This page aims to help you remove Smartwebads. These Smartwebads removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you are reading this article, then you are most likely subjected to the piece of software called Smartwebads. Its most defining feature are the ads that appear on your computer – whether they are on the browser window or outside of it as separate small windows – a fact that you are likely familiar with already. To think that people can invent programs that force ads on you was unheard of in the olden days, but is a fact today, even more so than ever. This is due to their increasing number, which goes up each day. They can be fairy annoying, to the point where you want to pull your hairs out, depending on your temper. But what never changes is how they work. They stand out from the rest of the malicious programs (such as ransomware), because of the collection of tools under their disposal and the fact that they don’t actually damage your PC in any way – just annoy you..
Adware, as these programs are called, brilliantly congregate to mislead you into interacting with the ads. If you do happen to click on any of them, you will be forcefully taken to an undisclosed website supplied with false ads. They could range from services to products with unbelievable prices. Trust us, if something is too good to be true, then it probably is and it’s actually a dangerous fake. Best practices include disregarding the ads completely, changing your browsing habits to prevent future infections from similar software. But the best course is , of course, following our guide to remove Smartwebads from your computer. Below, we will expand upon the topic of Smartwebads and how it affects your system. At the bottom you can find a resource of steps you can follow to completely uninstall Smartwebads from your system.
How does Smartwebads affect my computer?
Aggressive advertising is what best describes Smartwebads. You will notice it from the start of the infection, usually instantly. The software can enter your system from a myriad of locations, most common of them are software installers from popular download sites. In the old days, people used these channels to distribute freeware for benevolent purposes. However, these days there are individuals who abuse this medium by supplying ostensibly-looking freeware – when in reality its nothing but Adware. Its best to avoid suspicious looking download sites or ones that you don’t fully trust. Make sure you are informed of its reputation and feedback from users. Its more than likely Smartwebads came in by these means.
Once its within your machine, it undertakes its prime function. Thus, ads begin appearing all over – mostly residing on web pages – in your browser window or serving as separate, independent tabs. They come in different shapes and sizes. Each have their own, personal means of achieving their common goal – mislead you into clicking them. Let’s begin by listing them one by one, along with their description of appearance and mechanics.
- Banners are the rectangular boxes that reside at the exterior of the main content area. In other words, they sit at the sides or directly at the top / bottom. They are the least intrusive and obstructive, but compensate with their large size. They are easier to avoid, nonetheless.
- In-text ads are cleverly hidden inside the text as hyperlinks. You can usually distinguish them from the normal thing, because they are placed incorrectly or seem misplaced altogether. Sometimes, they may come with the next type of ad, popping out the moment you hover your mouse over the affected text.
- The last and certainly most intrusive are the pop-ups. They can appear immediately once you load a page or open as an independent browser window. They typically cover the entire content area and may be hard to close.
The goal of Adware, such as Smartwebads, is usually money. One way or another, they aim to steal it from you. Most of the ads come with the pay-per-click advertising model, which pays the developers / creators money every time you click. Some come with a pay-per-view model, which does what its name says. The incentive is always money, otherwise no one will bother making Adware in the first place.
Generally, Smartwebads doesn’t directly harm your computer. This is not a computer virus or a ransomware. At the most, it can gather browser related information to cunningly customize the ads to your liking, increasing its chances of deceiving you. Other personal data is rarely the main subject of these programs, since they only care about making you click on the ads. This doesn’t mean you should live with it. We recommend you take action immediately. Continue reading below to learn how to proceed with resolving the problem.
|Danger Level||Medium (Adware is generally not considered dangerous, but should not be underestimated either)|
|Symptoms||Appearance of ads displayed in various shapes and forms. Possible PC slow-down.|
|Distribution Method||Supplied with installers found on popular download websites and torrent pages.
|Detection Tool||Smartwebads 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 – Smartwebads 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 Smartwebads 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 Smartwebads from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Smartwebads 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
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