How to remove the AD&POP Block adware?

Also Known As: Ads by AD&POP Block
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

AD&POP Block adware removal instructions

What is AD&POP Block?

AD&POP Block is a piece of rogue software, promoted as an online advertisement blocker. According to its promotional material, this browser extension is supposedly capable of blocking ads from more than fifty thousand sources - particularly on Google results and YouTube videos. Additionally, the tool promises to increase website loading by thirty percent. However, AD&POP Block operates in opposition to what is advertised; it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns (i.e., delivers various adverts). Therefore, this software is classified as adware. Additionally, AD&POP Block spies on users' browsing habits. Due to the dubious techniques used to distribute adware-types, they are also deemed to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

Website promoting AD&POP Block adware

Adware enables the placement of third party graphical content - typically on any visited webpage. The delivered advertisements (e.g., pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc.) severely affect the browsing experience by limiting browsing speed and site visibility. Furthermore, these ads pose a threat to device and user safety. Since upon being clicked, the adverts redirect to unreliable/malicious websites and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).

Adware usually has data tracking abilities, and AD&POP Block is not an exception to this. It can record browsing activity (visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries) and collect sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). The collected data is highly likely to contain personally identifiable information. What is more, the gathered data is then monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted software can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins - must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AD&POP Block
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) AD&POP Block
Supposed Functionality Online advertisement blocking tool
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.
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Video SearchScreenshot Tool and EditorCheckEmailsQuicker, and Movie Finder are some examples of adware. It appears legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of "useful" features. However, the advertised functionalities are rarely operational. In fact, this is true of nearly all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers. Hence, not only is functionality and user safety irrelevant, but PUAs can also have a variety of heinous functions. This software can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and malicious sites, hijack browsers, and collect private information.

How did AD&POP Block install on my computer?

Select PUAs (e.g., AD&POP Block) have "official" promotional/download webpages. These applications can be downloaded/installed together with other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this deceptive marketing method - pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive adverts proliferate PUAs as well; once clicked on, they can execute scripts to download/install software without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to always research software products before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy download sources (e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third party downloaders) commonly offer harmful 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 ordinary and innocuous; however, they redirect to unreliable and dubious sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be checked and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with AD&POP Block, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of AD&POP Block adware asking to be permitted to track data:

AD&POP Block adware asking for permissions

Screenshot of another website used to promote AD&POP Block adware:

Another website promoting AD&POP Block adware

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Quick menu:

AD&POP Block adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

AD&POP Block adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "AD&POP Block", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes AD&POP Block ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove AD&POP Block adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing AD&POP Block  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "AD&POP Block", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing AD&POP Block ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by ad&pop block, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing AD&POP Block ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "AD&POP Block".

Removing AD&POP Block ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by ad&pop block removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by ad&pop block, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing AD&POP Block ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "AD&POP Block", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing AD&POP Block ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by ad&pop block, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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