This article aims to help users remove Ads by Shopper-Pro AKA Powered by Shopper-Pro from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
You may have noticed that using the internet can be quite a dangerous undertaking these days. There is an enormous amount of software out there designed with the sole purpose to cause you harm. Suffering from a malware infection can be quite the headache and if worst come to shove you might lose time, money and even your identity if not careful.
Ads by Shopper-Pro is a computer virus from Adware subtype. While it is not something that has crawled out of some dark web corner you should be careful nonetheless. This type of malware has often been overlooked by both security experts and end users. One reason for this might be the seemingly innocuous main feature of Ads by Shopper-Pro. You will be greeted by tons of pop-up advertisements any time you fire up your web browser, you will also have to endure numerous site redirects. While certainly annoying it’s not something you are going to lose any sleep over, right? You would be only partially correct, because under the surface there are some very worrisome traits to Ads by Shopper-Pro that we would like to let you know about.
Causes for concern
Very often Adware viruses go hand in hand with Spyware. With spyware you will not be getting the endless stream of ads but instead something far more dangerous. Any time it is being installed onto your system it also installs a tracing component that not only monitors your online data but may also install keylogger as well. This is some nasty software that if you fail to notice on time will record what keys you are using most and record all this data to be sent to the keylogger’s creator. In such a way your passwords and user names are in immediate danger of being exposed. Not only that, more importantly you bank and credit card information might be stolen and that is a recipe for disaster.
It is pretty obvious the only way you can be completely safe is to remove Ads by Shopper-Pro from your device, completely and without any traces of the virus being left. We will show you how to do that, please feel free to leave us a comment or suggestion if we managed to solve your problem. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask – we will do our best to be of help.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by Shopper-Pro from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Ads by Shopper-Pro from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Ads by Shopper-Pro (Powered by Shopper-Pro)
Our first step here is a reboot in 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 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 W. 8 and 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 Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Please take notice that Ads by Shopper-Pro has infected all browsers present on your system. Even if you don’t use more than 1 or 2 normally you will have to apply Step 2 and Step 3 from our guide to each and every one of them if you don’t want the malware to resurface after your next reboot.
Again, for best results try to work in Safe mode. Due to the many different versions of this virus there is no guarantee that each step will apply universally to every affected user, if something in our removal guide doesn’t seem like it suits your case then continue with the next steps without fear.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Shopper-Pro . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Ads by Shopper-Pro should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by 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:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
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.
READ BEFORE PROCEEDING! VERY IMPORTANT!
You are almost there! The last few steps remain and you will be rid of the blight that Ads by Shopper-Pro is. Make no mistake though – the last steps are extremely important and at the same time very, very tricky especially if you don’t have previous experience with manual removal of malware. Please be advised to if you mess things up there is the very real danger that you may cause significant damage and even complete shutdown of your device. If you don’t want to risk this happening we strongly recommend you stop the manual removal method now and instead choose a professional remover to deal with Ads by Shopper-Pro.
You will not risk your system health and at the same time will be able to use the many features of a malware scanner, you never know what else might have been installed on your hard drive without your knowledge.
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.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
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. If you can’t find them 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
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STEP 7 – Optimization
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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.