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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:35:11 AM
Type: Adware
Risk Impact: High
Systems Affected: Windows


Adware.Adpopup is an adware component that records URLs visited during Web browsing, and then generates pop-up advertisements.


The files on the system are detected as Adware.Adpopup.


This adware component must be manually installed or installed as a component of another program.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version September 21, 2019 revision 018
  • Initial Daily Certified version October 21, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 15, 2019 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date October 22, 2003

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Technical Description

When the Adware.Adpopup is executed, it does following:

  1. Records URLs visited while browsing the Web.

  2. Sends the collected information to specific servers and generates pop-up advertisements.

  3. May download an executable file from the Web, possibly an update of itself.


Note: Removing this adware component from the system will likely cause the program that installed it to not function as intended. The uninstaller generally identifies the programs that will not work after uninstallation.
  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Adware.Adpopup.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Updating the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually on Wednesdays), unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate).
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater).

    The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available: Read "How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater" for detailed instructions.

2. Scanning for and deleting the infected files
  1. Start Norton AntiVirus and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files. For more information, read the document, "How to configure Norton AntiVirus to scan all files."
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected as infected with Adware.Adpopup, click Delete.