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Remove (Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware – a pairing service that can cause annoying popups after selecting it for video streaming virus

Questions about is a service helping Kodi users to pair their device with the to stream video, music, and other content on Android, Windows, and other operating systems. Kodi is an open-source media player software that was initially released in 2002 and gained the popularity ever since. To stream content through the app, users have to use a third-party source, and one of them is, which is quite popular among users. They need to visit the website, validate their IP address and then can stream for up to 4 hours. This is done for one, and only reason – developers want to monetize of the ads which are filling the pairing page. The side effect for users caused by virus is numerous ads and redirects to unfamiliar sites, such as or However, most importantly, security researches discovered that the website is used for crypto-jacking[1] while users watch videos, making the service even more dangerous.

Type Adware
Main dangers Dubious redirect can lead to malware-laden sites
Symptoms Excessive and unsafe advertisement
Removal To eliminate pop-ups, use anti-malware software or check our instructions below
Optimization We also recommend scanning your machine with Reimage after cleaning it to fix the damage done if any infection was present

By itself, the service is not dangerous, although some users might refer to it “ virus” due to excessive and unsafe advertisement practices. The annoying ads and redirects on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari can be stopped by merely leaving the site. However, many users still prefer using the service for a free service that allows multimedia streaming.

Those of you who are tempted by the service should keep in mind that pop-up ads will be bombarding their browsers as long as they are using it. Furthermore, those who click on the content (purposely or accidentally) might install dangerous software on their device. In such a case, removal should be performed using sophisticated anti-malware software.

However, some malware does not show any signs or symptoms, as it enters machines using software vulnerabilities[2] or with the help of phishing campaigns induced by criminals. Thus, it is best to use security software with real-time protection function active at all times. Additionally, it might also prevent the dangerous notifications that can lead to drive-by download sites.

Since the dodgy service uses your IP address to pair the device, multiple other platforms, like tablets and phones can be affected by spam as well. Ads, banners, offers, deals, hyperlinks, auto-play videos and other junk will fill your browsers. Even accidental clicks can result in adware, browser hijacker or other PUP infiltration. Therefore, you should remove activity from Chrome and other web browsers.

If you have been using the service for a while and your browser redirected you to multiple suspicious websites, we highly advise scanning your machine using Reimage. PC repair software can bring all the settings corrupted by unwanted applications back to normal. pop-up ads is a pairing service for Kodi application, which itself was related to several malware attacks.

Ways adware travels in cyberspace

Adware is an annoying type of infection that can infiltrate computers of even computer-savvy individuals. However, there is a way to decrease the chance of infection by simply following these simple tips from experts:[3]

  • Employ anti-malware software;
  • Update all software on your PC as soon as patches are released;
  • Do not click on suspicious adverts;
  • Do not click on content in questionable sites;
  • Refrain yourself from visiting file-sharing websites;
  • Do not download cracked software;
  • Use reputable sources for your software downloads;
  • Always pick Advanced or Custom installation method during freeware and shareware installation.

Be aware that free streaming sitesalways try to gain revenue (often in shady ways). However, while one party is gaining benefit, the other one might suffer significant losses, including OS malfunction due to cyber infections or loss of personal data.

Remove ads virus from your PC

The difficulty of removal from your browser depends on many things. If your machine has not been injected with dubious applications, it is wise to leave the website and never visit it again. However, if you are one of those users who clicks on anything and anywhere, it is time to perform a full system scan to make sure that there is no adware hiding on the system. The second tip would be to reset Chrome, Firefox, and remaining web browsers.

If you are not sure if your machine is infected with a nasty PUP, you can also check the Control Panel (Windows), Finder (macOS) or Apps & Notifications (Android) for suspicious apps that were installed without your permission. Make sure you get rid of them without any regrets. Down below you will see detailed instructions on how to remove virus from your Windows and Mac device. If you have been dealing with unwanted popups on Android, follow this guide:

  1. Go to Settings app on your device;
  2. Go to Apps & notifications;
  3. Tap all apps you cannot remember downloading or seem suspicious and click Uninstall;
  4. If youcan't see any apps, click See all apps or App info at first.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Combo Cleaner.

To remove, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

To eliminate pop-up ads, from Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Erase from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate from Internet Explorer (IE)

Make sure you reset IE after the PUP is eliminated:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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