Popmonetizer.com Ads Removal. How to stop pop-up?

Written by Valdis Koks

Popmonetizer.com search hijacker is a kind of virus that injects into your personal computer, and afterwards alters the browser search engine settings in your internet browser to one which it desires. It additionally makes different unpleasant modifications that may provoke personal information leakages, in addition to various other malware penetration. In this post, you will see the manual of Popmonetizer.com hijacker clearing in a couple of methods, and additionally the procedure of making your browser like new.

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Popmonetizer.com Info

Name Popmonetizer.com extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Popmonetizer.com hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Popmonetizer.com hijacker.

The ways of injection of Popmonetizer.com search hijackers are diverse. Many of them come from the malware dispersing with the malvertising or evil-minded web links of various web sites. In some cases, your system might be infected with this malware via the trojan-downloader, which is used to disperse numerous other malware. There is a solitary kind of this unwanted program – web browser plugin that may build right into any type of web browser which supports the add-on installation2.

You will not likely mount this plugin by yourself, because their names are quite suspicious, and also the usefulness is really questionable. The “creators” of Popmonetizer.com hijacker usually state that it can save the .doc/.docx files from the websites already to .pdf format, or to save the whole site on your disk. It is really difficult to imagine if somebody can be needed in such functions in 2022, when the Internet access is not time-limited and every computer has the ability to open the needed .docx files at Google Docs.

Nonetheless, besides their impracticality, they may effortlessly be found in the Chrome Web Store. Obviously, virus analysts sound the alarm about such spam into the legit source of browser extensions, requiring the Google reaction – eliminating these extensions from their site. However, they are still not hurrying to deal with that protection issue.

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Is the Popmonetizer.com virus?

At the first sight, you may assume that these redirects are just frustrating, but not risky. Due to this reason a lot of users are just playing for time as opposed to getting rid of this malware, obtaining much more possibilities of being contaminated with various other infections, which are a lot more harmful than Popmonetizer.com is.

Besides the altered browser search engine or search results, you can additionally see various promotions even on those internet sites that do not have any kind of ads on it by default. And you can easily misclick while turning off the advertisement, and initiate the downloading of an unfamiliar file, which may be a virus, or a potentially undesirable application, or even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your web browser is damaged as a result of the Azorult trojan activity, the system can start malfunctioning in a short time – this symptome is among the most usual in case of trojan penetration.

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How to remove Popmonetizer.com?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Popmonetizer.com virus infiltration. It is very simple to speak about the methods of shielding your PC from such irritating things as browser hijackers, but it is quite simple to be caught on this bait even being an experienced user. As it was pointed out above, this unwanted program may hide after the eye-catching (at the first sight) ad, or in packs with other adware you may get in dozens of methods. But regardless of the usual intricacy of the injection methods, it is extremely easy to avoid the Popmonetizer.com hijacker presence in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Popmonetizer.com.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • Make sure you have this manual tutorial constantly ready to make use of.
  • Carry out a backup of all of your data, consisting of the kept logins, passwords and also various other credentials. You should back up your information with a cloud back-up service and see to it your documents are safeguarded from any type of kind of loss, also from the most severe infections.
  • Wait till the durable backup process mores than.

Step 1: Uninstall Popmonetizer.com and related software from Windows

Here is a technique in few very easy steps that should be able to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Popmonetizer.com from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Popmonetizer.com on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Popmonetizer.com. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Popmonetizer.com with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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