Remove xbuyers.com Pop Up Ads

Sound familiar? You see pop up advertisements from xbuyers.com while browsing on sites that generally don't advertise in popup windows. The pop ups manage to circumvent the built-in pop-up blockers in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera. Maybe the xbuyers.com popups show up when clicking search results from Google? Or does the pop ups show up even when you're not browsing?

Here is a screenshot on the xbuyers.com pop-up from my computer:

xbuyers.com pop up

(I'm sorry for the many watermarks. If I don't add them, the screenshot always show up at some copy-cat blogs.)

If this description sounds like your experience, you probably have some adware installed on your computer that pops up the xbuyers.com ads. There's no use contacting the owners of the site you were browsing. The ads are not coming from them.

I'll do my best to help you with the xbuyers.com removal in this blog post.

I found the xbuyers.com pop-up on one of the lab machines where I have some adware running. I've talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The adware was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if something new has appeared, such as pop up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on web site that usually don't show adverts, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.

So, how do you remove the xbuyers.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the xbuyers.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the xbuyers.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

The problem with pop ups like the one described in this blog post is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware on my machine. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.

Anyway, here's my suggestion for the xbuyers.com ads removal:

The first thing I would do to remove the xbuyers.com pop-ups is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can reach this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows you can just type in "uninstall" in the Control Panel's search field to find that dialog:

Uninstall a program search

Click on the "Uninstall a program" link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:

Uninstall a program dialog

Do you see something shady in there or something that you don't remember installing? Tip: Sort on the "Installed On" column to see if some program was installed about the same time as you started seeing the xbuyers.com pop-ups.

Then you can examine you browser add-ons. Adware often show up under the add-ons dialog in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Something that you don't remember installing?

Firefox add-ons manager

Please also test to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your machine. Did that stop the pop ups?

I think most users will be able to identify and remove the adware with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I've developed since 2006. Freefixer is a tool designed to manually identify and uninstall unwanted software. When you've found the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.

FreeFixer's removal feature is not crippled like many other removal tools out there. It won't require you to pay for the program just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.

And if you're having problems determining if a file is safe or unsafe in FreeFixer's scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your web browser with a page which contains additional information about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:

FreeFixer More Info link example

If that did not solve the problem, you can add a blocking for xbuyers.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Here you can see FreeFixer in action removing an adware that caused pop-up ads:

Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the xbuyers.com pop ups? What did you do to stop the pop up in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you very much!

Did this blog post help you to remove the xbuyers.com pop up ads? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.

Thank you!

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