AlphaShoppers is an ad-generating piece of software (or the so-called Adware), which typically causes irritation and disturbance to web users thanks to the enormous amount of popups, banners and blinking boxes it can display.
It usually tends to install various ad-generating scripts inside all the browsers that you might be using, including Chrome, Explorer, Firefox and others and does not let you uninstall them unless you fully remove the adware. In the next lines, we will give you some more details about the typical behavior of programs like AlphaShoppers as well as the possible issues you may face with them. We will also provide you with a free removal guide and a trusted removal tool, so you can safely get rid of the unwanted ads and bring your browser back to normal. Just make sure you carefully read everything that follows and let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below.
What is adware capable of?
Adware generally stands for software, which is programmed to generate and display a huge number of advertisements. What these ads may look like may vary – they may appear as links, pop-ups, banners, new tabs or blinking boxes, and all of them may intrusively prompt you to click on them every time you open your browser or make a new search. Software developers usually create such pieces of software in order to earn from Pay-Per-Click or sponsored ads positioning, but the activities of the adware may become very irritating at some point.
Many web users question the legitimacy of programs like AlphaShoppers and often refer to them as viruses. However, in reality adware programs are not considered to be viruses. They operate as online advertising tools and serve the needs of the online marketing industry. This and other adware programs have not been reported as malicious so far, therefore, we cannot put them in the same virus category as the malicious Trojans, Ransomware and Spyware infections. Adware may display tens of ads and may really annoy you with its nagging popping notifications, but it will never steal your passwords, corrupt your data or encrypt it like a Ransomware cryptovirus, for example. Still, most security experts, including our “How to remove” team, consider such programs to be potentially unwanted. The reason is, as harmless as they are, they may indirectly expose users to some online hazards. For instance, AlphaShoppers may often redirect them to some sponsored sites, the legitimacy of which may not be confirmed. Additionally, it may display ads that may be compromised or misleading. Speaking in general, clicking on randomly displayed messages is never advisable as it may lead to an infection with a nasty virus without knowing it. That’s why, our advice is to stay away from the content, provided by adware and other ad-generating applications, or directly uninstall these pieces of software form your system in order to avoid intentional or unintentional ads interaction.
What distribution methods may AlphaShoppers use and how to keep such adware away from your PC?
We already said adware has nothing in common with viruses. This means it cannot infect you through one click. To end up with a piece like AlphaShoppers on your PC, you actually have to install it the way you install any other software. This happens mostly via software bundles, which are installation packs, containing two or more programs, bundled together. You may frequently come across such bundles because they are free to download on various freeware or shareware sites, links and spam emails, and usually offer you to install some free or attractive application as the main software. The problem is, you may not be clearly notified about the presence of some additional programs (adware, browser hijackers and browser tools) and the moment you run the automatic Wizard, you may end up with them on your system. That’s why we advise you to perform the installation of any new software by using only the Advanced/ Custom/ User options and carefully read the EULA of the setup. This is the only effective way to prevent adware programs and other potentially unwanted pieces from entering your PC.
How to remove AlphaShoppers?
It is possible to uninstall the adware scripts and get rid of all the ads by uninstalling AlphaShoppers with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below. A professional tool is also at your disposal, should you need automatic assistance.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Ads, pop-ups and banners may frequently interrupt your browsing activity|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, free download links, shareware sites, freeware platforms, torrents, spam emails and attachments.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
AlphaShoppers Virus Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove AlphaShoppers from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove AlphaShoppers from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove AlphaShoppers from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!