This article aims to help users remove Enhanced Shopping Assistant from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Today we’ll be dealing with Enhanced Shopping Assistant, which by all indications is a virus of the Adware variety. It behaves in a pattern very typical for those viruses – it creates large quantities of unwanted advertisements (Ads) and it floods your internet browser with them. The trigger for creating these Ads is usually when you load a new page/tab/link, so they tend to appear very often.
The Ads Enhanced Shopping Assistant creates will certainly have a detrimental effect on your PC’s speed. As long as you have Enhanced Shopping Assistant installed your processor has to effectively load 2 or more pages whenever you open a link – the new site itself PLUS whatever Ads will be displayed. This doubles the workload for the CPU and can be a very slow and annoying process – especially if you are using weak internet connection.
Dangers of having Enhanced Shopping Assistant on your machine
Enhanced Shopping Assistant produces Ads which advertise for things you have recently searched for on the internet – which is definitely suspicious and questionable practice. But even if we put that aside there is also the fact that Enhanced Shopping Assistant may try to install different viruses on your computer under the pretense of free software.
Enhanced Shopping Assistant is not shy to create fake messages about potential problems – missing plug-in, required codecs and video players, virus infections, registry errors and more. It will then try to get you to download free programs that will supposedly fix the problem. These programs are rarely legitimate – they will either try to scam you of your money so they can work or they are just straightforward viruses. Whatever the case may be you DO NOT want them on your computer. It is best if you ignore everything originating from Enhanced Shopping Assistant until we remove it.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Enhanced Shopping Assistant 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 Enhanced Shopping Assistant from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Enhanced Shopping Assistant
Now before we start you have to consider the fact that virus creator like to tweak and improve the viruses they make in order to make them harder to get rid of. Thus over time there will be multiple versions of the same virus in circulation and the latest creations always require the most effort to get rid of. This behavior also applies to Enhanced Shopping Assistant. We’ve added all known&required steps for the removal of Enhanced Shopping Assistant into this guide, but this automatically means that not all steps may be required depending on what version of Enhanced Shopping Assistant you have.
Carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.
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.
Enhanced Shopping Assistant most certainly infected ALL of your internet browsers when it came in contact with your computer. Now we have to remedy that. Run steps 2&3 for every single browser installed on your computer. This explicitly includes any old browsers that are still installed, but you are no longer using, because they are infected as well. Make sure you are through, because if even a single copy remains Enhanced Shopping Assistant can clone itself from it and easily infect all browsers you have – again.
Be careful while you are doing this. Enhanced Shopping Assistant might try to create messages that will try to trick you into installing some free program or something else in a last ditch effort to save itself. It’s actually a trap – that program is just another virus or possibly even Enhanced Shopping Assistant itself, but renamed.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Enhanced Shopping Assistant . 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.
Enhanced Shopping Assistant 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.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
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 Enhanced Shopping Assistant 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.
WARNING! YOU MUST READ BEFORE PROCEEDING
Ahead we have the most difficult and dangerous step in our guide, but also one that is absolutely mandatory if you want to get rid of Enhanced Shopping Assistant permanently. Doing it wrong can damage your PC significantly, especially if you make a big error. If you are not feeling comfortable (which is understandable if you are not used to this), we advise you to download a professional anti-malware software that can remove Enhanced Shopping Assistant for you – risk free. When you are done with Enhanced Shopping Assistant you can also use to to scan your computer for other viruses. In fact the most dangerous ones do not reveal themselves to the user until it’s too late and can only be found by a deep scan.
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.