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How to Remove Highlightly and Stop Highlightly Pop-ups?


Get annoyed by the Highlightly pop-ups when highlight words on webpages? Want to stop Highlightly from bothering you? In this article, we will guide you to remove Highlightly and get rid of Highlightly pop-up in web browser Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Read on.



What Is Highlightly?



Highlightly is a free, ad-supported software utility that makes searching and translating information you find online easy. Once installed you’ll see relevant information from Wikipedia, Bing Search, Bing Translate, and a thesaurus for any word you highlight- all without having to leave the page. You just need to highlight the text you see online, and Highlightly will show the Wikipedia and Bing results in an in-page window.

Highlightly pop-up


However, since it is an ad-supported application, Highlightly will display advertisements and sponsored links in the results it provides. What’s more, Highlightly often comes bundled with other free download and get installed without your knowledge and permission. Therefore, computer users rank low in acceptance of this software and it is referred to as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) by the industry, although it looks like a useful application.


Highlightly can work with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Once installed, Highlightly will add extensions or plugin to your installed web browser. So in order to stop Highlightly pop-up from showing up, you need not only uninstall Highlightly from your computer, but also Highlightly extension from your internet browser. Follow the detailed removal instructions below to get rid of it. Should you have any problem, please leave a reply at the end of the article and we will be more than happy to help you.



How to Remove Highlightly and Stop Highlightly Pop-ups? (Removal Guide)



Outline of the removal guide:

Option 1 > Remove Highlightly and stop Highlightly ads manually

     Step 1 Uninstall Highlightly and related malicious programs

     Step 2 Remove Highlightly extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome

     Recommended—Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

Option 2 > Remove Highlightly and stop Highlightly ads with Cloud System Booster

Malware Prevention Tips




Option 1 > Remove Highlightly and stop Highlightly ads manually


Step 1 Uninstall Highlightly and related malicious programs


As mentioned above, Highlightly often infects computers by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should uninstall Highlightly and any suspicious and unexpected programs that installed recently.


For Windows 8 Users:

Move mouse pointer to the bottom right corner of the screen.

Go to Charms bar Settings Control Panel Uninstall a program

Uninstall Highlightly and other unknown or unexpected programs.


For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features

Uninstall Highlightly and any suspicious third-party application

Highlightly-uninstalll 1


For Windows XP Users:

Go to Start button >  Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

Remove Highlightly and any suspicious third-party application



Step 2 Remove Highlightly extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome


If you are still encountering Highlightly ads after removing Highlightly and relate malicious programs, you should go through the following guides to check your browser and remove Highlightly leftovers on your web browser.


For Internet Explorer Users:

To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on Highlightly and any other suspicious extensions → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

Highlightly on IE


For Mozilla Firefox Users:

To remove extensions and plugins: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove suspicious extensions (Highlightly)

Highlightly on Firefox

Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins


For Google Chrome Users:

To remove extension: Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) > Tools > Extensions → locate Highlightly and any unwanted or unknown extension → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

Highlightly on Chrome



Recommended—Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries


Please note that although Highlightly and related malicious program is uninstalled, there are still many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.


1. Download and install the free or paid version of Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link:

Cloud System Booster Purchase link:


2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Quick Care button.

Cloud System Booster-home


3. Click on Clear button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-scan



Option 2 > Remove Highlightly and stop Highlightly ads with Cloud System Booster


To remove Highlightly and stop Highlightly ads automatically, you only need to download and install Cloud System Booster, a system cleaner and optimizer.


Cloud System Booster free download link:


1. Uninstall Highlightly with Anvi Uninstaller


Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.


Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → scroll down the Recently Installed list and locate Highlightly or any suspicious program → hit Uninstall to remove



Please note that the Prefect Scan feature is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

Cloud System Booster purchase link:



2. Remove Highlightly browser extension and plugins


Slim Toolbar featured in Cloud System Booster enables you to manage toolbars and extentions on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome simultaneously.


Click on the up arrow on the Home tab of Cloud System Booster to go to Slim Toolbar, then remove all the suspicious extensions and plugins.

CSB 3.0-Slim Toolbar


When you are not on the Home tab, you can find Toolbar Manager on the right side.

Cloud System Booster-toolbar manager

Highlightly extension removal



3. Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries


Please note that there would be some leftovers in your computer after uninstall programs especially those malware. You’d better clean up your system with a system cleaner and optimizer and that’s what Cloud System Booster developed for.


Switch to Home tab → click Quick Care button → click Clear button after scan finished

Cloud System Booster-scan


Now, your computer should have been free from the infection of Highlightly. If you have encountered any problem in the removing process, please leave a reply and we will help you fix your problem as soon as possible.



Malware Prevention Tips                     


1. Keep an eye on what you are agree to install and do not just click on Next blindly.

As mentioned above, Highlightly sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.


2. Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser.

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.


3. Keep a professional antivirus or antimalware program on and perform system scan regularly.

PUPs like Highlightly may lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link:

Anvi Smart Defender-1


There is an Anvi Ad Blocker integrated in Anvi Smart Defender, which can block malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites that cannot be distinguished and detected by the browser itself. If you are pro version user of Anvi Smart Defender, it is free to use for you. Also, you can download its trial version to create you a clean and secure online environment.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: (expires in 15 days)