window that appears from time to time. However, the things this window promotes differ sharply from what you used to see in pop-ups. web page is controlled by crooks, who intentionally spread hundreds of irrelevant ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any common sense and can launch sporadic pop-ups into a storm of banners. For weak computers, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But troubles are not over at this point.

Why people dislike popups

As with any other thing related to illegal ads, Green-search-engine pop-up ads do not contain any legit deals to offer. Even when crooks make the ads similar to ones from Amazon, Walmart or Ebay, the web page these ads will throw you to are completely different. And these pages can offer you to turn on other pop-ups, install a “useful” program, or pay for a thing at a big discount and never receive it. Let’s leave aside the cases when pop-ups promote phishing pages or straightforward malware. There’s no way these pages will bring you any good, thus interacting with them is a very bad idea. For the same reason, Green-search-engine pop-ups are not recommended to click on either, and the best solution is to disable them as soon as possible.

How to remove Green-search-engine pop-ups?

Fortunately, Green-search-engine pop-up notifications removal is not very complicated. They reside in the web browser and can’t hide themselves in the system. Nonetheless, as I told above, some pop-up notifications may deliver malicious programs to your computer. It is nearly impossible to describe all of the cases, and manual malware removal is a poor idea. For that reason, after removing the source of the pop-up notifications it is recommended to use anti-malware software. This step is especially recommended if you have never clicked “Allow” to pop-ups, and they still appeared. That may point at adware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both system recovery and malware scanning purposes, because of its system recovery functionality and multi-component detection system.

First and foremost, you should reset your browser settings. You can do that in manual or automated way. The former, obviously, takes more time to complete and may be somewhat complicated if you have never done that. Automated supposes the use of anti-malware programs that can reset all browser settings at once.

Reset your browsers with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

To reset your browser with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, open the Tools tab, and click the “Reset browser settings” button.

Tools tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

You can see the list of options for each browser. By default, they are set up in a manner that fits the majority of users. Press the “Reset” button (lower right corner). In a minute your browser will be as good as new.

Reset Browser Settings tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

The browser reset is recommended to perform through the antivirus tool by GridinSoft, because the latter is also able to reset the HOSTS file without any additional commands.

Reset your browsers manually

Manual method of browser reset

To reset Edge, do the following steps:
  1. Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option:
  2. Reseting the Edge browser

  3. After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original:
For Mozilla Firefox, do the next actions:
  1. Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information”:
  2. The first step to revert Mozilla Firefox

  3. In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option:
  4. The second step of Firefox restoration
    After choosing this option, you will see the next message:
    The last step for Firefox
If you use Google Chrome
  1. Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button:
  2. In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults”:
  3. Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default:
Opera can be reset in the next way
  1. Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click “Advanced” option, and choose “Browser” button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there “Restore settings to their original defaults” option:

  2. After clicking the “Restore settings…” button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown:

When the browsers are reset, you need to ensure that your browser will connect the right DNS while connecting to the site you need. Create a text file titled “hosts” on your pc’s desktop, then open it and fill it with the following lines2:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# # source server
# # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
# localhost
# ::1 localhost

Find the hosts.txt file in C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc directory. Rename this file to “hosts.old.txt” (to distinguish it from the new one), and then move the file you created on the desktop to this folder. Remove the hosts.old from this folder. Now you have your hosts file as good as new.

Scan your system for possible viruses

After removing the Green-search-engine push notifications, it’s time to see if these pop-ups brought any threat to your system. Launch GridinSoft Anti-Malware, and then click on Standard scan. It will be enough in most cases to find and remove malware. The scan will last 5-10 minutes; you are free to use your system during that process.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware during the scan process

Once the scan is complete, you will see the detections or a notification about a clean system. Proceed with pressing the Clean Up button (or OK when nothing is detected).

GridinSoft scan finished

How to Remove Green-search-engine Pop-ups?

Name: Green-search-engine

Description: Green-search-engine - a lot of users became a target for the pop-up advertisements. I have a lot of friends who literally bombed me with the questions like “how to remove push notifications?” or “why do pop-ups keep appearing on Chrome even after AdBlock installation?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with Green-search-engine pop-ups, which may corrupt your browser’s correct performance, and create a lot of troubles while you are working.

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Adware

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  1. More about this malware type on GridinSoft Encyclopedia.
  2. Official Microsoft guide for hosts file reset.

About the author

Wilbur Woodham

I was a technical writer from early in my career, and consider IT Security one of my foundational skills. I’m sharing my experience here, and I hope you find it useful.

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