Ads by Shopping Buddy Overview
Ads by Shopping Buddy is a browser-operating virus, which primarily displays intrusive advertisements. There are however several other things that distinct it from the majority of adware on the net (adware is a portmanteau word coming from “ad” and “malware”) and that is its ability to infect you not only with others of its kind, which is usual, but bring aboard ransomware – a type of virus that encrypts your files, taking them as hostage, and then asks for money if you want them back. Ads by Shopping Buddy is one of the few viruses that are really confirmed to cause this – usually we know this may happen, but we have little in terms of confirmed reports.
However there is a silver lining to everything. In this case, we sincerely hope that you found this guide the moment you realized you were infected. In order for a ransomware to successfully infiltrate you, you need to be manipulated into installing it. Fortunately, we have a pretty good idea how Ads by Shopping Buddy will try to do this, so we will list the most prominent ways:
The number one way, used almost all the times: fake updates. These can be a bit tricky, because they are made to imitate the real thing extremely well. The key to remember here is that if there are indeed some real updates, they definitely won’t disappear after you remove the virus, so simply ignore everything until you are done. The updates are not exclusive to web browsing. They can be about Java, Flash Player, Acrobat Reader or even Windows.
We’ve also detected that Ads by Shopping Buddy can pose as an anti-virus program. This is the most dangerous way for unsuspecting users, because we typically trust our protection. The scam will take the form of asking for permission to update the database, to scan, or to confirm a regular check-up. The programs that can be imitated are most likely Kaspersky, Norton and Avira, but there may others too.
As you’ve noticed, your browsers are covered with hyperlinks and advertisements. Be especially careful not to click on any of these, because 75% of the time they open up at least 1 more window or tab aside from the ads. These redirects are to websites where a download will likely start – a virus. You have a few seconds before that happens, so be quick and close the tab/window. If you can’t do it on time, a .exe download will begin – cancel it. If you can’t do even that, you need to open the Task Manager and stop the process of the setup that has begun. Don’t cancel the setup. Ads by Shopping Buddy and its buddies are such filthy things that chances are, the installation will progress anyway.
How to Remove Ads by Shopping Buddy
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Ads by Shopping Buddy has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Shopping Buddy . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Ads by Shopping Buddy should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Shopping Buddy and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by Shopping Buddy. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.