Remove Pop-up Virus — How to Remove?

Written by Wilbur Woodham pop-ups appear when you do not expect, bothering and irritating you. However, that is way more than annoying notifications – their origins is surely malignant, and they may bring other malware to your system. In this post, I will guide you on how to remove pop-ups and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any interaction with pop-ups will be useless at best. In worst case scenario, the websites it can throw you to can introduce malware to your system. These pop-up notifications can also promote fake shopping websites 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 push notifications?

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 push notifications and notifications is the malignant origins of the latter. Common pop-ups are offered for you to enable on different sites with a understandable purpose – notify you about the new articles, goods for sale and so on. It is a useful thing to help your site to keep visitors and help the interested ones to have the best deal.

Brief description of the pop-ups:
HostingAS63023 GTHost
United Kingdom, London
IP Address172.99.190.204
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorCiling, Bigcaptchahere, Sajes
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC push notifications, as opposed, are related to less legit sites. You will generally witness the offer to enable them following the redirection from another site. Redirects are OK unless they throw you to such a dubious place. In this case, turning on push notifications is served as the anti-DDoS check. Alternatively, the web pages may refuse to show you the contents unless you turn on these pop-up notifications. These requirements should already raise suspicion, as websites generally have a less obscure anti-bot mechanism. Seeing this offer should be the reason to skip the website doubtlessly. Sometimes, even after clicking “Allow”, you will not get to the website – it has only a landing page with the offer to turn on the push notifications. push notification push notification.

How does this work?

The vast majority of web browsers support turning on pop-ups from sites. Sites, on the other hand, may send out notifications with the content of their choice. It can be a promotion of the product or a page published on this particular website, or an ad of the page of their partner. As a result, you can see the push notification from site X, but interacting with it will redirect you to site Y – because a referral link to the latter was built in.

Cyber burglars rely on this ability in their approach to gain money through advertising. They trick victims into allowing them to show the banners, and after that just spread numerous promotions of other crooks they contract with. As you can suppose, no legit organisations will have a deal with fraudsters. All the popups you may see lead to other fraudulent sites. In some cases, the same victim can be trapped by several pop-up spamming sites, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.

The promotions these rascals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It generally provides a miserable pay for one person, but when you have a huge number of victims and show them hundreds of ads every day – that is a way bigger sum. Despite most of these ads are ineffective, it can still give all the participants a lot of profit.

Are pop-up ads dangerous?

Yes, they are. Initially, they can look non-threatening – just a blinking window that appears from time to time. However, the things this window promotes differ sharply from what you generally see in pop-ups. website is controlled by fraudsters, who deliberately throw tons of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also never follow any common sense and can launch sporadic pop-ups into a hurricane of promotions. For weak systems, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all problems these pop-up advertisements carry.

Why people dislike popups

As any other thing related to illegal ads, pop-up notifications do not contain any legit offers. Even though hackers make the ads similar to ones from Amazon, Walmart or Ebay, the site 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, pop-up advertisements are not recommended to click on either, and the best solution is to disable them as soon as possible.

How to remove pop-ups?

Fortunately, pop-up notifications removal is pretty easy. They parasite in the web browser and cannot hide themselves on a disk. Nonetheless, as I stated above, some push notifications can deliver malicious programs to your system. It is hard to describe all of the cases, and manual malware removal is inconvenient. For that reason, after removing the source of the push notifications it is recommended to use anti-malware software. That is especially recommended in the case when you have never clicked “Allow” to pop-up ads, and they still appeared. This situation can be a sign of malicious software activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will perfectly fit both recovery and malware scanning and removal purposes, because of its system recovery functionality and advanced detection system.

Initially, you should reset your browser settings. You can do that in manual or automated way. The former, obviously, requires more time to complete and can 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 may 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 website 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 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 Pop-ups?


Description: - 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 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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