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Remove Related Readings Popup Ads (Adware Removal Guide)

This article explains how to get rid of the Related Readings pop up ads which may interfere your web browsing or even leads to risks of getting infected. Read for more.


If you always see the pop up ads or text enhanced hyperlinks from the Related Readings whenever you browses using IE, Firefox or Chrome, then your computer is infected with some adware or Potentially Unwanted Programs.


The Related Readings is an ads-supporting platform, which is typically not a virus but a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) due to its malicious traits like browser hijacking, annoyance of constant pop up ads and surely the degraded user experiences.

The Related Readings adware is designed specifically to make money through generate traffic and collect sales leads for dubious websites. Once installed, it will display advertisements and sponsored links in your web browser.

Once installed, the Related Readings will not only show its program on the control panel but also adds its extension/plugin to your web browser and hijack the browser settings, inject its cookies and so on. Then you will see that words on the websites that you are visiting inside are transformed into hyberlinks, placed inside your text, and they come with a double underline to differentiate them from the normal links. When the mouse hovers over the link, the advertising will pop. Also it will display advertising banners on the webpages that you are visiting, and as you browser Internet, it will show coupons and other deals available on different websites.

Often this Related Readings comes along with other free download (video recording/streaming, software downloader or PDF creater). Thus to avoid the install of the Related Readings, you may take practices of below tips:

> 1. Always pay close inspection to the install of software, especially the freeware, since many software installer includes other optional install and it is necessary to ensure what you are installing.

> 2. Opt for the custom install and deselect any other unfamiliar option to install.


How to Remove Related Reads PopUp Ads (Adware Removal Guide)


Step 1. Remove potential components of rootkit or infections using antimalware

Step 2. Remove Related Readings related PUP from the Control Panel

Step 3. Remove Related Reads Popup Ads from IE, Firefox and Chrome

Step 4. Maintain/Optimize the system performance



Step 1. Remove potential components of rootkit or infections using antimalware



Anvi Smart Defender Free download link:


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Step 2. Remove Related Readings related PUP from the Control Panel



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For Win 8: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the Related Readings related PUP → 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 Readings  related PUP 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 the Related Readings related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.


Uninstall Tips

To completely fix the issue, you need to remove all PUP related to the Related Readings. So our advice is to uninstall all unnecessary or unfamiliar programs to troubleshoot if you are not sure on which one is the PUP related to the Related Readings. Or you may use below tool to conveniently find the PUP under the Recently Installed tab.

Anvi Uninstaller, which is integrated in Cloud System Booster system cleaner and will list recently installed programs in your computer to facilitate the uninstall.

Cloud System Booster download link:

Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Start it and click on Expert on the main screen to open Expert interface where you can locate Toolbox tab and select Anvi Uninstaller to Run. 3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the Delta Search toolbar and the related programs to uninstall.


Moreover, the uninstall solution provided by Anvi Uninstaller in Cloud System Booster contains three steps:

  • 1 create a system restore point first for convenient troubleshoot;
  • 2. uninstall;
  • 3. clean left invalid registry entries and junk files of the uninstalled programs (only for pro version).



Step 2. Remove Related Readings Ads from IE, Firefox and Chrome (Browser Repair)


Note: Normally to stop unwanted search redirects and repair browser settings caused by the thing, you should remove all related add-ons/extensions from your web browser, reset the homepage, remove its search engine/search provider, and the like. However, due to the complexity of situations, here we recommend you to reset your web browser to detault settings so that you can fix all issues with just one action. Below are detailed instructions to reset IE, Firefox and Chrome to help you thoroughly fix the Delta Search issue.


IEReset Internet Explorer


1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon (Tools for IE 8 and below users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.

2. In the Internet Options dialog box, locate the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.

3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.

4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.

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Firefox Reset Mozilla Firefox


1. Open Firefox, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu, and select Troubleshooting Information.



2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.


3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish.

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chromeReset Google Chrome


1. Access to below file:

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\default

The folder “Default” contains all of the requisite settings.  To reset Chrome, close it and change the folder name of “Default” to anything else…”Default old” or “Default broken” or whatever else you like. Once you reopen Chrome it will be reset!

If you want to retain some settings (especially things like bookmarks and login info) you can copy (don’t just move them because they should be kept intact as backups; copy them) those files into your new Default folder any time that Chrome is closed.

Note: The current version of Chrome does not provide the reset function in its settings list and you can sue the above method to set it to default settings in order to fix the browser issues without reinstall it.

However, in Chrome 15,16,17, you can go to: Options →Personal Stuff → Users→Delete User.

If you are the only chrome user, you will be the only user in the list. Click on “DELETE THIS USER” and viola…. You have reset Google Chrome to default settings.

All your addons, settings will restore to defaut.


Step 4. Optimize/maintain System Performance (Highly Recommended)


To return a well or better running OS, you need to maintain or optimize your system, especially after the programs uninstall and browser repair.

Often there will be a lot of invalid registry entries or junk files, leftovers which may jam the computer system and cause a unstable running system after uninstalling software, PUP, or virus infections in particular. Therefore, either to basically maintain the system or return a well performing system, it is highly recommended to use a system cleaner/optimizer like Cloud System Booster to perform a full cleaning by removing junk files, invalid registry entries, repairing file extension errors, registry errors if any, and optimizing the system services.

Cloud System Booster download:

If you want a deep optimization, then it is a good idea to defrag your hard disks using a tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag.

Anvi Ultimate Defrag download link:

Please note this is a free trail version for 15 days free use. You can freely download and try it here and now.

Screenshot of Anvi Ulimate Defrag

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If you want the solution of the step 3 and other extended system optimization benefits of Cloud System Booster, you can purchase it here:

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