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Remove PBlock+ (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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PBlock+ is a fake ad-blocker that inserts intrusive ads into your web browsing routine

PBlock+PBlock+ is a potentially unwanted program that might show up on your browser without asking for a permission

PBlock+ is advertised as a Google Chrome add-on that is capable of stopping popups and other ads showing up on the web browser. However, instead of providing useful functionality, it fails to deliver what it promised and instead redirects users to potentially dangerous websites that include scan and phishing content. As a result, users might be tricked into paying fake tech support fees or install malicious programs on their computers.

The so-called PBlock+ virus belongs to the adware (a type of a potentially unwanted program) category. These apps typically spread using deceptive methods and change the settings of the web browser in order to deliver popups, banners, deals, offers, and other commercial content to users. In the background, these apps usually collect data about user online activity to serve targeted ads and benefit financially even more.

Name PBlock+ 
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program
Alleged functionality Blocks popups and other ads on all websites 
Distribution The extension can be downloaded from its official website or through software bundle packages acquired from third-party sources
Symptoms An extension installed on the web browser; redirects bring to suspicious websites, such as tech support scam or malicious program download sites; intrusive ads show up at any time during web browsing sessions
Dangers Redirects to malicious websites can result in unwanted site notifications, personal information disclosure to unknown parties, financial losses, installation of other potentially unwanted programs or malware
Elimination To get rid of unwanted apps manually, you can follow our removal guide below. If the unwanted ads and other disruptive behavior does not stop, you should scan your computer with security software and delete all threats automatically
Further steps Malware or adware can significantly diminish the performance of your computer or cause serious stability issues due to system file damage. Use ReimageIntego to remediate your device and ensure that the virus damage is fixed

Ad-blocking extensions are extremely valuable to users from many standpoints – they prevent intrusive ads from showing up on all visited websites, improving the web browsing experience in the process. Besides, these browser additions are excellent tools in protecting users from JavaScript malware that could be installed automatically if the browser suffers from software vulnerabilities.[1]

However, not all ad-blockers are trustworthy. Previously, we saw Nano adblocker going rogue due to an unsuccessful sales deal; we also observed Adblocker For YouTube suddenly engaging in unexpected browser redirects to potentially malicious websites. Finally, fake versions of reputable apps such as AdBlock Plus were observed in the wild.[2] Unfortunately, PBlock+ is yet another software you should never trust.

While PBlock+ has an official website popblockplus[.]com, it does not seem that the extension can be installed through it. Instead, users are presented with the following deceptive message:

popblockplus[.]com says

You are protected. All suspicious Pop-Ups will be blocked.

PopBlock+ successfully  activated. You may close this window.

Nonetheless, most users see the app installed on their systems after installing freeware programs downloaded from third-party websites. This happens due to software bundling, a well-known technique used to distribute adware and other PUPs. Since people install the extension unintentionally, they might not even know where the ads are coming from and that the only way to stop them is by performing a PBlock+ removal.

PBlock+ adwarePBlock+ is an adware app that claims to block ads, but instead redirects users to potentially dangerous websites

There are more reasons besides ads and redirects for you to remove PBlock+ from your browser – it is data tracking. Adware programs typically employ web beacons, JavaScript, cookies, and other tracking technologies to spy on users' online behavior (typically, the collected details include technical device information, IP address, ISP, visited websites, clicked links, etc.).

Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the more likely you are to encounter malicious websites. Luckily, you can uninstall PBlock+ without too much effort – all you have to do is access the settings section of your web browser. After you delete the extension, experts[3] also recommend performing system scans with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner to ensure that no malware is present and then perform further checks with ReimageIntego for best results.

Pick reliable programs for ad-blocking and prevent stealthy installation of adware

As previously mentioned, ad-blockers can be extremely useful for users, although it is important to note that they also have downfalls. For example, by not allowing ads, you deny the ability for website creators to monetize, and that might be the only income of the content creators. Besides, some sites might completely break due to the inability to load certain scripts that these apps stop.

Nonetheless, the security research community advises users to employ ad-blocking applications for security reasons. However, it is important to choose the one that does the job well and does not engage in malicious ads or redirects. There are plenty of good options available, so we recommend reading some user reviews when deciding which extension suits you the best.

It is also advisable to avoid hasty installations of freeware programs, especially when downloaded from less-known websites. Distributors often compile several programs into a single bundle, resulting in unintentional infiltration of PUPs. To avoid them, always choose Advanced/Custom options instead of Recommended/Quick ones to stay in control of the installation process. Also, watch out for misplaced buttons, fine print text, and pre-ticked checkboxes.

Delete PBlock+ via your browser settings

It should not be too difficult for you to remove PBlock+ virus – all you have to do is access your web browser settings, just like you do with other extensions. If you are using a different browser such as Mozilla Firefox or MS Edge, you can check the instructions below on how to eliminate add-ons from them below.

PBlock+ virus uninstallYou can uninstall PBlock+ by accessing your web browser settings

As soon as PBlock+ removal is complete, you will no longer see the unwanted ads, redirects, and other disturbances during your browsing sessions. However, if the unwanted activity does not stop, it might indicate that another potentially unwanted application is installed on your system. You can either delete such apps manually or employ powerful anti-virus software that is capable of detecting PUPs. Besides, anti-malware is overall important for your online safety and computer security, so make sure there is one running at all times.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove PBlock+, follow these steps:

Delete PBlock+ from Windows systems

If you want to uninstall programs from Windows systems, please proceed with the following steps:

To remove PBlock+ from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to PBlock+ (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate PBlock+ from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove PBlock+ from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for PBlock+-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove PBlock+, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to PBlock+ and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the PBlock+-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase PBlock+ from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for PBlock+ and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete PBlock+ removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of PBlock+ from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the PBlock+-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove PBlock+ from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If a system scan with security software showed some infections, we recommend resetting Mozilla Firefox to delete all the PUP leftovers:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to PBlock+ and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case PBlock+ did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete PBlock+ removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall PBlock+ from Google Chrome

To delete PBlock+ extension from Chrome, access browser's settings panel:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to PBlock+ by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the PBlock+-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete PBlock+ removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete PBlock+ from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to PBlock+ and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

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