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Remove Pht.gzipserver.net Popup Ads (Adware Removal Guide)

Pht.gzipserver.net pops up from your web browser from nowhere? This article will explain on this issue and introduce how to get rid of this Pht.gzipserver.net pop up in a step by step removal guide.

 

Pht.gzipserver.net is a reported unsafe site that delivers misleading popup ads on infected machine. It is believed that this Pht.gzipserver.net has been involved in malvertising campaign that attempts to deliver a malicious payload, mostly adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUP).

If your comes up with Pht.gzipserver.net pop up ads every now and then, your PC almostly certainly gets infected by some adware or PUP. This adware or PUP has a malicious browser add-on attached to your web browser to pop up ads whenever you click on a link or open a new tab.

Below picture is an example of the misleading pop up ads claiming that the media content is not shown properly and thus you are recommended to update your system player, supposed to be Media Player.

pht_gzipserver_net

 

The download file bundles up PUP or adware and thus you should never click it to download anything. And if such is the case with your computer, your computer is already infected, and downloading additional malware onto your computer will make the situation even worse. Needless to say, many PUPs or adware like this Pht.gzipserver.net can be detected by most antimalware tools.

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How to Remove Pht.gzipserver.net Popup Ads (Adware Removal Guide)

 

To remove Pht.gzipserver.net pop up ads, you need to use some antimalware remove the hidden or risky components and also remove the related web browser extension necessarily in order to ensure clean it completely and prevent its survival.

Removal guide:

Step 1. Remove Hidden Risky Components using Antimalware

Step 2. Uninstall related PUP or Adware from Computer

Step 3.Remove Pht.gzipserver.net related browser add-on from IE/Firefox/Chrome

Step 4. Remove leftovers, tracking cookies and main system performance

Step 5. Block Pht.gzipserver.net Popup Ads using Anvi Ad Blocker

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To facilitate the afterward removal and ensure the computer is clean from any hidden components of the infection, it is necessary to use Antimalware/antivirus scan and removal. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose. You can also take a try by following below steps:

Antimalware Download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

ASD scan result of connect bar infection

 

Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.

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Step 2. Uninstall Related PUP or Adware from Computer

 

Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP/Adware using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP/Adware from Control Panel 

Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to the PUP or adware, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of Pht.gzipserver.net on your web browser.

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Option 1. Automatic Uninstall

 

Please note the Anvi Uninstaller is integrated in the system cleaner Cloud System Booster, which can also help you remove the leftovers and maintain the system after the removal (detailed in step 4). The Anvi Uninstaller which contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.

To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:

1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster. (Safe download link: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html)

2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run.

3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.

uninstall connect bar and related PUP program using Anvi Uninstaller

Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure you uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker.

Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall

clean leftovers of search protect by conduit uninstalled

Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.

And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here:  http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

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Option 2. Manually uninstall Related PUP or Adware from Control Panel

 

Some adware or PUP related will install its program to the Control Panel. To remove it, you can:

For Win 8 users: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the related PUP/adware → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find the related PUP/adware from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.

For Windows xp:  Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find related PUP/adware from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.

 

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Step 3.Remove Pht.gzipserver.net related browser add-on from IE/Firefox/Chrome

 

Choose an option to repair browser settings below:

Option 1–Automatic repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Highly Recommended for users who use multiple web browsers

Option 2–Manual Repair in IE, Firefox and Chrome

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Option 1. Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

To remove the unwanted or malicious toolbars/ web browser extensions from IE, Firefox or Chrome, you can use the Cloud System Booster to manage it.

Download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Start it and click the arrow icon on the main screen as shown in below picture.


remove toolbar using cloud system booster step1

 3. Click Slim Toolbar icon to open below interface. This will automatically detect any installed and potentially unwanted or malicious browser add-ons within IE, Firefox and Chrome. Then you will be able to find and remove unwanted/malicious browser add-on from your web browsers.

Below is an example to remove unwanted toolbars using this feature of Cloud System Booster.

Remove connect bar add-on from IE-firefox-chrome using Cloud System Booster

Please note, this Slim Toolbar in Cloud System Booster is only for users of Cloud System Booster Pro version. If you also be one of them and use this convenient function to remove the unwanted browser add-ons, you may buy the Cloud System Booster pro here: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

Alternatively, you will have the chance to freely use a similar feature in Anvi Slim Toolbar trial version (valid within 15 days) here: download Anvi Slim Toolbar: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html

Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find the related browser add-on from the appeared list, select them to remove.

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Option 2. Manual Repair in IE, Firefox and Chrome

 

> For Internet Explorer users

> For Mozilla Firefox users

> For Google Chrome users

 

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IE Internet Explorer

 

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on

 

There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find the related browser add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.

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Firefox  Mozilla Firefox

 

1. Remove add-on

Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.

Firefox add-ons1

 

On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate the related add-on and click Remove button to remove it.

Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find the Conduit plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.

 

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chromeReset Google Chrome

 

Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find the related extension to locate it and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.

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Step 4. Remove Leftovers, tracking cookies and Maintain System Performance

 

See to remove the tracking cookies of Pht.gzipserver.net and other leftovers including junks to maintain the system performance.

Note: Before the cookies removal, you’d better backup your important personal information like some important username and passwords.

As for removing tracking cookies and cleaning system junk files, you can use some system cleaner like Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster Download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Instructions: 1. Download and install.

2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.

remove cookies using Cloud system Booster

 

3. Now you can either click Start Scan button on the left bottom and clear the junks when the scan finished, or click on Home button to back on the main screen and click Quick Care to fully clean the system. The later is our recommendation any way.

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More recommended: if you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defragmentation would be a good idea. As for this, Anvi Ultimate Defrag is available for your nice try.

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html


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Step 5. Block Smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

 

Some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would also a good idea to help you block this Pht.gzipserver.net by adding the URL to its blacklist. Besides, it also provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.

ad blocker

Anvi AD Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker

To block the Pht.gzipserver.net using Anvi AD Blocker, you can follow below instructions on the image:

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker

 

Not only this tool can help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this Pht.gzipserver.net by adding the URL into its black list.

If any question in the removal process, contact us at any time for timely help.