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Remove pop-up virus (Free Guide) - updated Jul 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.

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 samples
Popcash ads spark doubts whether they are related to the website with the same name

Escaping PUP adware

Questions about pop-up virus

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.

  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-up and related programs
    Here, look for pop-up 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-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.

  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-up 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'

Uninstall pop-up 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-up 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-up removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove pop-up virus 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-up should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete pop-up 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-up 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-up removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase pop-up 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-up 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-up removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate pop-up 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-up 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-up removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Gabriel E. Hall
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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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