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Remove Pop Bubbles (Easy Removal Guide)

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Description of Pop Bubbles virus

Pop Bubbles virus is not what you think. It is not a tool that could help you improve your browsing. According to PC security experts, it is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which is also known as adware. Technically, such programs cannot pose harm to any computer. However, we can promise you annoying pop-up ads in your search results that are labelled as Pop Bubbles ads. Keep in mind that adware-type programs seek to redirect people to are unpleasant applications that usually pretend to be useful computer tools while in reality their main purpose is to analyze user’s browsing habits and deliver targeted ads to the computer screen. Moreover, this particular type of software can be installed absolutely without user’s knowledge, however, still in a legitimate way. When it enters the computer system, it makes particular arrangements on it. It installs a browser extension on every Internet browser and then starts tracking whatever you do when browsing the Internet. It keeps tracking the websites you visit, search terms you use and collects other browsing related information, including your IP address, geolocation of your device and so on.

If Pop Bubbles removal is not initiated on time, based on this information, adware generates catchy-looking advertisements, including banner ads, pop-up ads, or in-text link ads. Usually, such ads include various “great shopping offers,” such as price comparisons, discount codes, coupons, and so on. Be careful, because not all of these ads are trustworthy. Some of them might have misleading hyperlinks added to them. Therefore, you might be redirected to a predetermined websites instead of visiting the website that provides the deal. Such Pop Bubble redirect is especially dangerous as you may find yourself on a malicious site seeking to infect you with malware.

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Questions about Pop Bubbles

According to our research, you can be forced to visit third-party websites that might be untrustworthy. Our records show that some third-party websites that are promoted via misleading adware ads typically appear unreliable. In some cases, they provide download links of questionable programs, for example, spyware, or even malware. We strongly recommend you to avoid visiting such websites if you want to keep your computer safe. What is more, it would be better to completely remove Pop Bubbles virus before it exposes you to some untrustworthy or risky content. You can eliminate this program with an anti-spyware software like Reimage, or manually.

How did Pop Bubbles hijack my PC?

According to our research, most adware and malware programs are spread via software bundling technique. It means you can end up with such dubious software in case you opt for Default/Standard installation settings when installing new programs (especially free ones) on your PC. The problem is, many free programs promote various third-party software, which can be untrustworthy. They automatically add pre-selected agreements to install such bonus software to Default/Standard installation option. To avoid installing unexpected additional programs alongside your preferred software, opt out the pre-selected authorizations via Advanced or Custom installation option.

If Pop Bubbles malware has already infiltrated your computer system, do not hesitate and remove it; otherwise, you will start to experience various interferences during browsing sessions, system slowdowns, and other inconveniences. Moreover, you might be exposed to content that looks innocuous at the first glance, but, in reality, is dangerous. We have already stated that you can uninstall Pop Bubbles using an automatic spyware removal tool, but if you prefer to take matters into your own hands, follow a manual Pop Bubbles removal guide that is provided below.

Possible Pop Bubbles removal options

Use the manual Pop Bubbles removal guide that is provided below the article to remove this bogus application from your PC. Make sure you accurately follow each step and do everything as instructed to eliminate it completely. In case you are an inexperienced computer user and you are not sure whether you will be able to remove this computer intruder on your own, we recommend you to employ an automatic spyware removal software to remove Pop Bubbles from your computer.

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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To remove Pop Bubbles, follow these steps:

Remove Pop Bubbles from Windows systems

  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 Pop Bubbles and related programs
    Here, look for Pop Bubbles 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'

Get rid of Pop Bubbles 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 Pop Bubbles 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'

Delete Pop Bubbles from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Pop Bubbles 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 Pop Bubbles removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Pop Bubbles 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, Pop Bubbles should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Pop Bubbles 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 Pop Bubbles 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 Pop Bubbles removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Pop Bubbles 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 Pop Bubbles 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 Pop Bubbles removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Pop Bubbles 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 Pop Bubbles 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 Pop Bubbles removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. maddeleine says:
    February 22nd, 2016 at 11:10 am

    These pop bubbles ads never helped my to save even a single penny. all it does just lags and crashes chrome browser!

  2. Steffi198 says:
    February 22nd, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I am stuck with these ads forever! I feel that I just cannot get rid of them!

  3. Haitii says:
    February 22nd, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I have just installed Spyhunter and currently testing my pc with it. It has already found 2 PUPs on my computer, including this one. Happy to see that SpyHunter actually works, and really well.

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