This page aims to help you remove Smarter Password Virus. If you are wondering what is Smarter Passwords, we will provide an analysis on that as well. “Smarter password quitar”, “que es smarter password” and “smarter password c’est quoi” are just some of the few things we recently found piling up in our inbox, signifying a strong presence of this virus in non-english speaking nations.
Smarter Password Virus is widely believed to be an Browser Redirect type of computer virus. If you are looking for information about this type of threat and how to best approach in addition to, of course, comprehensive removal instructions, then you are in luck because you have found the right place.
Browser Redirect applications, as evidenced by the name derived from the words advertisements and malware, are mostly being characterized as annoying but not quite dangerous on themselves malicious programs. As you have probably guessed by the name, you will be bombarded with lots of unwanted ads in various forms, sometimes they might be pop-ups, other times not that easy to close down windows filled with advertisements, or simply ad banners. Also you may need to endure the frustrating browser redirects associated with this type of malware. In not so many words – when you try to open a specific web address but instead or in addition to another tab or windows is displayed, with a completely foreign and unfamiliar web site being on display.
What you need to know about Smarter Password Virus and other similar malicious programs:
It is very important not to be sucked in interacting with the ads or the foreign web pages that have been opened up. This type of virus can not harm you without your cooperation. And by cooperation we mean just that – don’t hesitate to completely ignore anything offered by the ads, not only will you be not missing anything remotely useful, you are probably going to spare yourself a lot of headaches. At least until you manage to remove this virus from your computer and we would be blunt about it – the sooner the better, as you will be limiting the possibility that your device might be attacked by something way more dangerous as a result of the exposure bright by Smarter Password Virus.
Since this may actually answer some questions that might pop-up during the removal process it is advisable that you take the time to read it carefully before starting to get rid of Smarter Password Virus. There are different “versions” of this computer virus out there. So it would be very hard, bordering to impossible to create a fully working removal guide for all alterations of the malicious program. What this means for you specifically is that some of the Steps you will encounter might not be relevant to your version of the virus at all, if that happens don’t panic and just move on with the rest of the instructions. Alternatively if you don’t find a solution to your problem or you need some additional information we will do our best to help you out, just holler at us in the comments section.
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Smarter Password Virus from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Smarter Password Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
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 SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
The first mandatory thing is to Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders. Read here more how to do it. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. Smarter Password Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
It is very important to remove this malicious software completely. In order to do that you will need to repeat Step 2 from our instructions for each and every internet browser you have installed on your hard drive. Most users fail to do that and only take care of the most used browser by them (in most cases Chrome or Firefox) and neglect all the others. Do not do that and be thorough in your quest to extirpate the Browser Redirect, or you risk the very distinct probability that it will reappear.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. 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. Also, Reset Your IE Settings
Remove Smarter Password Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
Remove Smarter Password Virus from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, delete EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Uninstall any suspicious programs. Also, 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 Start Key and R again – then copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. 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.
Right click on the Taskbar and choose “Start Task Manager.”
Then click 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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR YOU! MUST READ!
Just a few steps remain until you are completely Smarter Password Virus free. As with all good things though, first you will have to pass some pretty stern tests. The remaining instructions from our removal guide are quite tricky and hard especially for inexperienced users who have not had to manually remove malware before. And because you will need to manipulate important for the normal functioning of your OS files any mistake might lead to significant undesirable effects, even rendering your device fully inoperative.
We only suggest you continue with this removal instructions if you feel completely at peace with any undesirable results you might cause. If you don’t want to take any such chances then it is probably for the better to search for another solution. One such is to download and install a pro software to help you with this and any other similar problem in the future.
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.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “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/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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