What is PUP.PopBlock+?

You might think that PopBlock+ is a tool that will block all advertisements and ensure that you are provided with “clean content” without any interruptions by pop-ups and redirects. If this is what you think, it is most likely that you downloaded the suspicious extension from the Chrome Web Store. The extension is no longer available at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/popblock%20/fjdbdncjdpejlofndcobhldkeicnignc, but its creator, Search Dimension Inc., could find new ways to introduce it to Google Chrome users. All in all, when the installer was still active, its description promised great things, and so it is no winder that Chrome users decided to install it. Well, according to our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team, this seemingly useful extension is just another PUP – potentially unwanted program – and removing it is highly recommended. Do you want to learn more about why we suggest deleting PopBlock+? If you do, you should continue reading.test

How does PopBlock+ work?

PopBlock+ is not much unlike StreamSearchClub, Magnifier Search, Easy News Now, or any other PUP discussed on our website. In most cases, potentially unwanted programs promise intriguing services, but then end up underdelivering after installation. The thing is that these PUPs are not just useless. Most of the time, they serve the creator and the associated parties in secretive ways, and that appears to be the case with PopBlock+ as well. Although this extension promises to block pop-up advertisements, once you install it, it shows advertisements (perhaps in formats other than pop-up), tracks and collects information about users, gives data-tracking privileges to undisclosed third parties, and also shares data with these parties. These are the reasons we classify the extension as a potentially unwanted program. So, how is data collected? That is done with the help of tracking cookies. Most cookies are harmless, and they usually only record session-related information, but there are cookies that are intrusive and used to record sensitive data. So, do you want the PUP and its unknown partners to collect any information about you?

Even if you do not care about the suspicious data collection and sharing processes, you should care about how PopBlock+ can show ads. The Privacy Policy represented via popblockplus.com/privacy_policy clearly indicates that the creator of the PUP allows third parties (“our authorized service providers, advertising companies, and ad networks”) to deliver advertisements. So, an ad-blocker is actually an advertising instrument, and that might be the main reason for users to delete it. There are legitimate ad-blocking tools out there, and you can use them to avoid annoying pop-ups or flashy banner ads. However, if you are going to install a new ad-blocker after you remove PopBlock+, we suggest that you do diligent research. Make sure that the tool is actually legitimate and trustworthy before you install it.

How to delete PopBlock+

We recommend removing PopBlock+, but you have to decide for yourself if that is what you want as well. If it is, we strongly advise examining your operating system first. Although the PUP’s installer used to be available at the Chrome Web Store in the past, Chrome users could have acquired the extension from unreliable websites and using unreliable downloaders too. Unfortunately, in that case, there is a possibility that the PUP exists along with other threats. A malware scanner will determine that, and then you will be able to make appropriate decisions. If other threats are located, know that we can help you delete them, and you might already find guides that show how to delete threats on our website. However, there is no doubt that it is best to implement anti-malware software that, besides full removal, can also ensure your system’s protection. If you are not ready for that, employ the manual PopBlock+ removal guide below.

Removal Guide

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Simultaneously tap ALT+F keys.
  3. Click More tools.
  4. Open the Extensions menu.
  5. Remove the PUP.
  6. Simultaneously tap CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE keys.
  7. Click the Advanced tab.
  8. Choose the time range and also boxes.
  9. Click Clear data. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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