This page aims to help you remove Smart Web Ads. These Smart Web Ads removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. But before we proceed to the removal guide, let us take a look at what it is we are dealing with, what are its effects as well as its transmission methods.
What is Smart Web Ads?
Contrary to popular beliefs, strictly speaking, Smart Web Ads is not classified as a virus. That is because a virus is a piece of programming code that is malicious in nature, then there is also ransomware that will encrypt your PC. Instead, Smart Web Ads is classified as an adware. It is a program that is generally non-malicious and will not attack your computer, files and data – only your nerves.
This particular program is designed to be able to incorporate itself onto the browsers that are present in your computer, be it Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer. After incorporating onto your browser, it will appear as a search toolbar on your browser )or have no UI at all). Through this toolbar as well as various other features, it will be able to track and record all your browsing history, patterns, favourites and bookmarks. All this information will be used by the program to derive your taste and preferences. This will allow the program to create ads that are convincing and tempting to you.
How does it work
These ads can appear in the form of banners, pop-up boxes or ads, or even as a separate window. They may feature coupons, deals or even lottery win in a bid to get you to click on the ads. Since getting you to click on the ads is the purpose of the ads, all the more you should avoid doing it.
If and when you happen to click on the ads, you will be directed to another webpage that may or may not be what you intended. Regardless of whether or not it is of your choice, the page that you are being directed to, will not be of much use to you. It will even possibly endanger your computer.
If you are lucky, the page that you are being directed to will, actually, have the featured deal. However, such pages are those that you either frequently visited, or one that you have recently visited.
On occasions, you might be directed to a page that is a third-party pay-per-click site. When you enter such sites, the creators will be credited a sum of money, providing them with future incentives to create more similar programs.
There will also be times where the page that you are being directed to doubles up as a portal for other adware to access and enter your computer. Through this portal, other adware can access and enter your computer without you knowing.
Sometimes, the page that you are being directed to aggressively promotes the download of a particular program. Such programs, regardless of how good it sounds, are usually full of security loopholes which will poses as a serious security threat in the future.
Thus, it can be seen that regardless of the sort of pages that you are being directed to, it will be of no value to you and you are better off not having visited such sites.
How did infection occur?
Infection can occurs in a myriad of ways. A few of which could be the above-mentioned methods – by visiting one of the redirected pages and downloading problematic programs. Adware generally relies on the users consent (through usually it gets it by deception). It does not utilize virus tactics ir Trojans like ransomware does.
One of the often used method by creators for transmitting Smart Web Ads is via bundling. This is where the adware is being tied together with another more popular program as a set. This bundle will then be made available to for downloading. Such program bundles tend to be one of the free and illegal program downloads that are readily available on the internet.
However, there is always room for salvation if you have not yet install the program. This is also why, installation stage is the most important stage. When you proceed on the installation, make sure you have some time on your hand so that you are able to do a “Custom Installation” instead of “Automatic Installation”. At “Custom Installation”, you will be able to access the list of files that are to be installed onto your computer. Look through the list carefully and make sure to uncheck any names that appear unfamiliar, weird, questionable or just dubious to you. These are usually subterfuge for the files required for the adware. If you are wary and hesitant of unchecking files that you are not sure of, do not worry overly as you can always re-install the program if need be. As the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.
|Name||Smart Web Ads|
|Danger Level||Medium (Not as dangerous as Ransomware, but not to be underestimated) |
|Symptoms||Excessive display of ads – pop-ups, banners and more. Possible browser redirects. |
|Distribution Method||Software bundles download, torrents, direct installation from adverts. |
|Detection Tool||Smart Web Ads may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Smart Web Ads Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
- Do not skip this – Smart Web Ads may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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.
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 Smart Web Ads 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 Smart Web Ads from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Smart Web Ads 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
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