This page aims to help you remove SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy). These SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you’ve reached this article it’s likely because your computer has been infected by a malicious application called SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) and you need help with its removal. SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) belongs to a family of semi-legal rogue applications called Adware. These programs specialize in displaying pop-up Ads and banners in your internet browser. Most of them, including SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy), can be hard to get rid of, as disabling their Chrome/Firefox/IE extension is unlikely to fix the problem permanently. We’ll give you all the necessary information to remove this pest in our removal guide found at the bottom of the article, but please don’t rush there just yet. It is important to learn some basic information about these types of threats, so you know what to expect of them and also how to recognize them. Learning to spot these applications for the danger they are before they enter your computer will always be your best defense against them. Removing and uninstalling them afterwards is just a waste of your time.
SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) – a brief introduction on how it operates
Adware of this type exists to create money for its creator. This is achieved through a monetization system of affiliates. Basically the creator of the Adware will try to spread it as much as possible. Every time an operator on an infected computer clicks on one of the links a small sum of money is paid to the owner behind SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy). In truth that is not all that different from how legal advertisements operate – at least in theory.
In practice SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) is much more invasive and very hard to get rid of. The Ads it creates are persistent and will show on nearly every page you visit; pop-ups will appear whenever you close or open a web page. There is no turn-off button. Only a complete removal of the Adware will stop this behavior.
The Ads created by this Adware are not merely annoying, they can also be very dangerous. Various scam sites and software companies prefer to advertise their fake products exclusively through programs such as SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy), precisely because very little quality control is maintained. This makes clicking the Ads and especially downloading/purchasing anything from them an incredibly bad idea. Often you’ll be bombarded with Ads that proclaim your PC has serious problems, that it is full of viruses or that It needs optimization. Don’t believe anything that comes in the form of an Add. If you are really experiencing some sort of technical difficulties with your machine search for qualified help (like you did by finding our site) before deciding on purchasing any software of dubious quality. Free offers are even worse – nearly always it is just parasitic software you’ll need it remove in addition to the Adware.
SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) – commonly used installation tricks
Most people infected with this Adware do not remember installing this program themselves. Windows may have many faults, but randomly installing foreign software is not one of them – unless some virus or Trojan horse is involved of course. Fortunately, it appears that SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) relies on a tried&tested traditional trick called program bundling.
- A program bundle is basically the installer of one program that has several other programs added to it. Any user that choses to run this installer by using the Default or Quick installation option will also install all these added programs on his computer. Needless to say you’ll never get anything useful out of this deal. Program bundles should be avoided at all times and the best way to avoid getting infected in this way Is to always select the Advanced/Pro installation option. It takes only a couple of extra clicks to get the same result as default, but in the meantime you’ll be given a complete list of the components that are about to be installed. Remove any program that is not needed by the main program regardless of how useful it may seem on first sight.
Other methods in use may involve fraudulent online Ads, email attachment spam or fake (bot spammed) recommendations on forums, blogs or the like. Whatever the method used always pay attention when you are installing an executable file. Adware is mildly annoying, there are many other viruses in existence that are much more unforgiving.
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|Distribution Method||Software bundles, deceptive installers (.exe files) downloaded from torrent trackers.|
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) 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.
SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) Removal
NOTE! If you are a Mac (OS X) user, you need to follow a different guide to get rid of the pop-up ads . Here it is:
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this step. SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.
Repeat Step 2 for ALL browsers you have installed.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable. If your Home Page has been hijacked, go to —–> Internet Options> change the URL to whatever you use —> Apply. Reset Your IE Settings
Remove SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click (top right) ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove. Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
Remove SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy) from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. Find the malware and select
Click —> Settings —> Search —> Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but your normal search engines. Reset Your Chrome Settings.
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) as well.
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.
In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:
If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
A BIG WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to SmartShoppy (Smart Shoppy). If you do not feel you can do this, download a professional remover.
Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> 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 they don’t show 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random