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Remove Green Double-Underlined Links pop-up ads (Removal Guide)

Are you are seeing words that have a green (or red, or blue) double-underline like the example below on this or other websites? This underlining and the ads are NOT part of our website.

The following information comes from MalwareTips http://malwaretips.com/blogs/green-double-underlined-ads-removal/ and http://malwaretips.com/blogs/green-double-underlined-ads-removal/ which are very similar.

I'm sorry to say that your computer is probably infected with a browser adware extension or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). (Click here to go directly to removal instructions).

The browser extension is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this adware program. When you install these free programs, they will also install Green Double-Underlined extension as well. Some of the programs that are known to bundle Green Double-Underlined include Youtube Downloader HD, Fast Free Converter, Plus-HD, Conduit, and AllLyrics.

Once installed, the browser extension that is causing the green double-underline will highlight words on the websites that you are visiting transforming them into hyperlinks. These links are placed inside your text, and they come with a green double-underline to differentiate them from normal links. Once the user rolls the mouse over the link the advertising will pop up. Should the user click on the links the browser extension developer will get an affiliate revenue.

Here is an example:

Green double underline example



Apart from these green Double-Underlined words, the malicious browser extension will also display advertising banners on the webpages that you are visiting, and as you browse Internet, it will show coupons and other deals available on different websites. Some of the known links that are promoted by the green Double-Underlined pop-up ads are: public8media.com, awardhotspot.com, reviewed.com, WebDiagnosis.com, RehabMatters.com, CampusLeader.com, LiveFinancially.com and many more.

The Green Double-Underlined text infection is designed specifically to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.

Green Double-Underlined it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Green Double-Underlined adware. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

Removal Instructions:

Most times a scan with Malwarebytes will solve the problem. Get the FREE DOWNLOAD of Malwarebytes here. follow the instructions to install it and allow it to scan your computer. On the slight chance Malwarebytes doesn't solve the problem, there is copious aditional information at the sites cited below.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

The small print: PBKNCA and the Webmaster are providing this information with no guarantees or warrantees, and while we expect it will not cause you any problems, we cannot take responsibility for any problems you may incur. I have personally used Malwarebytes on my computers, but have not evaluated any of the other remedies suggested in the above cited websites. It is a good idea to create a "restore point" on your PC so you can undo any changes made, just in case.

Ray Hendess, Webmaster