Saturday, 29 June 2013

Remove, removal instructions

Have you ever been minding your own business, casually browsing the web and then clicked on an interesting advert or link and suddenly found that you’ve: been bombarded with a whole bunch of pop-up windows that appear on your screen or been redirected by your browser to a rash of dubious looking websites, for example fake Flash Player update, then your computer is infected with adware and potentially unwanted software. Adware in particular is simply annoying but the problems start when it is bundled with spyware – which it so often is – and then it becomes more than a pain in the behind and can actually pose a serious security threat to your computer’s system and your data. appears frequently for no apparent reason. It'll suddenly appear whenever you click a link and then redirect you to misleading websites.

As you may already know adware’s main purpose is to display advertising on your computer. In the majority of cases these adverts will take the format of pop-up windows, banners, flash advertisements and links to other websites. Whilst it is true that some of these adverts are for genuine and legitimate products many of them are for rather more unsavory websites which are promoting questionable weight loss methods or fake software installers. usually comes along with either adware or potentially unwanted software. Furthermore, it is often installed alongside another program you've downloaded and whilst that software normally comes with an end user license agreement (EULA) which purports to ‘warn’ you of that fact, it is normally hidden away in the endless wording of the agreement or worded very ambiguously. Generally speaking this adware is packaged with freeware that you download from the internet and although some users see it as a fair deal (you get free software, they get to cover their programming costs by monitoring your browsing habits) many other people find it underhand and intrusive. The rule of thumb here: if you are bothered about adware being installed on your PC read the EULA carefully, as tempting as it might be to scroll straight to the bottom and click ‘OK’. Very often, these pop ups are caused by unwanted or even malicous web browser extensions. This is the reason why most users can't find the culprit. might be used to monitor your browsing habits and then use that information to compile a profile on you. This enables them to show you more tailored made and focused advertising content. Whilst you may not be too concerned about this and see it as simply internet marketing, albeit a slightly annoying one, it is worth remembering that this is actually an invasion of your computer’s system and your privacy.

Other unwanted software finds its way onto your computer while you’re browsing the web. They do this by sneakily getting you to actually activate the download yourself by clicking on a pop up window or a fake dialog box. One of these pop ups might contain a so called urgent message or it might offer you a free gift if you click on it. It may also tell you that to be able to view a certain web page you need to download some software. These windows usually give you a "yes" or "no" choice but both options will trigger adware or spyware if clicked on. If faced with a pop up window that looks dubious or is offering something awesome, ensure that you close it using the small red ‘x’ in the top right hand corner.

The likelihood of you winning $5000 just by clicking on a pop up ad is highly unlikely so if something seems too good to be true – it probably is.

To stop pop ups and remove related adware from your computer, please follow the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this adware infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this adware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Remove related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • SingAlong
  • FindLyrics
  • LessTabs
  • DefaultTab
  • Webcake
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove the following extensions:

Remove pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to the following extensions. If you can't find the Remove button, then simply click on the Disable button.

Remove pop-ups from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.

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