Remove Popular123.com from browser
What is Popular123.com?
Also Known As: Popular123.com virus
Popular123.com is a browser hijacker that suddenly appears on your browser, if you carelessly install free software. If was attached to freeware that you downloaded from the Internet and you accidentally gave it permission to install. It will not harm your computer as it is a mere hijacker that aims to generate pay-per-click revenue for sponsored sites. It will, however, hijack your browsers and change settings.
Popular123.com will take over your browsers, be it Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, and make unwanted changes. You will find that Popular123.com has been set as your homepage and new tabs, and that you cannot undo the changes. You are stuck with this website until you remove Popular123.com from your system. The page itself is very basic and only has a search bar in the middle of the screen. The provided search engine generates results via Google, so it provides nothing new. It also gathers information about you. If, at any point, you provide your private details, Popular123.com will collect that information. Non-sensitive data will also be available to this hijacker. Browser hijackers sometimes sell that data to questionable third-party for advertisement purposes. While Popular123.com cannot manipulate search results, it could show you pop-up advertisements or perform random redirects that could lead you to malware. If you value your privacy and the well-being of your computer, we suggest you delete Popular123.com as soon as possible.
Usually, hijackers are pretty harmless, but there are cases when they can lead users to malicious websites. If you were to enter such a page, you might infect your computer with serious malware. And it would be a much more serious issue than a browser hijacker. You will not gain anything by allowing a browser hijacker to stay on your computer. Popular123.com was attached to free software in a way that allowed it to install along side it. This is not an unusual situation as many users find themselves with unwanted items for the same reason. You can prevent the unnecessary installations by deselecting the added items but that can only be done in Advanced (Custom) settings, and most users choose Default. Just uncheck the boxes of the added items and you can proceed to safely install the freeware. If you want to avoid the trouble of having to uninstall Popular123.com or similar from your computer, always choose Advanced.
STEP 1. Popular123.com removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
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Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for Popular123.com related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from Popular123.com reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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