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Shopperify Virus

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In the article below we are going to describe a program from the family of Adware – Shopperify “Virus”. Among its characteristic features we can distinguish the sometimes annoying display of various online advertisements such as banners and pop-up. When it comes to the Adware category (the software group this program belongs to), we should point out that all the programs belonging there may only influence or change one component of your system – all your browsers (from Safari to Chrome and Firefox). Scroll down and continue with the article if you are really interested in all the info about this particular Adware version or the whole category generally.

General characteristics of Adware and specifics of Shopperify “Virus”:

What we can definitely mention about this type of software, called Adware, is that it is certainly an expert at generating online advertisements. All its representatives have been designed with that objective – to broadcast advertisements to the users and “inspire” them to buy the promoted products or services. In fact, most ad-related programs are perfectly legal. They have been developed as a result of the mutual efforts of producers and programmers, and serve to achieve the most effective way of promoting various goods. Both parties benefit from the ads greatly as they could generate sufficient profits for the people involved.

Why might some users falsely believe Adware is malicious?

In general, as we have mentioned above, there is really nothing bothering or illegal about Adware and Shopperify “Virus” in particular. Nonetheless, some annoyed users could still mistake such programs for viruses. This can happen because of their quite spoiled image – the broadcast ads may really annoy or confuse some of these users, and they could perceive them as really intrusive or bothering. That’s the most likely reason why this software has often been dubbed potentially unwanted. Still, talking about Adware in general, there is nothing that may suggest that producing advertisements is a malicious process.  For instance, if we take a Ransomware version (real malware), it CAN and DOES infect your device on its own. Then such a virus could illegally scan all your data for the most regularly used files (based on the number of the times they’ve been accessed). After that, all these files will certainly get encrypted and you – bullied into paying a ransom to the dishonest hackers. On the other side are the Adware-type programs, which could simply perform two somwhat suspicious activities – display too many ads while you are surfing the web; and match these ads to your last online searches by following your recent Internet activities. In spite of that, Adware could never access or modify any other component of your system.

How you are likely to end up infected by Shopperify “Virus”:

The possible means of distribution may indeed be many in number and different in nature. From a torrent-sharing web page to a program bundle, Adware could be lurking everywhere. Still, the most widely-exploited source are the software bundles. Such freeware sets, including new apps and recently-introduced games, could appear very tempting to you. As a result, you may want to download or try some of them out. The issue with that might be the possibility that they might contain ad-producing programs or hijackers and you are sometimes NOT informed about this fact. You could simply get encouraged to install the whole bundle and that’s how the streams of ads might come. Our advice for you is to simply learn how to perform a wise and successful installation process. The most detailed option that allows a manual installation process is highly recommended. The only two installer options which are able to perform such an installation process are these ones: the Custom (sometimes Customized) or the Advanced one.  Select either of them and you get the chance to select what to install on your computer!

How to avoid such annoying programs in the future:

The process of prevention when we talk about Adware starts with the abovementioned way of installing any type of software you download from the Internet. Also, you have to learn to avoid the places where such software may be hiding such as torrents, movie-sharing web pages or other ads. You may also have to purchase a better anti-virus tool as well as enable your browser pop-up blockers. See our Removal Guide for instructions on how to get rid of Shopperify “Virus”!


Name Shopperify
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some annoying ads might be appearing inside your browsers because of this program.
Distribution Method Pretty much anywhere on the Internet, but generally – inside bundles.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Shopperify “Virus” Removal


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading ComboCleaner to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press  (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.



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 ComboCleaner
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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:


Now click on Sample at the bottom:


Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.


Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Privacy in Safari

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove Shopperify “Virus” From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove Shopperify “Virus” From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally useAfter that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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