How To Remove Alpha Shoppers “Virus” (Nov. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Alpha Shoppers “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Provided that you are reading our article, you may be experiencing some issues related to Alpha Shoppers (a type of Adware) at the moment. As a result, and as it usually happens, you could have ignored the annoyance for some time, but you have already run out of patience and you have recently been looking for a way to help you remove the irritating flow of pop-ups and banners, showering your browser apps; and put an end to the bothering redirection that might at times take place. In the following passages we will be talking about the features of Adware in general, and Alpha Shoppers in particular. And we will begin with first explaining where the term ‘Adware’ actually comes from. In general, it is the common name for “advertising software”. As the word itself implies, Adware is a simple type of software producing some potentially unwanted ads in plenty of shapes and forms (pop-ups/ banners/ tabs and/or browser windows). Oftentimes the programs from this software category might even result in some redirecting processes, being conducted by all of your browser apps, including Firefox, Chrome, IE, Opera.

How does Adware normally function?

As it might be expected, generating ads is actually one of the most profitable activities any developer may become a part of. Therefore, more and more users nowadays happen to come across and get their devices contaminated by different versions of Adware. Here we will discuss the likely ways in which you might get infected by Alpha Shoppers particularly and Adware-based programs in general:

  • All users could catch any form of Adware while surfing the Internet. There are some web pages that are already contagious and spread such programs. When opened, any of those suspicious web platforms might try to get you to install an Adware program.
  • Another possible way of getting infected by a form of Adware is via downloading free software from the Internet. Some programmers may include it in program combos called bundles, a process helping them make some extra money. What we have to mention is that Adware doesn’t rely on anything illegal for its distribution. Normally, these advertisement-generating programs are simply just very annoying. Many Adware creators have completely legal businesses. Nevertheless, the need to make bigger profits could make them turn to creating and spreading Adware. One of the biggest marketing industry components is advertising as a whole, and showing a big number of ads in your browser apps is the same as the ad broadcasting on your TV.

Alpha Shoppers “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.


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. 

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If for some reason it doesn't remove parasite, go to "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> "Select Problem Type" -----> "Unremoved Parasit.e"

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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automaticallyIf it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Alpha Shoppers from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Alpha Shoppers from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Alpha Shoppers from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!

The typical effects of Adware on the infected user’s computer:

  • The intensive display of pop-ups/banners/other ads. Typically, Adware may broadcast an endless flow of possibly unwanted pop-ups. Oftentimes a whole stream of ads could pop up simultaneously. In other cases, the process of closing one pop-up could result in the generation of another one, which may make your browsing experience unbearable.
  • Sometimes, Adware may even slow down your PC to an extent. Such a scenario is likely as displaying streams of ads in various shapes and forms might drain the resources of your system. Thus, the computer performance as a whole may get compromised.
  • The ad campaigns you are experiencing may be constantly self-renewing as Alpha Shoppers may be capable of automatically matching the ad stream to your most usual or current online searches.

How to remove and avoid software such as Alpha Shoppers:

The only always effective tip is to focus on prevention all the time. You may be perfectly capable of avoiding a probable ad-related problem, but it could sometimes be really time-consuming to resolve it later on, once it has become more serious. The advice below could be what you need to counteract and prevent any future Adware-caused infection:

  1. Ensure that the installation processes you perform are always safe by choosing the “Custom/Advanced” installation option, mainly when you install something from of a software bundle, downloaded from the world wide web, as they are the most typical ad-producing software sources.
  2. Under no circumstances should you allow any newly-installed program to change your system in any way, or any of the browser apps (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox) installed on it.
  3. Make sure that you update your browser settings and check for shady looking plug-ins or add-ons regularly.
  4. Your operating system also needs to be regularly updated.
  5. Your antivirus and firewall also have to be switched on and kept up-to-date.

SUMMARY:

Name Alpha Shoppers
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Aggressive ads might be bothering your web surfing experience. A general slowdown of your device is possible.
Distribution Method Via spam, various torrents, streaming web pages, however, especially often found inside bundles and shareware.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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