What is OnOffPop?
OnOffPop is an application which is promoted on onoffpop.com. If you visit this web page, you will immediately notice that the entire web page is in Korean, which suggests that this software has been developed in Korea and is primarily targeted at users living in South Korea. Research carried out by the specialists at anti-spyware-101.com has also confirmed that this application is very prevalent in South Korea; however, it is definitely not the only country whose users are infected with OnOffPop. Specialists say that OnOffPop spreads in Canada too. If you ever encounter OnOffPop but do not live in any of these countries, you should still hurry to remove OnOffPop from your system despite the fact that it looks quite decent. We will tell you more on the OnOffPop removal in this article, so make sure that you read it from beginning to end.
How does OnOffPop work?
OnOffPop is an application that should provide users with ads that match their keywords, for example, you might be provided with ads after you enter a word into the search box in order to find a particular item at some kind of online store. Research has shown that users see interstitial ads mainly, especially those provided by the find.onoffpop.com domain; however, we cannot guarantee that other kinds of commercial advertisements (e.g. pop-ups, banners, in-text ads, etc.) will not appear on your screen. At the time of writing, it seems that OnOffPop is only compatible with one browser, i.e. Internet Explorer, which means that only Internet Explorer users will see commercial advertisements if OnOffPop manages to enter their systems. If you use another browser, you might still have OnOffPop installed, but you will, probably, not see any ads. Research carried out by our experts has shown that the OnOffPop folder will be added to the %appdata% directory if this program sneaks in. In addition, you will see guardO2 and O2grd Values added to the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run registry key, which means that this application will start together with Windows OS. As can be seen, it is possible to say whether or not OnOffPop is installed on the system even though there are no ads on the screen.
We are sure that this suspicious ad-supported program not only displays commercial advertisements, but might also do other activities behind a user’s back. We believe that OnOffPop gathers details about users like other advertising-supported applications (adware). We have managed to find out that OnOffPop is primarily interested in the domains a user tends to visit the most frequently, his/her search queries, IP address, approximate location, and other relevant information. Some researchers also say that OnOffPop might secretly gather more personal details, which means that there is a very huge possibility that your privacy will be violated. If you do not want to reveal third-party details to anyone, remove OnOffPop right now from your system. It is the only way to stop activities of OnOffPop because it will still work in the background if you simply decide to ignore it and do not open it anymore yourself.
This region-specific adware does not differ from other adware programs much if we take into account its distribution methods. Yes, OnOffPop is available on its official website onoffpop.com; however, we are sure that this program comes in a bundle with other different applications. Software bundles are mainly available on various file-sharing websites mainly; however, you might find them on other web pages as well. In fact, you might even download OnOffPop after clicking on some kind of pop-up advertisement which you might see while surfing some kind of suspicious web page. Believe us, there are thousands of other untrustworthy programs that just want to enter your system. Therefore, we highly recommend that you install a security tool on your computer.
How to delete OnOffPop?
The most important thing is to delete OnOffPop fully (without leftovers), so it is not very important whether you do that manually or automatically. Luckily, it is possible to remove OnOffPop via Control Panel, so it should not be difficult to erase it by hand. If you do not have much experience in malware removal, you can scan your system with the SpyHunter antimalware scanner – it will remove OnOffPop for you within seconds. In addition, it will not allow other ad-supported programs to enter the system in the nearest future.
- Click the Start button.
- Select Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the program and click Remove.
Windows 7 and Vista
- Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Find and select the unwanted program.
- Click the Uninstall button.
- Launch RUN.
- Enter Control Panel in the box and click OK.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Select the undesirable software.
- Click Uninstall.
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