Get Rid of PCKeeper Pop-up Ads with Manual Removal Method

PCKeeper, as its name indicates, is a piece of application that serves to ward off infections and optimize PC performance. As what has been introduced on some downloading sites, PCKeeper “is a bundle of 15 must-have tools and human assistance services”. Yet, it doesn’t win much from PC users, some would say that PCKeeper promises much and ends up doing so little; what’s worse, it triggers pop-up ads. Such ads have been largely on some reputable web sites including YouTube.

Symptoms of Getting PCKeeper Pop-up Ads

  1. In-text messages are underlined with hyperlinks directing to some other commercial ends.
  2. PCKeeper pop-up ads increase in frequency that would cover up some information on the intended site.
  3. It takes longer to load a web page.
  4. Freezes happen on browsers as well as computer occasionally.
  5. Pop-up Blocker will not be able to stop PCKeeper ads from popping up.
  6. No extension shows evident relations to PCKeeper ads.

 

Why PCKeeper Pops up Ads?

Usually there are two major objectives to advertise, one is for promotion that other is extra income. To pop up its ads on reputable sites that have thousands of hundreds of visitors, PCKeeper manages to get high exposure rate and gain access to as many PC users as possible. With its attractive promise and slogans, the application is capable of making many PC users to download and use it. It should be widely advised that clicking on ads will help operators to make money as PPC has long been widely popularized in the Internet world. This is also the reason why there are more and more ads intruding into our daily life. The more clicks are made on PCKeeper ads, the more money its operator will get.

If PCKeeper and Its Ads Safe?

UPDATE (12/09/14): For detailed uninstall instructions, please read up this how-to entry.

Senior technicians from a recommended PC Technology Support Center would say that PCKeeper ads if potentially dangerous while the application itself is safe.

Ads and all items coming in as a web form would inevitably involve technologies like BHO, Applet, ActiveX and JavaScript. Once being captured and utilized by cankered virus, BHO technology will preload vicious codes into a machine when any such access is made; Applet and ActiveX will assist in modifying DNS settings to ensure persisting pop ups and JS will be used to track down victims’ online whereabouts and record the input information for confidential information such as log-in credentials and back account.

In fact, it is quite easy for PCKeeper ads to be captured by infections injected on the Internet. Backdoor program is written to the ad so that its operator manages to access the cookies showing browsing history to get a better choice on which sites to put on its ads for a more effective promotion. Being a promotional tool, there’s no need to spend much time in strictly building it. Thus bug will be easily detected. Plus with more websites on which PCKeeper publishes ads, the ads would catch vicious attentions.

There’s one more thing to which PC users should know that displaying ads requires internal resource. The more ads popping up, the more CPU will be consumed, the less will be left to security services and utilities for full play. In case a bug is under capture when majority of resource is extracted to display ads and web pages, the computer with weak protection will be affected by infections.

If you consider that PCKeeper does not work much for you and you don’t want to be harassed by its ads, you are welcome to follow the manual removal guide below as automatic removal by anti-virus programs are not allowed to remove things that are not virus. Keep in mind that PCKeeper ads would keep popping up as long as PCKeeper is installed on your computer. Thus removing all items related to PCKeeper is necessary to get rid of the ads.

Steps to Get Rid of PCKeeper Ads

1.    Uninstall PCKeeper from Control Panel

Windows 7/Vista/XP

  • Hit Start menu to select Control Panel.
  • Access “Add/Remove Programs” to uninstall PCKeeper.

Windows 8

  • Expand “Unpin” button for ‘Control Panel’.
  • Navigate to “Programs and Features” and uninstall PCKeeper.

Mac OS X

  • Access Apple menu and select “System Preferences”.
  • Locate PCKeeper in Dock and Display respectively to remove any detection.

2.    enable pop-up blocker.
(tips: this step only takes effect when complete removal is achieved)

Internet Explorer

  • Access Tools menu to select Options and locate pop-up Blocker section under Privacy tab.
  • Check “Block pop-ups”.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Access Tools menu to select Options and press on Web features button there.
  • Choose PCKeeper ad as the intended item to be blocked.

Google Chrome

  • Access Tools menu to select Options and press on “Content Settings” after navigating to “Under the Hood”.
  • Choose “Pop-ups” then and access “Exceptions” to rule out PCKeeper ad.
  • Hit “OK” button for confirmation.

Opera

  • Access Opera’s menu to select “settings” and browse to “Preference”.
  • Go to General tab and locate “Pop-up”.
  • Choose “Block Unwanted Pop-ups” and hit OK button.

Safari

  • Access “Safari” option next to the Apple icon to select “Preference”.
  • Hit “Security” tab and check “Block pop-up windows”.
    use popup blocker to get rid of PCKeeper ads from Mac

3.    remove the extensions created on the date when PCKeeper ads were firstly detected.

Internet Explorer

  • Access Tools menu for Manage add-ons.
  • Go to ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and ‘Search Providers’ respectively to locate and remove the extensions created on the day when PCKeeper ads were firstly detected.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Access Tools menu for Options.
  • Go to ‘Add-ons’ and ‘plugins’ respectively to locate and remove the extensions created on the day when PCKeeper ads were firstly detected.

Google Chrome

  • Hit spanner icon to select “Tools” for ‘Extensions’.
  • Locate and remove the extensions created on the day when PCKeeper ads were firstly detected.

Opera

  • Access Opera menu to select Extensions for Manage Extensions.
  • Locate and remove the extensions created on the day when PCKeeper ads were firstly detected.

Safari

  • Access Safari Menu for Preferences.
  • Click on the extensions tab and remove the extensions created on the day when PCKeeper ads were firstly detected.

4.    modify hosts file to get rid of PCKeeper ads.
(tip: before the modification, one should right click on the ads to select “Copy Link Location” and paste the link location to some .txt or .doc files for locating of its URL root)

Windows

  • Use Win+R key combination to pop up a Run box.
  • Type “CMD” and hit Enter key to get a little black window.
  • Then put “ping [the detected URL root]” and hit Enter key for the accurate IP address for PCKeeper ad.
  • Next go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc and double click to open up Hosts file.
  • Paste the accurate IP address to the last line and save the file to get rid of PCKeeper ad.

Mac OS X

  • Access Utilities from Finder launchpad and click open up Terminal.
  • Put “ping [the detected URL root]” in and hit Enter key for the accurate IP address for PCKeeper ad.
  • Then use shift+command+g key combination to type “etc” (/private/etc/hosts).
  • Hitting on Enter/Return key will bring up to etc window.
  • Finally double click Hosts file to paste the accurate IP address to the last line and save the file to get rid of PCKeeper ad.
    modify hosts to get rid of PCKeeper ads from Mac

 

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