Remove Pop-up Virus — How to Remove?

Written by Wilbur Woodham pop-ups appear when you do not expect, disturbing and annoying you. Still, they are way more than annoying pop-ups – their origins is surely malicious, and they may bring other malware to your PC. In this article, I will show you how to remove pop-up notifications and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any interaction with pop-up notifications will be ineffective at best. At worst, the sites it can show you can introduce malware to your system. These pop-ups may also advertise 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 pop-up 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 pop-ups and notifications is the malicious origins of the latter. Normal pop-up notifications are offered for you to enable on different sites with a understandable purpose – keep you aware about the fresh articles, discounts and so on. It is a useful tool to help your site to keep visitor’s attention and help the interested ones to have the best deal.

Short summary of the pop-ups:
Hosting AS14061 DigitalOcean, LLC
United States, North Bergen
IP Address
Malware type Adware1
Effect Unwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard level Medium
Malware source Apps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behavior Topatincompany, Sades, Topsadrettin
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC pop-ups, as opposed, are related to less legit web pages. You will commonly observe the proposition to turn them on following the redirection from another page. Redirects are OK unless it throws you into such a questionable place. In this case, turning on pop-up notifications is offered as the anti-DDoS check-up. Alternatively, the web pages can refuse to show you the content unless you enable these pop-up ads. These demands should already raise suspicion, as websites usually have a more convenient anti-bot mechanism. Witnessing this offer is a reason to close the website doubtlessly. Sometimes, even when you click “Allow”, you will not see the web page – it has only a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up ads. push notification push notification.

How does this work?

Most of browsers support turning on push notifications from sites. Websites, on the other hand, can send out notifications with the content they like. It may be a promotion of the product or a page listed on this particular website, as well as a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you may see the push notification from site X, but opening it will direct you to site Y – because a link to the latter was built in.

Scoundrels bear on this feature in their approach to earn money using illegal advertising. They trick victims into turning on pop-ups, and then just spread hundreds of banners of other crooks they have a deal with. As you can suppose, no benevolent companies will have a deal with fraudsters. All the push ads you may see lead to other untrustworthy sites. In some cases, the same victim may get into a trap of multiple pop-up spamming websites, and its browser will turn into a complete mess.

The ads these rascals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It usually provides a miserable payment for one person, but when you have a huge number of users and make it hundreds of times every day – that is a way bigger sum. Despite the majority of these ads giving no result at all, it may still bring all the participants a lot of profit.

Are push notifications dangerous?

Yes, they are. At the surface, 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-up ads. site is ruled by crooks, who deliberately spread hundreds of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also never follow any manners of advertising and can launch sporadic pop-up advertisements into a storm of ads. For weak systems, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all troubles these push notifications carry.

Why people dislike popups

As with any other thing that touches illegal advertising, pop-ups do not contain any legit offers. Even though hackers make the banners similar to ones from well-known retailers, the website these banners will throw you to are completely different. And these pages may 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-up ads 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 notifications 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 sit in the browser and can’t conceal themselves among system files. Nevertheless, as I told above, some push notifications may introduce malicious programs to your computer. It is nearly impossible to show all of the cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is a poor idea. Therefore, after getting rid of the pop-up ads the best option is to use anti-malware software. That is especially recommended if you have never clicked “Allow” to pop-up advertisements, but they still appeared. That can point at malicious software activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both recovery and malware scanning and removal purposes, because of its system recovery functionality and multi-component detection system.

First of all, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to do in both manual and automatic manner. 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 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 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 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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