My computer is hacked by visual match pop-up. I keep getting pop-ups when I am using my computer. It happens even when I don’t open the browsers. They are titled with visual match or related to it as I see. I tried to remove it but all my efforts turn out to be in vain. Because that when I use my computer for a while it will pop up again. I can’t stop it from popping up. Antivirus programs are of no help either. What can I do to get rid of it completely?

Learn More about Visual Match Pop-up

Visual Match Pop-up is ads pages that developed by browser hijacker. It often affects computer by modifying the browser settings. It adds redundant files of its own to system documents and system registries. In that way this pop-up can happen even when the browser is not running. It disguises in advanced manners so that it may not be caught by any system security products. This browser hijacker item is not friendly to computer because it will arise chaos in the system and can develop more and more plug-in installing later on. The virus has been torturing computer users all over the world which reflects the fact that it is good at spreading. Any unsafe installation or unsafe visits of malicious sites may cause the virus settling down to a vulnerable system. It has been found that the virus mostly packages to some program installers thus people will get this virus on their computers when they install those programs.

If you get Visual Match Pop-up on your computer frequently you may have got malicious infection of adware. This pop-up usually appears to have relationship with many different adware and freeware. They will cause the infection of this virus and they will sponsor each other. You will get more and more windows of popping ups if the case keeps getting worse. Those windows will pop up more and cover your whole screen. If you try to close any of them you may get a new pop-up.  By arising new pop-ups and opening new pages this virus has taken too much system resource and as a result your computer will work extremely slowly. Browsers may be stuck when you try to open them. They will give you “this page cannot be displayed” from time to time. You may have to refresh the pages to get the sites load. Shortly speaking, things go out of order on the infected computer with time passing by.

For the sake of computer safety and privacy security, remove the Visual Match Pop-up hijacker with no hesitation. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for assistance if you are not computer savvy and have no idea on how to remove this hijacker:

Typical Symptoms of Browser Hijacker Infection

  1. Unexpected popping ups appear when you are searching online;
  2. New and strange bookmarks occur in your bookmark list;
  3. Some unfamiliar programs show up in program list from programs and features;
  4. Unfamiliar programs are listed in start menu after you expand all programs;
  5. The computer will not perform correctly when you try to open a new tab or visit a regular web site;
  6. Random stuck will happen to some normal programs which usually work perfectly before.

Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Instructions

Since the advanced anti-virus software can’t take effectively to get rid of the browser hijacker, then manual removal will be highly required. Generally speaking, manual removal is a complicated and difficult process which requires enough computer skills. To make it easier, basic manual removal steps have been given in the following to help one get rid of the browser hijacker. ( Be cautious when dealing with different system files and entries of the redirect.)

Step 1: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the Visual Match Pop-up hijacker. We will need to put end to the running of the redirect first. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find odd processes. Names of the processes can be different each time:

windows task manager
Step 2: Open Program List, Find doubtful programs or tool-bars which may come from the browser hijacker. Right click on it and select uninstall.

programs and features

Step 3: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK:

folder options
After that we need to check in program files to see if the Visual Match Pop-up hijacker leaves any files on the machine.
Step 4: Press Windows+R keys together to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor. Delete registry values associating with this redirect. The registry files are listed randomly. Besides, you need to delete the infection files of the redirect virus from your system files to prevent it from coming back. Those files are named randomly also but may be different on different operating systems.

Run box

Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the Visual Match Pop-up hijacker to stop it from coming back.

Registry Editor

Step 5: Reset the Browser once to get rid of any left setting set by the redirect. Change home page(s) on browsers back from the browser hijacker and other unknown random URLs: Here take Internet Explorer as example.

To reset the browser, you need to click on the gear icon at right top corner of the browser page. Then you will get Internet Options window and move to Advanced tab.

Internet Options

And to set the homepage back from Visual Match Pop-up hijacker please open general tab under Internet Options.

homepage set

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Visual Match Pop-up is known as an item caused by browser hijacker infection. It often comes from some unsafe programs that are downloaded from malicious or free sites. It is really hard for computer newbies to get rid of. It creates its own paths and files in system folders. Antivirus software get problems in telling them from the real system ones. They will finally fail to remove or even detect the virus. This pop-up can also trace the activities on the infected system to reveal privacy of net users as it is designed to do this. It will cause more and more troubles if you keep this threat in the system for long time. To save your computer as well as to save your own privacy it is highly recommended to get rid of this pop up immediately.

Note: Certain levels of PC skills will be needed during the manual removal process of this hijacker. Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts now to get further help if you have tried but failed time after time.

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on January 24, 2014 5:39 am

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