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.
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone