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

If you are seeing words that have a green double underline within Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome, then your computer is infected with an adware or a potentially unwanted program.
[Image: Green Double Underlined pop-up ads]
The Green Double Underlined pop-up ads are caused by an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, and distributed through various monetization platforms during installation.
The Green Double Underlined pop-up ads 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 as well. Some of the programs that are known to bundle Green Double Underlined include Youtube Downloader HD, Fast Free Converter, Plus-HD and AllLyrics.

Once installed, the browser extension that are 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. Should the user click on the links the browser extension developer will get an affiliate revenue.
[Image: Green Double Underlined pop-up virus]
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.

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.

How to remove Green Double Underlined Links pop-up ads (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove “Green Double Underlined Links” virus from your computer and any other adware program that may have been installed during the setup process.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.

STEP 1: Uninstall the adware program responsible for the Green Double Underlined Links pop-ups
STEP 2: Remove Green Double Underlined Links adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner
STEP 3: Remove Green Double Underlined Links pop-up virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 4: Double-check for the “Green Double Underlined Links” malware with HitmanPro
(Optional) STEP 5: Remove Green Double Underlined Links pop-up ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

If you are using an Apple Mac OS X operating system, please follow this Remove virus from Apple Mac OS X (Pop-up Ads and Adware) guide to remove Green Double Underlined Links pop-up ads

STEP 1: Uninstall the adware program responsible for the Green Double Underlined Links pop-ups

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall a program from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the “Start” button, then click on the “Control Panel” menu option.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows Start Menu]
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel” .Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there.
    [Image: Type Control Panel in Windows 8 search box]
  2. When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under “Programs” category. This option is shown by the arrow in the image below. If you are using the “Classic View” of the Control Panel, then you would double-click on the “Programs and Features” icon instead.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  3. When the “Programs and Features” or the “Uninstall a Program” screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall New Player, HostSecure, Videos Media Players, Browsers_Apps_Pro, Save Pass, HQualityPro-1.6, Sm23mS, Salus, Network System Driver, SS8 and HD-V2.2. This program may have a different name in your case.
    To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your programs by the installation date. Scroll through the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown program.

    If you are having issues while trying to uninstall a program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.

    Remove Green Double Underlined Links pop-ups from Windows
    If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.


STEP 2: Remove Green Double Underlined Links adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for the “Green Double Underlined Links” malicious files, browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “AdwCleaner”)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.
    AdwCleaner scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “Green Double Underlined Links” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the “Green Double Underlined Links” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
    Remove Green Double Underlined Links with AdwCleaner
  5. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or documents, as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
    AdwCleaner removing malware

STEP 3: Remove Green Double Underlined Links pop-up virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

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.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free”)
  2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
    Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard]
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Final Setup Screen]
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.
    [Image: Click on the Fix Now button to start a scan]
    Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Threat Scan]
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.
    [Image: Click on Update Now to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
  6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the Green Double Underlined Links virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while performing a scan]
  7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.
    [Image: Remove Green Double Underlined Links with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
    Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
  8. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing Green Double Underlined Links]
    After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 4: Double-check for the “Green Double Underlined Links” malware infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti-virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “HitmanPro”)
  2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    [Image: HitmanPro start-up screen]
    Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro setup options]
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Green Double Underlined Links malicious files.
    [Image: HitmanPro scanning for malware]
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove Green Double Underlined Links virus.
    [Image: HitmanPro scan results]
  5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro Activate Free License]

(Optional) STEP 5: Remove Green Double Underlined Links pop-up ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

If you are still experiencing issues with the Green Double Underlined Links pop-up ads in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, we will need to reset your browser to its default settings. This step needs to be performed only if your issues have not been solved by the previous steps.

Reset Internet Explorer


You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the “gear iconIE Icon Gear in the upper right part of your browser, then click again on Internet Options.
    [Image: Internet Options in Internet Explorer]
  2. In the “Internet Options” dialog box, click on the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer]
  3. In the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” section, select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer to its default settings]
  4. When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “Close” button in the confirmation dialogue box. You will now  need to close your browser, and then you can open Internet Explorer again.
    [Image Reset Internet Explorer settings]

Reset Mozilla Firefox


If you’re having problems with Firefox, resetting it can help. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill information, browsing history and open tabs.

