Did you just get interrupted by a pop up ad from xl415.com? You are not alone. I also get the xl415.com pop ups while browsing. Do the pop ups also sidestep the pop-up blocker in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Do the pop-ups appear on sites that does not advertise with pop ups. Then read on...
A pop-up ad showing up in a new tab in Mozilla Firefox:
The screenshot serves as an example of how a pop-up can look like when it appears in a new tab in Firefox. The pop-up in the screenshot is not from xl415.com.
If this description sounds like your story, you probably have some adware installed on your computer that pops up the xl415.com ads. Don't send angry emails to the website you were browsing, the advertisements are presumably not coming from them, but from the adware on your machine.
I'll do my best to help you with the xl415.com removal in this blog post.
Those that have been following this blog already know this, but for new visitors: Not long ago I dedicated a few of my lab systems and intentionally installed some adware programs on them. Since then I have been monitoring the behaviour on these computers to see what kinds of advertisements that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware updates itself, or if it installs additional unwanted software on the computers. I first spotted the xl415.com pop-up on one of these lab machines.
So, how do you remove the xl415.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the xl415.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the xl415.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.
The bad news with this type of pop up is that it can be launched by many variants of adware, not just the adware running on my computer. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.
So, what can be done to solve the problem? To remove the xl415.com pop up ads you need to review your system for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here's my suggested removal procedure:
The first thing I would do to remove the xl415.com pop-ups is to examine the programs installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can find this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows OS you can just type in "uninstall" in the Control Panel's search field to find that dialog:
Click on the "Uninstall a program" link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:
Do you see something dubious listed there or something that you don't remember installing? Tip: Sort on the "Installed On" column to see if something was installed about the same time as you started seeing the xl415.com pop-ups.
The next thing to check would be your browser's add-ons. Adware often turn up under the add-ons menu in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there something that looks suspicious? Something that you don't remember installing?
I think you will be able to track down 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. It's a tool designed to manually identify and remove 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 locked down like many other removal tools out there. It will not require you to purchase the program just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.
And if you're having difficulties deciding if a file is legitimate or malware in FreeFixer's scan result, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your web browser with a page which contains additional details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:
As a last resort, if the above steps did not solve the popups problem, you can block xl415.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 xl415.com pop ups? What did you do to stop the pop up in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thanks!
Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the xl415.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.
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