DISCLAIMER! This article is directed at removing Ads by ShopSafer from your machine. Please read it in full, because it contains not only the removal guide, but also some general information on how Ads by ShopSafer operates and infects your computer. The last bit may actually help you recognize and avoid other malware.
Ads by ShopSafer – a short overview
According to its way of operation Ads by ShopSafer is classified to the Adware virus family. It, like the rest of its kin, works by generating a large volume of unwanted advertisements in your internet browser. The type of ads varies greatly and can be (but not limited to):
- Offers for cheap deals
- Prompts to install missing plug-ins
- Requests to download video players in order to view something
- “Free” malware or virus removal tools
Do not be fooled, everything comming from Ads by ShopSafer is a fraud, it aims either to waste your time, rob your wallet or install more malware on your computer. The proper initial response to Ads by ShopSafer is to simply ignore it – close its windows whenever possible and shut down any downloads or installs via task manager.
If you are experience slowdown when the ads pop-up this is normal, because in fact Ads by ShopSafer will generate the ads via your own CPU unit and it will target your interests by analyzing your browsing and search history. This on its own is worrying, but worse yet it might also snag your credit card number and password and upload them to its owner.
- Private data should be encrypted, but don’t take any chances! After you have removed Ads by ShopSafer go ahead and change your important passwords.
How did you end up with this pest in the first place?
Most Adwares (and Ads by ShopSafer is no exception) actually rely on the PC owner to install them. To get him to do that, adware developers employ a large range of misdirection and camouflage tactics. Some of the most popular ones are listed below:
- Bundled with a free program – free program developers are paid to include adware as an “extra” in their installer. When installing free apps you should always opt for the advanced/expert installation option. In 99% of cases you can deny installation to the unwanted adware and still install the main program.
- As an infected downloaded file – there is a large range of fraudulent download sites who pray on unexperienced people. These sites copy your search query and generate a file by that very same name – hitting a 100% match and often make it to 1st or 2nd page of search engine. The file is of course a virus. Spot these by looking for the file extension. Viruses will always come as an .exe file/ an archive which contains an .exe file. NEVER install .exe files unless you downloaded them from the site of the official developer.
How to Remove Ads by ShopSafer
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:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
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.
Ads by ShopSafer 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 Ads by ShopSafer . 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.
Ads by ShopSafer 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 Ads by ShopSafer 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 after you supposedly removed it, 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.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by ShopSafer. 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.