What is Popcornew?
The Popcornew potentially unwanted program (PUP) infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) via a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.
Bundling allows developers to distribute their applications together with other software, and therefore, most users inadvertently install Popcornew during download of free software from freeware download websites. Popcornew claims to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying special deals/discounts available on shopping websites.
On initial inspection, this browser extension may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that Popcornew is categorized as adware, since it generates various intrusive online ads rather than the functionality promised. It is highly probable that clicking advertisements generated by Popcornew will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, this PUP continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various information, which is likely to be personally identifiable.
For example: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, operating system and browser types (including data: URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, cookies, history, etc.), and other similar details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft.
Most popular freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com employ small download programs (called 'download clients', 'installers', or 'download managers') to monetize their free services.
These programs offer installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate' browser extensions) together with the chosen free software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often leads to inadvertent installation of adware or malware such as Popcornew. This potentially unwanted program diminishes browser performance and delivers intrusive online ads. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate Popcornew from your Internet browsers.
Installation of Popcornew, or other similar PUPs, can be avoided by closely observing each step of the free software installation process and never accepting installation of any additional applications offered.
In addition, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Regular', 'Typical', or 'Quick' - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If you observe ads generated by Popcornew while surfing the Internet, follow these removal instructions to eliminate them from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in Popcornew adware distribution:
Popcornew adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by Popcornew'):
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- What is Popcornew?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Popcornew application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Popcornew ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Popcornew advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Popcornew from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PremierDownloadManager extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Popcornew adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Popcornew", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Popcornew ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Popcornew 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 "Boxore", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the popcornew adware, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Popcornew", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the popcornew adware, 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Popcornew".
Computer users who have problems with popcornew adware 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 popcornew adware, 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.
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