Smart Application Controller “Virus” Removal (September 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Smart Application Controller “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you are trying to figure out how has Smart Application Controller “Virus” invaded your computer, why it is flooding your screen with annoying ads, pop-ups and banners and how to permanently remove it, stay with us. On this page, we are going to discuss the nature of this program, its specifics, and the most effective methods which you can use to uninstall it without any risk for your machine. If you are concerned about your system’s safety, here is the place to say that you are not dealing with a virus or some serious computer threat. Smart Application Controller is a program that is classified as Adware and is specialized in showing ads on the people’s screens, not in causing harm to their systems. Unlike stealthy infections like Ransomware or Trojans, which try to hide deep inside the system, spotting an Adware is really easy because it usually integrates with your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or any other browser that you are using as default, and starts to fill it with different banners, box messages, popups and links of various shapes and sizes. At this point, you may experience irritation from the constant ads-disturbance on your monitor because after every advert that you try to close, a new one would likely pop up to replace it. Fortunately, we have a solution for your irritation and you will find it in the form of a detailed Removal Guide down below.

What may Smart Application Controller “Virus” do?

Smart Application Controller is a piece of advertising software which typically aims to expose its users to as many online ads as possible every time they try to browse the web. This program normally installs certain ad-generating scripts inside the default browser and uses its window to broadcast different pop-ups, banners, blinking boxes and new tabs. The purpose of this activity is to promote specific products, services, and web pages, but also to generate profits from sales, web traffic and clicks on the displayed ads thanks to methods such as Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View.

Smart Application Controller “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Smart Application Controller from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Smart Application Controller from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Smart Application Controller from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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!

Various businesses, online advertisers, and software developers actually use ad-generating programs like Smart Application Controller as tools that help them get their items better comercial exposure and earn revenue from clicks and page visits. In order to achieve their advertising and financial goals, however, they often employ aggressive and rather questionable marketing approaches.

The Adware programs are typically programmed to display hundreds of ads in a never-ending stream. Most of the pop-ups are usually tricky to remove from the screen and when the users attempt to close them down (normally by clicking on the “X” button) they often get redirected to different sponsored pages or get their browsers flooded with even more ads.

Probably, one of the main reasons why programs like Smart Application Controller are often considered to be potentially unwanted is the fact that they may be programmed to collect browsing-related data from the users and to later analyze the acquired data for the purposes of their promotional campaigns. After gathering information about your recent searches, bookmarks and browsing history, such pieces of software may try to determine your interests and may deliberately display ads, offers, and sites which you will be more likely to click on. This is yet another way to extract some more clicks from you and to further milk the Pay-Per-Click remuneration models.

Adware distribution models

Another questionable thing about Adware is the misleading installation methods that it often uses. Such software often makes the users wonder when and how it has become part of their system. Moreover, it is usually fairly tricky to uninstall such an app. Due to this reason, many people actually jump to the conclusion that they have been infected without knowing that, actually, they have installed the Adware on their system along with some other recently installed program.

You have most probably ended up with Smart Application Controller on your PC the same way – by downloading a software bundle or some new free application, which has had the Adware included in its installer as an added component. However, you have probably not paid much attention to that component during the installation process because it has not been specifically mentioned there. In fact, you have most likely overlooked the EULA and the detailed Advanced setup settings in the installer and you have proceeded with the Standard setup, which has installed additional programs on your PC by default. This is a common mistake that many users make and now that you know about it, you should make sure to avoid making it yourself in future.

Name Smart Application Controller
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Intrusive ad-streaming may take over your screen and interrupt your browsing. 
Distribution Method Software bundles and free installation packages are the most common sources of this program. 
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