What is Adware_pop.exe? And how does it function?
Adware_pop.exe is misleading pop-up message intended to trick users into believing that their computers are infected with a severe virus and that the only way to get rid of the said virus is by calling the given toll-free number of tech support. However, you must not fall into that trap as this alarming pop-up is actually a tech support scam and is not legitimate. Like all tech support scams, Adware_pop.exe is displayed on sites with malicious domains. When you get redirected into one, you will see a pop-up on your screen with a message saying:
“WARNING: Your System Might Be Infected! Call Toll-Free:[phone number]
Your system might be infected with the adware_pop.exe computer virus. As such, your internet banking information could have been stolen. Access to the internet has been blocked to protect your information until you fix the issue.
You are strongly advised to call the certified Tech Support office at [phone number] now for IMMEDIATE assistance. Your Hard drive will be DELETED if you close this page. You have virus infection! Please call Microsoft Support Now!”
As mentioned, this alert is only meant to scare you and get you to call the given fake tech support number. And calling this number is certainly something you should not do as the crooks behind the line will only tricked you into paying for an unnecessary service or worse get you to install a suspicious program as well as grant them remote access to your computer. So the instant you see this fake alert on your screen, you have to close the tab of the browser where you see it. And if you find it hard to do so, you have to close the browser altogether and if you still find it hard to close the browser, just go to the Task Manager and end the browser’s process.
You can get redirected to this kind of alert when you click on misleading ads or when there is an ad-supported program installed in your computer. So if it’s the latter, closing the browser won’t help you get rid of the tech support scam. You have to get to the root cause of the scam alert which is the adware in your computer. Aside from displaying this scam, your online activities are also monitored by this adware so it can collect information like your browsing history, websites you frequently visit, search queries and so on. If you want to browse the web peacefully and without this nuisance, you must erase Adware_pop.exe from your computer as well as the adware behind it.
How does Adware_pop.exe circulate the web?
Like pointed out, Adware_pop.exe circulates the web using adware programs and this kind of program is often distributed in free sharing sites as a part of a software bundle. Thus, you have to be extra careful when installing any software bundle and use the Advanced or Custom setup every time you install one.
To erase Adware_pop.exe scam from your computer, follow the given steps below.
Step 1: If the browser displaying the Adware_pop.exe bogus alert is forced into full screen mode, tap F11 to exit your browser.
Step 2: After that, try to close the browser manually. If you find it hard to do so, close the browser through the Task Manager.
Step 3: Tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Task Manager.
Step 4: Once you’ve pulled up the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for the affected browser’s process and end it by clicking End Task or End Process.
Step 5: Close the Task Manager and tap the Win + R keys to open Run and then type in appwiz.cpl to open Control Panel to uninstall the adware program behind the fake alert.
Step 6: Look for the adware program or any unfamiliar program under the list of installed programs and once you’ve found it, uninstall it.
Step 7: Close the Control Panel and tap the Win + E keys to open File Explorer.
Step 8: Navigate to the following directories and look for the adware installer like the software bundle it came with as well as other suspicious files and delete them.
Step 9: Close the File Explorer and empty your Recycle Bin.
Step 10: Reset all your browsers to default.
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Tap Alt + T and select Internet options.
- Click the General tab and then overwrite the URL under the homepage section.
- Click OK to save the changes.
- Now switch to the Advanced tab and click the Reset button.
- Then check the box for “Delete personal settings” and then click Reset again.
- Launch Google Chrome, press Alt + F, move to More tools, and click Extensions.
- Look for any unwanted add-ons, click the Recycle Bin button, and choose Remove.
- Restart Google Chrome, then tap Alt + F, and select Settings.
- Navigate to the On Startup section at the bottom.
- Click on Advanced.
- After that, click the Reset button to reset Google Chrome.
- Open the browser and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
- Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
- Select Options and then move to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section.
- Tap Alt + H to access Help.
- Next, select “Troubleshooting information” and click “Refresh Firefox” at the top of the page.
- Now click “Refresh Firefox” again to confirm the reset.
To make sure that you’ve successfully gotten rid of Adware_pop.exe scam as well as the adware program behind it, you need to use an efficient program like [product-name]. To use it, follow the advanced steps below:
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.