Do you constantly get redirected to the Api2.poperblocker.com website? The reason behind the annoying reshuffles is a nasty adware that lurks on your device. Such malicious software is known to take over any existing browser on the victim’s PC. No web application is immune to its effect – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer. You can be sure that the parasite has infected them all.
Once you open your browser, you’ll be attacked by numerous intrusive ads in the form of pop-ups, banners, blinking alerts, and even in-text promotions. What’s interesting about such sponsored content is, that the ads will be specifically targeted to be as alluring to you as possible. That’s because adware is capable of monitoring your online activity and use web data like browsing history and search results to its advantage.
The most common places that adware dwells are spam emails, torrent files, shady links and ads, freeware and fake update requests. When you receive spam email messages, it is best to delete them. Especially if they contain attachments or executable files. You may also receive spam emails that claim to be sent from official companies such as but not limited to Amazon, eBay, PayPal, etc.
In such cases, you have to compare the given email with the one from their respective official websites. If there is no match, you must immediately delete the email. Do not open it. Such messages are designed to trick the user into opening them, and that’s how they unknowingly infect their device with a nasty parasite.
Adware is a serious breach in your online security and privacy. It is very important to note, that this malicious pest does not care if it displays ads that may lead to suspicious or even dangerous pages. Its sole purpose is to create pay-per-click revenue for its creators, as well as for the pages it will promote. That being said, you may think you’re clicking on a reliable ad, but in reality, you may get rerouted to an infected page that seeks to infect your computer. Ignoring the advertisements will not solve this issue.
The parasite will only get more and more aggressive, doing even more damages. As time goes by and you stay idle, your browser will suffer. You’ll experience lagging, slow internet, as well as frequent crashes. At some point, your web browser will stop working altogether. Meanwhile, hackers will try to exploit this possibility to steal your personal and financial information. If you don’t want that to happen to you, you need to act timely and get rid of this nuisance as soon as possible.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove Api2.poperblocker.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.