Popads.net redirect removal instructions
What is popads.net?
popads.net is a rogue website identical to smartoffer.site, adplexmedia.com, oclasrv.com, and many others. It redirects to various other dubious websites. Research shows that users often visit popads.net inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that typically infiltrate systems without permission. In addition to causing redirects, PUPs deliver advertisements, misuse system resources, and record system data.
Potentially unwanted programs randomly open new browser tabs/windows and redirect to popads.net. After visiting this site, users immediately encounter a number (usually 2 or 3) of successive redirects to other dubious sites. There is a high probability that these sites will contain malicious content. Therefore, visiting them may cause high-risk computer infections. As mentioned above, PUPs deliver various intrusive advertisements (e.g., coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.) that often overlay visited website content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, the ads can lead to malicious websites and/or even run scripts designed to download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, clicking these ads risks further computer infections. Some potentially unwanted programs mine cryptocurrency or perform other unwanted tasks in the background. By misusing system resources, PUPs significantly diminish overall system performance. Furthermore, potentially unwanted programs gather information that typically includes personal details. Developers sell the collected data to third parties. Thus, the presence of data-tracking apps might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you are advised to uninstall all PUPs immediately.
There are hundreds of potentially unwanted programs, all of which are virtually identical. Most offer various "useful features", however, claims to provide these features are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, potentially unwanted programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, they cause unwanted redirects (thereby promoting suspicious websites, most of which are fake search engines), deliver ads, run unwanted processes, and gather information, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did adware install on my computer?
To proliferate PUPs, developers typically use the aforementioned advertisements, and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, due to lack of knowledge and poor practice by many users, PUPs often infiltrate systems without permission. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" applications within the "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download or installation processes. Skipping download/installation steps and clicking various advertisements often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Pay close attention when browsing the Internet, and downloading/installing software. Criminals invest many resources into intrusive ad design. Therefore, most look legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to various dubious websites (e.g., pornography, adult dating, gambling, survey, so on so). If you encounter such ads, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications/browser extensions. Furthermore, closely analyze each window of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. We also recommend that you avoid using third party download/installation tools, since criminals monetize them by promoting rogue applications (the "bundling" method). Your desired software should be downloaded from official websites only and, preferably, using a direct download link.
Instant automatic removal of popads.net pop-up:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of popads.net pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is popads.net?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted programs, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes popads.net redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the popads.net pop-up, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the popads.net pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with popads.net pop-up removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove popads.net pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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