PopBlock+ adware removal instructions
What is PopBlock+?
PopBlock+ (also known as PBlock+) is a piece of rogue software, classified as adware. It is endorsed as a tool capable of blocking pop-ups displayed by websites. However, following successful installation, PopBlock+ runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it delivers various questionable and harmful ads. Additionally, this adware has data tracking abilities, which are used to spy on users' browsing abilities. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute PopBlock+, it is deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) as well.
Adware operates by enabling the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page and other intrusive advertisements - typically, on any visited website. These adverts seriously diminish the browsing activity. Since they overlay page content and slow down the browsing activity. Aside from being a nuisance, intrusive advertisements also pose a significant threat to device and user safety. Once the ads are clicked on, they redirect to sale-oriented/promotional, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. Furthermore, some intrusive adverts can be triggered (by being clicked on) to execute scripts, designed to download/install software without user permission. PUAs are a prime example of software infiltrated into systems in this manners. Unwanted applications can have varied abilities and they can be in different combinations. Some types of PUAs can force-open unreliable and malicious webpages. Another type called browser hijackers make modifications to browser settings and restrict/deny access to them - in order to promote fake search engines. What is more, most PUAs have data tracking abilities and PopBlock+ is not an exception to this. It can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, paged viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is highly likely to contain personally identifiable information. PUA developers monetize this information by sharing it with and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated without delay.
|Name||Ads by PopBlock+|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Supposed Functionality||Removal of pop-ups displayed by websites|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
The Rocket Arcade, OneUpdater, Media Converter Pro Promos and PotPlayer are some examples of other software within the adware classification. It appears legitimate and offers a broad range of "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities. However, despite how good the promised features may sound - they are rarely operational. In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. The only goal of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers; to users - they have no real value and can instead cause serious problems. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers and collect private data.
How did PopBlock+ install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g. PopBlock+) have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. These applications are also distributed via download/installation setups of other software. This deceptive marketing method of packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users risk inadvertently allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive adverts proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - are considered to be untrustworthy, due to commonly offering deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate and harmless, however they redirect to questionable pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, users must inspect their devices and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins from them. If your computer is already infected with PopBlock+, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
PopBlock+ adware asking for various permissions:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is PopBlock+?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PopBlock+ application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PopBlock+ adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PopBlock+ ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by PopBlock+' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PopBlock+ extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PopBlock+ adware removal:
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 "PopBlock+", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes PopBlock+ ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PopBlock+ 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 "PopBlock+", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by popblock+, 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 "PopBlock+", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by popblock+, 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 plugins 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 "PopBlock+".
Computer users who have problems with ads by popblock+ 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by popblock+, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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 ads by popblock+ from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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