Pop-up “Virus” Removal

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“Waiting for,” “Transferring data from,” “Connected to” Every time these messages pop up in your browser’s status bar, you get redirected to questionable websites, aren’t you? Sadly, the news is bad. These redirects indicate that your computer harbors a parasite. Somewhere in the corners of your OS, an adware parasite lurks and causes trouble. Brace yourself! The intruder is a havoc-wreaking menace. It follows programming to drown you in a sea of advertisements. The adware inserts various banners on every website you visit. It also opens pop-ups and plays commercials. The parasite knows no boundaries. You will notice that even web pages that used to be ad-free get heavy on coupons and discounts. No ad-blocking tool is powerful enough to shield you from the ads. Random text turns into hyperlinks. Notifications urge you to “Approve” and “Add” questionable software. Dodgy websites load in new tabs. Click nothing! A parasite floods you with these ads. Everything “Powered by” is unreliable. These ads arise unwarranted expectations at best. At worst, they redirect traffic to deceptive and malicious websites. That’s the nature of the adware. It not only ruins your browsing experience but also threatens to lure you into online traps! Do not take unnecessary risks. There is no place for adware on your computer. Your best course of action is the immediate removal of the intruder. Delete the adware ASAP!


How did I get infected with?

The ads appear by courtesy of adware. As for the parasite, it invades your PC through trickery. The thing about adware is that this type of malware needs your, the user’s, approval. The parasite can’t get installed without your “Yes.” No permission, no admission. The adware is bound to seek your consent. Note, however, that having to ask is not the same as having to do so outright. The parasite steals your permission in the sneakiest way possible. It infects your PC when you “forget” to deny it access. This menace travels the web hidden in software bundles, fake updates, and pirated software. It usually gets installed as a bonus to third-party software. The good news is that you can prevent it from infecting your OS. All you have to do is to do your due diligence! Especially when you install apps. Forget about the “Next-Next-Finish” setup strategy. When available, use the advanced/custom option. Deselect all unwanted bonus software. And go through the terms and conditions before you agree to them. If you can’t read the whole document, scan it with an online EULA analyzer. Even a little extra attention can spare you an avalanche of problems. Opt out of the installation if you notice anything suspicious!

Why is this dangerous?

The adware behind the pop-ups is a complete and utter menace. It throws you into a whirlwind of ads. Whether you watch a video or browse your favorite website, the adware always finds a way to interrupt you with an advert of some kind. It displays banners, opens notifications, turns text into hyperlinks. Its numerous ads, of course, take a toll on your device. Your poor browser becomes sluggish and unresponsive. You face an avalanche of errors and crashes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The true corruption is noticeable only when you examine the ads closely. They are related to your online activities, aren’t they? That’s because you are under surveillance. The adware bases its ad selection on your online habits. Everything “Brought to you by” is based on your web searches, on the websites you visit, on the links you follow. The adware knows your every online step. Even the Incognito mode can’t hide you. The parasite knows everything! And when it gathers enough information, it proceeds to sell the data. Do you think that ends well? Some pieces of data, your search queries, for example, may leak confidential information. Don’t risk it! As soon as you become aware of the infection, take action. Find where the adware lurks and delete it upon detection!

How to Remove virus

The infection is specifically designed to make money to its creators one way or another. The specialists from various antivirus companies like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, Avast, ESET, etc. advise that there is no harmless virus.

If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.

STEP 1: Track down in the computer memory

STEP 2: Locate startup location

STEP 3: Delete traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

STEP 4: Undo the damage done by the virus

STEP 1: Track down in the computer memory

  • Open your Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
  • Carefully review all processes and stop the suspicious ones.


  • Write down the file location for later reference.

Step 2: Locate startup location

Reveal Hidden Files

  • Open any folder
  • Click on “Organize” button
  • Choose “Folder and Search Options”
  • Select the “View” tab
  • Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
  • Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
  • Click “Apply” and “OK” button

Clean virus from the windows registry

  • Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.


  • A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”


Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

  • and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]

delete backgroundcontainer

  • Then open your explorer and navigate to: %appdata% folder and delete the malicious executable.

Clean your HOSTS file to avoid unwanted browser redirection

Navigate to %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/host

If you are hacked, there will be foreign IPs addresses connected to you at the bottom. Take a look below:


STEP 3 : Clean traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

  • Open Google Chrome

  • In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
  • Remove the by clicking on the little recycle bin
  • Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind

disable from chrome

  • Open Mozilla Firefox

  • Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
  • Disable the unwanted Extension
  • Go to Help
  • Then Troubleshoot information
  • Click on Reset Firefox

remove from firefox

  • Open Internet Explorer

  • On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
  • Click on Internet options
  • go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
  • Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset

remove from ie

  • Restart Internet Explorer

Step 4: Undo the damage done by

This particular Virus may alter your DNS settings.

Attention! this can break your internet connection. Before you change your DNS settings to use Google Public DNS for, be sure to write down the current server addresses on a piece of paper.

To fix the damage done by the virus you need to do the following.

  • Click the Windows Start button to open the Start Menu, type control panel in the search box and select Control Panel in the results displayed above.
  • go to Network and Internet
  • then Network and Sharing Center
  • then Change Adapter Settings
  • Right-click on your active internet connection and click properties. Under the Networking tab, find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Left click on it and then click on properties. Both options should be automatic! By default it should be set to “Obtain an IP address automatically” and the second one to “Obtain DNS server address automatically!” If they are not just change them, however if you are part of a domain network you should contact your Domain Administrator to set these settings, otherwise the internet connection will break!!!

You must clean all your browser shortcuts as well. To do that you need to

  • Right click on the shortcut of your favorite browser and then select properties.


  • in the target field remove argument and then apply the changes.
  • Repeat that with the shortcuts of your other browsers.
  • Check your scheduled tasks to make sure the virus will not download itself again.

How to Permanently Remove Virus (automatic) Removal Guide

Please, have in mind that once you are infected with a single virus, it compromises your system and let all doors wide open for many other infections. To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.

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