This page aims to help you remove the Smarturl.it “Virus”. These Smarturl.it “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you have noticed an increased amount of irritating advertisements disturbing your usual web browsing, chances are you have been infected by Smarturl.it “Virus”. This program belongs to the software class of adware, and though it’s relatively harmless, it can be quite the nuisance. Many people mistakenly think of adware as a virus or other form of malware (=malicious software), but we would like to assure you that this is not the case. The sole purpose of Smarturl.it “Virus” is to bombard you with ads of all sorts, including banners plastered all over various websites, pop-ups constantly appearing out of nowhere, uncalled for page redirects, random hyperlinks in ordinary texts, etc. The idea is to get you to click on these ads and by doing so, you will be generating income for the developers. This is possible thanks to the Pay per click scheme, on the basis of which adware is built.
However, though this is not malware (again) and cannot be compared to far more dangerous programs like Trojans or ransomware, we still do not recommend keeping Smarturl.it in your computer. Not only because it interferes with your day-to-day browsing experience, but also because it has the potential of causing damage in time. Read on and we will tell you more about how adware works, its drawbacks and how to stay safe. Of course, you’ll also find the instructions on how to remove this pest in our removal guide below.
How the Smarturl.it “Virus” infects PC’s
There are several ways Smarturl.it could have gotten on your computer, the most common of which is the so called method of program bundling. It is the practice of pairing one program (like this one) with another one, which users would typically want to download of their own free will. The catch here is that the potentially unwanted software isn’t directly made known to you, until you reach the setup menu and even then its visibility will depend on the installation settings you choose. So, if you opt for the default setup, you will automatically be allowing the predetermined settings to be implemented and this could include the installation of a program like Smarturl.it. The easiest way of preventing this from happening is to choose the common or advanced setup and then you will have the possibility of saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to whatever additional programs or features that might be bundled in. It is also quite possible for Smarturl.it to be distributed via other ads or adware, through spam emails and so on.
As we’ve pointed out above, it’s really not recommended you let Smarturl.it remain on your PC because it has the ability of causing trouble. First of all, and this is the least of your worries, it can slow down your computer’s performance and even cause your browser to crash. On the more concerning side of things, it can attract more adware programs or may even lead you to malicious websites, from which viruses can be downloaded.
In addition to this, adware is known for collecting and storing your personal information as well as details like your search queries, browsing history and even favorited pages and bookmarks. All of this data is gathered and analyzed in order to provide you with ads that would be more appealing to you, and make you click on them. However, the risk of this information being sold on to third parties is fairly high, and the dangers that may follow can be quite severe with serious consequences.
Needless to say removing Smarturl.it is the best action you can take… and quickly.
How to protect your computer?
The simplest, most obvious way to protect your computer from getting infected by adware or other undesirable programs is avoiding shady websites, which suggest they might be harboring any such software. It should go without saying that you should also refrain from downloading any content from places like that, too. This includes all sorts of freeware, open-source download platforms, torrent sites, etc. If, however, you have gone as far as downloading something – make sure you choose the custom setup options and untick any additional programs you are unsure of.
We also recommend caution when opening spam emails and especially if you decide to follow any links or banners in them. These could potentially result in infection and not only with Smarturl.it, but also genuinely harmful programs like ransomware, for example. And of course, your PC must at all times be equipped with a good antivirus program, to ensure a safer browsing experience. Run virus scans frequently, in order to make sure nothing suspicious has made its way into your system.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Myriads of ads flooding your browser in the forms of banners, pop-ups, hyperlinks, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Most commonly via program bundles, but also via spam emails, other ads or adware|
|Detection Tool||Smarturl.it may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Smarturl.it may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Smarturl.it from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Smarturl.it from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Smarturl.it from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!