  1. In the upper-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu button ([Image: Firefox Menu button]), then click on the “Help” ([Image: Firefox Help button]) button.
    [Image: Click on the Menu button then Help]
  2. From the Help menu, choose Troubleshooting Information.
    If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type about:support in your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting information page.
    [Image: Troubleshooting Information in Firefox]
  3. Click the “Reset Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
    [Image: Reset Firefox to its default settings]
  4. To continue, click on the “Reset Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
    [Image: Click on the Reset Firefox button]
  5. Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.

Note: Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data“. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.

Reset Google Chrome

  1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines ([Image: Chrome's main menu button]) .When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
    [Image: Click on Settings button]
  2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced settings link (as seen in the below example).
    [Image: Click on Show advanced settings link]
  3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button.
    [Image: Click on Reset browser button]
  4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the Reset button.
    [Image: Click on Reset button to restore Chrome to default settings]
Your computer should now be free of the Green Double Underlined Links adware infection. If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Green Double Underlined Links adware from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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ABOUT STELIAN PILICI

I am the creator and owner of MalwareTips.com.
My area of expertise includes malware removal and computer forensics. I'm active in the various online anti-malware communities where I do researches for new malware threats as they are released.
I live in Bucharest (Romania), where I run my own local computer repair shop.
I repair both hardware and other operating systems related issues, however most of my business is malware related problems.

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  • Armennoik

    GOOOOOD JOOOOB :) Thank you soooo much!

  • Juan Farah

    Hi Stelian: Thankyou very much! I have been troubled by so much adware and those annoying double underline links that it was driving me nuts! I follow the instructions in your page and got rid of them, I will tell everyone about it.

  • serenaaa

    you are the best!露珠我要给你生猴子!

  • John

    Incredible… I ran Spybot,adw cleaner(the most helpful) malwarebytes etc because I had ads coming up everywhere and the underlined words that produced ads. It was well
    Ran the above and still happened even though ADW got rid of most still panels at side
    So keep searching google and came across your web post… Thankyou. It was so simple I am using Chrome went to tools / extensions and what was there HD+ V2.1 (The villian) which was not installed by Chrome. I put it in the rubbish bin to the right and all gone.
    I did notice ADW had it listed as being removed but for some reason didnt remove it from chrome? Most probably as it was a Chrome extension. Sorry about the long winded response but thought others might use this shortcut which you do explain above anyway. Gee I was going to donate to any of the Malware progs above but none of them really succeeded. Thankyou again as it was driving me to a breakdown or a professional repairer.

  • hwangaddiction

    Thanks a lot!! You saved my life!! I was going crazy for a moment there.

  • Zenny Costa

    Thanks a lot!!! It was driving me nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Matt

    Very helpful! Thanks! It was driving me crazy!!!!

    Now I know how they have come about and how to remove them :)

    Matt

  • Oscar Donnachie

    from what I can see . . . . things are fixed now. thank you so much!! my laptop is a life line after some bad stuff last year and having this problem caused me great distress. I eally can’t put in words how much this means to me that you have this hear. thank you so much for this xXx

  • lucenatraveler

    What about for a mac?

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      What programs have recently installed? What browse extension you have on your browser?
      Can you please install Avast FREE Antivirus and do a system scan: http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-mac

    • serenaaa

      im using a mac and just reset the internet preference .all will be fine. also the chrome extension needs to be redo too.

  • IraDove

    Thanks a lot, that was really helpful! computer is faster and runs better now too :)

  • Mili

    You Sir, are God! Thank you!

  • Claude

    Thanks It works

  • J

    THANK YOU. I finally got them to dissapear!

  • Jocelyn

    amazing fixes! Thank you so much. You improved everything on my computer. Many thanks.

  • goldendousa

    T___T finally … thanks :)

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    What browser are you using? What programs have you recently installed? What browser extension have you installed ?

    • Josh Dench

      I have a Mac OS X with this irritating problem, ironically i think its adblock plus that caused this, had this problem a month ago, removed all extensions and it went away, didnt add adblock plus back until just yesterday and before long it was back again, This time removed the extensions and “tried to” uninstall google chrome altogether but theres no information on how to complete remove all chrome memory from your computer because when i reinstall it, still has all my bookmarks and browsing history saved. Please dont say just drag it into the trash, that’s no effective. Primarily though want to get rid of this double green underline malware.

  • Laura

    Thank you, that was annoying ! :-)

  • matt

    thanks a lot, couldn’t seem to find the problem till this site pointed out the possibilities it could be.

  • mc

    tnx

  • Northern Vista

    Excellent and timely advice thank you; Saaver Box published by sAver buoux was discovered in the extentions! Dumped it and it’s little green lines too!

  • DanZC

    WOW! Finally! THANKS!!!!!