How to Remove Malware Popups

By Tricia Goss

Popups are sometimes authentic warnings or error message. Other times, popups occur when information is required such as login names and passwords. However, the popups that are most aggravating are also the most damaging. These are the ones caused by malware on a computer. Malware, which is an abbreviated term meaning malicious software, is a program installed on a computer without the user's permission or knowledge. Malware is used to cause damage to a system and to collect information about the computer's user. Because of this, it should be removed as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Antispyware programAntivirus program

Step 1

Stop popups in Internet Explorer. Open a new IE window. Go to the "Tools" menu and select "Pop-up Blocker." Click "Turn On Pop-up Blocker."

Step 2

Stop popups in Firefox. Open a Firefox browser window and click "Tools." Select "Options," and then "Content." Click the checkbox next to "Block Pop-up Windows" and then click "OK."

Step 3

Update the computer's anti-spyware program and run a scan. If there is not one installed, download one immediately. Check the "Resources" section of this article for some free options. Update and run the computer's antivirus program as well.

Step 4

Make sure Windows is up to date. Updating Windows software regularly helps protect a computer from malware, spyware and viruses. Click "Windows Update" in the "Start" menu, or go to the Windows Update website and install any available updates.

Step 5

Restore the system to an earlier date. Windows System Restore can revert the computer's settings and data to a time and date prior to the malware infection. Find "Accessories" in the computer's "All Programs" list. Point to "System Tools" and select "System Restore."

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't download programs or attachments from unfamiliar sources. This is the most common source of malware infection.