Were you infected by Shopper Pro? We have prepared extensive Shopper Pro removal instructions that are free and easy to use, compatible with all versions of Windows.
Shopper Pro is a virus, which belongs to a family of viruses known as Adware. The behavior of Shopper Pro is very typical for a virus of this type – if will create a large amount of unwanted Ad messages every type you start your browser. The goal of this article is to help you remove Shopper Pro, as well as provide some insights on how your computer became infected. Knowing this should help you spot similar viruses and block them from entering your PC and causing you a headache.
Viruses don’t really change all that much
First of all remember that many viruses are getting “recycled” over the years. That is whenever a virus has run it’s course and people have learned how to easily remove it the creator of the virus is likely to change it. Sometimes the changes are purely cosmetic and the same virus is launched under a different name, other times the code might be tweaked just enough to fool existing anti-virus programs. In any case the virus is then relaunched.
What doesn’t generally change all that much is the ways these viruses infect computers. There may be some novel approach adopted now and then, but the core is mostly the same – a couple of tried&tested tricks. Recognizing them is a great way to reduce risks for your PC. We’ve tried to list some of them below:
Commonly used methods to spread viruses
Ads of all kinds are a great backdoor for viruses. The Ads you see generated by Shopper Pro are not only fraudulent, they are also dangerous. Any file acquired through some of those Ads you download and run on your machine will be infected with some kind of virus. Sometimes it will be just money grabbing scams, but it can be all kinds of viruses, including nastier business like Trojans and Ransomware (the virus that locks all your files and demands payment to unlock them). DO NOT click on those Ads.
Through fake system messages. Ever seen some banner claiming that you have a missing plug-in? Or maybe a pop-up waring you that you have a number of viruses on your computer? Or maybe some kind of problem with the registry? All such messages are always fake and the solutions they offer is in fact a virus.
Program bundles. Especially popular with Adware – this is one of the most likely reasons how Shopper Pro ended on your computer. When you are installing some sort of program there is a possibility that the installer of that program contains a number of extra applications that it will try to install along the main one. Very often, especially if the installer is for some freeware software, one or more of the extras will be an Adware virus. For this reason it’s always better to use the advanced installation option so you have an idea what is getting installed.
Remove Shopper Pro
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button , then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Shopper Pro has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Shopper Pro . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Shopper Pro should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Shopper Pro and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Shopper Pro. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.