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Remove Popunderclick virus (Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2016

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Where do Popunderclick ads come from?

The appearance of Popunderclick ads can be a painful experience because each of your search sessions is filled with commercial notifications that are seeking to redirect you to sponsored websites. Besides, adware-type application (extension, add-on, toolbar, etc.) which is hiding behind these ads can also track your online activities for getting more knowledge about ads that attract you. Unfortunately, but there is no guarantee that this non-personal information, which is usually collected by Popunderclick virus, won’t be shared with third parties. Typically, it is used for building specific networks for marketing campaigns and similar aims, so be careful with programs that are capable of tracking you! It seems that the most affected web browser is Google Chrome, so it might take some patience to get rid of the adware from this browser. To block user from eliminating it by resetting the affected web browser, this adware spreads together with browser helper objects (BHOs) and similar components. They can be used for reinstalling this malware and launching it during the next browsing session, so you need to use automatic removal for removal.

Questions about Popunderclick virus

The most important thing that should encourage you to take care of it is that it is created with a sole intention of advertising third-party content via sponsored ads and links which may suddenly appear on the browser underlying your visited websites and pages. It is natural that creators need to promote their products and are looking for the most effective techniques to do it, unfortunately, is not the most conscientious advertiser to choose for this purpose. This program chooses shady techniques to get into the computers, employ intrusive strategies to advertise the predetermined content and may as well have some questionable parties in its circle of affiliates. Thus, we warn you to be careful about using this risky program and evaluate whether you really want to sacrifice your peaceful browsing for a couple of most likely worthless online offers. Do not hesitate to remove Popunderclick from your computer if you did not install it in the first place. It only takes up your computer’s space, after all. We suggest eliminating the infection using trustworthy antivirus software, for instance Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

An illustration of the Popunderclick ads

Wondering how can you recognize if your computer has been affected with this adware? Luckily, Popunderclick hijack is quite obvious. Apart from the suspicious, unfamiliar processes that you might notice running in your task manager, you will see banners, pop-up ads, video advertisements and similar content all over your visited websites. This content might be marked by particular slogans such as “Ads by” or “Powered by” which will help you identify the infection. The unexpected appearance of the additional content such as new toolbars, add-ons, extensions on your browser might also be linked to this adware. As we have already mentioned, this program uses browser helper objects to spy on its users and shares this information with its developers to make its sponsored ads more effective. This way, adware creators learn more about the market demand and concrete interests of a specific user and can generate more appealing ads based on this. It also suggests that keeping this program installed on the computer is highly unadvisable because the potential privacy violations are just around the corner. It is better to take care of the Popunderclick removal before more of your information becomes exposed to the greedy advertisers.

Do you know how to prevent adware infection?

Most adware infections occur when the users are poorly informed about the ways malicious software creators use to distribute their products. Popunderclick as well as thousands of similar programs are often pinned to the software bundles and stealthily install on the computers. Thus, rushing through the installation process may cost you the freedom of choosing what software you really want to allow on your PC. Also remember that “Quick” or “Recommended” settings do not give you the opportunity to inspect the software bundles and allow all the included software to install in one go. We highly advise sparing some time to install software via “Advanced” or “Custom” modes which guide you through all of the installation steps and give you the opportunity to opt-out undesirable content.

How to remove Popunderclick?

Adware which hides behind Popunderclick problem is a potentially unwanted program. However, those who have already been affected by it will agree that it is a nasty infection that uses various techniques for preventing its removal. However, don’t even think that you can’t beat it! This process requires using a professional antivirus tool that needs to be updated before running the scan. Check whether your software is updated to its latest version or not and get its latest version for detecting each of potential threats. Unfortunately, but we can’t name adware-type programs that are hiding behind these commercial ads, so using a scanner is the easiest way to perform Popunderclick removal on your computer. After the latest researches, we can only say that Delta Toolbar, Trovi, WebCake, Sweet-Page and CouponBuddy MAY be related to this problem. To fix it manually, make sure you uninstall each of these PUPs.

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To remove Popunderclick virus, follow these steps:

Remove Popunderclick from Windows systems

To remove Popunderclick from your computer manually, you need to uninstall every add-on and extension which is considered malicious. At this moment, we recommend uninstalling CouponBuddy, Trovi-related entries, Delta Homes and Delta Search, Sweet-Page Toolbar, WebCake, and similar extensions that you are not sure about.

  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 Popunderclick and related programs
    Here, look for Popunderclick 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 Popunderclick from Mac OS X system

If your Mac OS X is infected with ads-causing adware, you need to find it. The appearance of these advertisements is the main sign that you need to uninstall suspicious apps, such as CouponBuddy, Trovi-related entries, Delta Homes and Delta Search, Sweet-Page Toolbar, WebCake.

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

Eliminate Popunderclick 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, Popunderclick should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Popunderclick 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 Popunderclick 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 Popunderclick removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Popunderclick 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 Popunderclick 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 Popunderclick removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. Lisa says:
    August 23rd, 2016 at 9:23 am

    It just can get more annoying when you try clicking something and you accidentally click on a pop up! Uhhhg

  2. Connor says:
    August 23rd, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I dont even know where to begin getting rid of this virus…

  3. Hang Sui says:
    August 23rd, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Popunderclick is pathetic. Delete it right away

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