Shampoo Extension Virus

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Shampoo Extension on Chrome

Shampoo Extension on Chrome is a browser hijacking component that, although not directly harming the system, might still pose a danger to the system’s safety and security. For this reason, if you’ve noticed this rogue software on your PC, we strongly advise you to make removing the hijacker a top priority. There are a lot of people that’ve complained about the Shampoo Extension on Chrome because of the pushy advertising, popups, and page redirection that the program displays in the browser. In addition to being highly obstructive, these advertisements and redirects can leave your system vulnerable to malware attacks and/or may expose you to online scams, which is why this unwanted software should not be allowed to remain on your machine.

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Ads displayed by the Shampoo Extension virus may lead to phishing pages or pages containing malware

Browser hijackers like Shampoo Extension straddle the border between malware and a legal software category, despite the fact that they’re mostly harmless in the majority of cases. While there are many types of hijackers like Shampoo Extension out there, some are only software components that alter the user’s homepage or preferred search engine. Complex ones may be downloaded and run as a separate software on the computer, and they can impose a variety of system modifications and even provide a small amount of functionality inside the browser. There are also browser hijackers sites that utilize underhanded approaches, including bogus captchas, to obtain presence in the users’ Chrome or Firefox or Edge browsers in order to generate more visits and get higher rankings in the major search engines. The major purpose of all of these applications, sites, and software components like Shampoo Extension, is to earn money via various forms of online advertising, and that is what unites them all. However, the method used to accomplish this purpose raises serious questions about the security of a computer system when a typical hijacker like Shampoo Extension or Apps Extension is involved.

What is the “Shampoo” extension?

Shampoo extension is a malevolent add-on that installs on counterfeit websites that might feign authenticity. Shampoo extension seizes control of your browser, frequently redirecting you to alternative search engines or displaying undesired promotions.

What is Shampoo Extension on Chrome?

Shampoo extension is a malevolent web browser add-on that will reroute your browser’s search queries via dubious search engines and exhibit undesirable advertisements unrelated to the websites you are currently browsing.

The Shampoo Virus

At first glance, the Shampoo Virus seems to be nothing more than a browser add-on that displays advertisements on your screen and makes potentially unwanted modifications to the browser. However, the problem is that these ads may be linked to questionable and even illegal pages, where you may fall victim to phishing scams and disguised malware downloads. There are several ways to deal with this issue, but a lot of people may choose to simply ignore the Shampoo Virus and continue using their computers and browsers normally. We strongly advise against this because, as we said, the presence of this rogue software on your PC may put your virtual security and privacy at risk.

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NameShampoo Extension
Type Adware/Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Shampoo Extension!

How to remove Shampoo Extension

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Shampoo Extension in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Shampoo Extension from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Shampoo Extension.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Shampoo Extension.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Shampoo Extension from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Shampoo Extension extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Shampoo Extension and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Shampoo Extension on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Shampoo Extension extension
  4. Get rid of Shampoo Extension by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Shampoo Extension” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Shampoo Extension

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Shampoo Extension process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Shampoo Extension
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Shampoo Extension” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Shampoo Extension

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Shampoo Extension in there
    4. Uninstall Shampoo Extension from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Shampoo Extension-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Shampoo Extension in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is Shampoo Extension?

    Harming the computer indirectly may not be the intention of the advertising, page redirection and browser modifications, but these changes may be used as entry points for more harmful threats (such as Trojans, ransomware cryptoviruses and spyware) to infiltrate the PC. Besides, the lack of control over the advertising content offered by these browser hijacking applications and sites, Shampoo Extension and similar apps are a major source of concern.
    For instance, ads displayed by Shampoo Extension, Bottle Extension and Wigglewurm may lead to phishing pages or pages containing malware disguised as free applications and apps, especially if you don’t pay close attention and randomly click on what pops-up on your screen. Even though you can usually tell right away that these pages are malicious and should be avoided, some cybercriminals have gone to great lengths to make their harmful pages look as real as possible like Shampoo Extension for example, and this is when you risk of unknowingly exposing your online privacy and safety to the danger. That’s why, when a hijacker is installed, the only sensible thing to do is remove the program and all of its associated files and settings right away. This will protect you from being tricked into visiting phishing sites or pages that distribute Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware viruses and other types of malicious code.
    A comprehensive hijacker uninstallation guide is provided in this article to assist you in uninstalling Shampoo Extension from your computer. There is an anti-malware program included that can help you detect and remove all traces of Shampoo Extension from your computer, preventing the hijacker from automatically re-infecting your system when you restart it.

    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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