How to remove (uninstall)

Do you see irritating pop-ups on the Internet, labeled as “pop-ups by”? Have you seen the presence of anywhere else in the system? If something alike happened lately – your system is infested with adware, and our article will help you in removing it.

What is, as you might have guessed already, is an advertising program. can do nothing well, as it was created to do one thing: to irritate you. Surely, the driving-crazy stuff is not its real task, but you'll be annoyed in any case when adware does what it does – shows the advertising content. It gets into the device, it alters the browser settings and displays you as much spam as it can and even more, ensuring that they've attracted your attention. Adware owners receive a couple of cents for every click you're making, and now you understand why the banners keep popping up: it’s a real bonanza. In the coming sections, we will explain how adware infected the machine and how you can defend it against suchlike viruses. In case you are not interested and just want to uninstall the virus one way or another – don't mind the following sections and go to the removal advice.

Right after the infestation, modifies the controls of your browser. That's its only aim, as the essential part of this adware is the “search engine” to which you're being redirected. So, clears the pre-set start page and the pre-set search engine and places the unreliable website in their place. Now, instead of searching via the well-known Bing, Google, Yahoo or whatever search you're used to – you will surf the Net through the wretched fake website that displays ads pop-ups untrusted pages of all forms and sizes. The virus also modifies the controls of the shortcuts of infected browsers in a way that even if you restore the regular settings, you'll see the fraud search engine in the starting tab.

If you've already tried to eliminate the adware, you might have mentioned that it reinstalls, regardless of the number of times you deleted it. It happens because of the's protective algorithms, and we will define how they function:

  • The first technique of defense is to develop a scheduled task on the restoration of if the operator had removed it. Scheduled tasks aren’t frequently used by regular computer owners, so just creates a task to confirm if it’s working, and if it isn't – to get and install it again. This task verifies the virus' presence every time you reboot your PC, and thanks to it keeps recovering.
  • The second technique is pretty much like the first one, but it employs the system registry instead of the system tasks. You need to clear the registry to beat this manner, but it’s a very difficult thing for a newbie. The regular registry items are crucially important, and by erasing any of them, you can bring serious damage to the OS.


How got into the system

To make easier for you, we’ll describe the process in total. Most of the advertisement-oriented utilities are each other's replicas, replicated thousands of times and sold to different fraudsters after slight visual changes. One of the suchlike guys purchased from an underground auction, added their logo and uploaded it to file-sharing portals all over the Internet. And then, there was you, downloading it. Okay, are you sure that you didn’t look for adware that will drive you crazy? Possibly, you needed a perfect method to endanger your device, and got a direct link to download? Missed again? OK, in that case, it could be some utility that is actually useful. Kind of a free program created by an unknown developer, or a pirated copy of some well-known utility you didn’t want to purchase.

We know this technique as the “sponsored installation”, and it's based on that hackers unite the installation files of a few harmful programs and a single good utility into one "bundle". The main peculiarity of this installer is that it’s called by the name of a useful program, and you don’t know its content before it's too late. On some of the steps, you see a proposal to get other tools, with all fields filled and the first desire is to get them and move forward. And you clicked on it. Don't forget about another method, with the “ways of installation”. In most cases, the sophisticated installation manner gives you the possibility to decide where you wish this software to be established, which extra programs do you want, and which ones are pointless. In case of, if you pick the suggested method of installation, you let all the garbage from the bundle into the PC.

Methods to remove

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)


If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you understand what is, and you see how it penetrated your PC. We’ve told you almost everything, except the most significant thing: the methods to uninstall this virus. Here we go. You can uninstall by following two basic methods. The first one is what you have just tried to perform – deletion in manual mode. We can do it easier, and below this part, you’ll find the tips on by-hand removal. Its main problem is the impossibility to remove several advertising programs with its help as it'll require many hours to do. We offer you another manner: you might completely remove the adware in 5 minutes through Spyhunter AntiMalware. It has lots of benefits, and among them are the ability to work along with many antiviral tools, low price, increased operation speed and 24/7 support service. It's time to stop trying to guard the system with free software – switch to the genuine antivirus. Push the button below to download a trial scanner. removal tool

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "" and delete these elements


Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall



Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.


Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Disable notifications in the browser

Google Chrome

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Advanced
  • Site settings
  • Notifications
  • Block all specific pages


Mozilla Firefox

  • Launch Mozilla Firefox
  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Privacy and Security
  • Notifications
  • Settings...
  • Remove suspicious websites


Opera browser

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • Advanced
  • Content settings
  • Notifications
  • Block all specific pages



Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default


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