You might have noticed that after using your computer for a while you start getting alot of annoying advertisements on your computer. This is very common problem that we all get and these popups are quite annoying and disturbing that we want to get rid of them as soon as we can. However traditional means of enabling pop up blocker form browser is ineffective.
Here in this guide we have made list of several reasons why you get popups on your computer and how you can get rid of them.
Most common reasons of popups are:
- Browser extensions
- Malware infections
- Browser Hijackers
- Popups can be legit popups
How browser extensions cause popups in computer, and how to block pop ups
There are several browser extensions and add-ons that although providing a good use of them send popups on computer. Many browser extensions are just bogus and we don not need them, however they came bundled with some software that we installed in computer. These browser extensions earn money by showing ads on computers in form of popups. These pop ups can be annoying and disturbing and we would like to get rid of them.
In order to get rid of popups getting generated from browser extensions you have to uninstall browser extension form your browsers.
Follow these steps to remove extensions from your browser.
- Go to settings of browser(options may vary on chrome firefox and edge however you have to access settings page)
- Click on extensions on the left
- Chose extensions you don’t want and remove them, and this should block popups to appear on your computer.
Popups Caused by malware infections and how to block such pop ups
Malware infections are the most common means of popups in computer, usually these popups are hard to get rid of, and when you get rid of one popup Windows the other popup window will open. Mostly these pop ups are with a lot of deceptive text and images to scare the computer user and stop them to close the window, however these popups can still be blocked and removed by following correct troubleshooting steps, however in some cases you might have to perform advanced troubleshooting, we will only cover basic and easy to follow steps in this guide, as a normal user advanced steps may cause more harm than good if followed incorrectly.
Steps to remove popups caused by malware:
In order to get rid of malware popups, we first have to remove malware causing it. To remove malware from computer follow our guide on malware removal.
Once you have successfully removed malware from your computer, you have to clear browsing history, cookies and cache. These steps are common for google chrome, firefox and Microsoft Edge.
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete on keyboard
- This will open a window, asking you what you like to delete, select appropriate choices and click clean
Pop ups and redirects caused by Browser Hijacks
Browser hijack is another type of malware that renders browsers unusable, however following same steps as getting rid of malware will help you get rid of popups and browser hijackers.
Can pop ups be legit?
Yes, popups can be legit, however no legit popup will be difficult to remove, example of legit popups is when you are shopping and shopping website sends you an offer or deal. Make sure you check the url of popup before falling for it. However many websites, use popups in legit way to advertise, provide services etc.