This page aims to help you remove TechSmart. These TechSmart removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you’ve come across TechSmart Computer on your system, you have most likely noticed an increased amount of ads that are being shown to you in a very annoying and invasive manner, while you’re surfing the Internet. These might be pop-ups that just keep reappearing, or perhaps your page is being redirected all the time and it’s really getting on your nerves. Most times it’s even just myriads of banners all over the pages you usually visit, but never saw there before. In some cases you could have noticed that random text in articles or other such written material appears as hyperlinks.
All of the above are symptoms of your browser, whether you’re using Chrome or Mozilla, being integrated with TechSmart. It is by all means a nuisance, but don’t confuse it with a virus. Viruses are a type of malware and are harmful to your PC, therefore no need for panic just yet. Follow the steps in this guide and you will be TechSmart-free in no time. Adware is much more easier to remove than dangerous computer viruses.
TechSmart – the basics
TechSmart Computer belongs to the software category of adware. Obviously, it’s called that because of its characteristic trait of distributing tremendous amounts of (unwanted) ads throughout your browsing experience. The reason for this – same thing that makes the world go round: money. The developers make a profit from every voluntary or accidental click you make on their banners and links. Naturally, they don’t really care what you do after that and just how badly disappointed you may or may not be when you realize that you’ve been redirected to something completely different from what the offer said. Yes, those ads that parade across your screen might very well be baloney..
And as if that weren’t bad enough. There’s also the very real possibility of you being transferred to some shady website with the risk of being infected by something far worse even than this adware. Piece of friendly advice: don’t click the ads. Don’t follow the banners, don’t fall for the attractive discounts – these are all traps set up for the ignorant and the naive. Would you like to know the full extent of TechSmart’s questionable nature? For those ads to be somewhat appealing to you the developers need to know something about you, like where your interests lie. So they find this out by spying on you, in a sense. They gather your search queries and personal information you enter, along with the pages you most visit and analyze all this in order to tweak their ads to suit the user. And when all is said and done, your browsing data is then sold to third parties. We assume you understand how serious the consequences of possible identity theft and other cyber-crimes could be.
Why TechSmart is on your computer
We explained the mechanisms of how adware works; now we’ll shed some light on how it sneaks into your system. For the most part, it’s through program bundles. In other words, it’s tied up with another program, which you would most likely have downloaded from one of the many open-source download sites. Small digression: try to avoid those, for the sake of sparing yourself the time and energy of dealing with what mess could follow. Then, as it goes, you proceed to install the program and when you do that, you’re given the options of either Default of Custom installation. If you choose the former, you’ll be allowing the software to implement whatever additional little programs there might attached to it, but the latter will allow you to remove them from the list of things that are getting installed. Other possibilities may include having downloaded TechSmart Computer by clicking on one of the aforementioned ads – more reasons not to ever do that.
Life is all about learning and learning comes with experience. Hopefully, you will have learned some things from the experience of contracting TechSmart as well. Let’s go over those things and add a few tips to them, shall we?
First and foremost, is to avoid getting involved with the problem, than having to clean up the mess it makes. By this we mean: stay off obscure download platforms with equally obscure content. This also means to keep your cursor away from the various ads and banners you may come across – it’s unlikely you will find something there for yourself. If you absolutely must download something from somewhere unsafe, be sure to choose the advanced installation options. And finally, do make sure you have a running antivirus program of your computer. Preventing these things from entering your computer is generally much easier than having to remove them afterwards.
|Danger Level||Medium (May lead you to harmful websites and may result in your data misuse, if your information is sold to third parties)|
|Symptoms||Many pop-ups, your page might be redirected without your consent. Websites might be plastered with banners and ads of various kinds.|
|Distribution Method||Typically through program bundles. Might also be via email or through other adware or ads.|
|Detection Tool||TechSmart may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
TechSmart Computer Removal
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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 – TechSmart 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.
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 TechSmart 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 TechSmart from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove TechSmart 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!