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Remove pop-up virus (Free Guide) - updated Sep 2020

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - -   Also known as Popcash | Type: Adware

Popcash Ads Keep Plaguing Users' Browsers

Popcash ads keep bothering users

Popcash virus works as the adware program assaulting users with diverse commercial offers and ads. Since it functions via web scripts, it complicates its detection. Nonetheless, a proper anti-malware tool can find it and remove Popcash adware, which bombards users  with excessive advertising.  

These ads come from ad network. You might discover that some of these ads are misleading and point to insecure Internet sites[1]. Such sites can be filled with fraudulent content, such as links leading to harmful websites or downloads that can pose a threat to your computer.

It is better to avoid clicking on these ads if you wish to protect your PC from redirects that might direct you to dangerous content online. It goes without saying that you should remove Popcash as soon as you notice these ads. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes accelerates the elimination process.

There is no surprise why people fall for Popcash ads. The most of them are filled with commercial offers, software updates, offers to participate in various online surveys, and so on. No matter what kind of ad you have just received, you should ignore it.

Clicking on such notifications can pose a high-risk of potentially unwanted or even malicious program infiltration. In most of the cases, pop-up virus delivers questionable alerts that, usually, report about missing Java, Flash Player[2], Media Player, Adobe Reader, download manager, web browser, or any other popular software updates.

Unfortunately, but they are fake and can install suspicious programs, such as adware or browser hijackers, on your computer. But have you noticed how catchy some of these ads look? The reason why these ads seem so tempting is that they are based on user's interests, search and browsing history, downloads, search queries, and similar information.

Questions about pop-up virus

Such data is considered personally non-identifiable, so this potentially unwanted program (PUP) can collect it legally. However, data such as your search queries can contain some personally identifiable details, and we bet that you do not want to reveal them to some untrustworthy ad-supported program and possibly its affiliates.  The image of some Popcash ads samplesPopcash ads spark doubts whether they are related to the website with the same name

Escaping PUP adware

It's not surprising that people are constantly reporting about adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs on a daily basis. They  spread along with freeware and shareware, such as download managers, PDF creators, media players, etc. that are downloaded by thousands of people on a daily basis.

The main problem why Popcash malware and similar programs manage to get inside computers is inattentive installation. As we know, people tend to select Quick installation option and accelerate the process by constantly clicking the 'next' button. However, they seldom read long lines of the installation check boxes and inadvertently accept to install additional components that their selected freewares are filled with.

Consequently, they start experiencing annoying ads, redirects to suspicious or even unsafe websites, loss of non-personal information, and so on.

Probably you already know what you have to do to avoid computer infections, such as Popcash pop-up virus. You have to follow these steps:

  • Select Advanced or Custom installation option whenever you are installing freeware;
  • Read every notification carefully, which is said about a program you want to install;
  • Deselect ticks that may be marked next to 'optional downloads', such as add-ons, plug-ins[3], toolbars, and extensions.

If you suspect that you have already become a victim of Popcash hijack, do not waste your time and check removal guide below.

Guidelines to eradicate Popcash browser threat

The discussed ads should never be trusted because they promote fake updates that, in reality, are useless programs. If you don't want to download another adware-type application, a browser hijacker, and similar PUP to your computer, you should stay away from them.

The easiest way to get rid of the problem is to eliminate its cause. In this case, you have to remove Popcash virus. Unfortunately, but we cannot give you an exact name of the program that is causing these ads on your computer, because there are more than one adware program that delivers Popcash ads to victims.

To avoid removing needed system components and fully fixing your computer, you should either run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware or follow manual Popcash removal guidelines that are given below. If after completing these steps you still get these ads, then we recommend to opt for automatic removal method.

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To remove pop-up virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate pop-up from Windows systems

IMPORTANT. Look through instructions provided below, and check particular folders for files related to Popcash. It is recommended to remove all suspicious applications and browser components that you cannot remember installing or adding to your system.

To remove pop-up 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 pop-up (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.

Get rid of pop-up from Mac OS X system

NOTE. Delete all suspicious apps and browser add-ons that look unfamiliar to you. If you cannot remember installing certain programs or browser components or if they are not files that initially belong to the system or web browsers, get rid of them.

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

Remove pop-up from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for pop-up-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 pop-up, 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 pop-up and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the pop-up-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall pop-up 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 pop-up 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,
  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 pop-up removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove pop-up virus 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 pop-up-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

Delete pop-up from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 pop-up 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 pop-up 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 pop-up removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase pop-up from Google Chrome

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 pop-up 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 pop-up-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 pop-up removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate pop-up 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 pop-up 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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Michael_ says:
    December 9th, 2015 at 8:03 am

    This virus has been bothering me for ages! Thank you for dedicating some time to write this guide. It fixed my computer and removed virus.

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