What is SurfBuyer? This guide will help you remove SurfBuyer Ads from Safari and other browsers popular with Mac OS X.
The program the following article is going to focus on, SurfBuyer, is a program, whose only purpose is to display numerous ads inside your default browser (whatever it is: Firefox, Chrome or Explorer) varying in their form (pop-ups, banners, tabs, boxes), shape and color. What these ads have in common is that they are not web-page-hosted ones and the intensity of their appearance may start bothering some users.
What is SurfBuyer?
SurfBuyer belongs to the Adware category of software. All Adware-based products do exactly what SurfBuyer normally does: they generate pop-ups, banners and other advertisements. That’s probably why the image of this kind of software is not that positive. Many users may still mistake them for viruses, because they can be incredibly annoying and intrusive. To be completely precise, they are far from any form of malicious software in terms of their behavior and the consequences for the infected user. Malware typically does some harm to your PC – it may either lock some files up, it sometimes even blackmails the affected users in case of an infection with a Ransomware virus. Other types of malicious software might be capable of stealing all your personal data, including bank account details. What SurfBuyer might do is track your browsing and based on the acquired data storm your browser only with ads that fit your interest profile. Some of the advertisements could in fact redirect you to pages that contain a variety of cyber threats, including Ransomware, Trojans, etc. Still, there is really no proof to back up such implications.
SurfBuyer might appear particularly shady and questionable because of the way it gets installed on your PC. On the one hand, many of the affected users are not really aware of the presence of such Adware programs in the software they agree to incorporate in their systems. On the other hand, given the Adware’s inability to infiltrate any machine on its own, it is the users who let it in, knowingly or unknowingly. Usually you might end up suffering from ad-generating software when you download program bundles. Such bundles may consist of some newly-developed programs, browser hijackers, Adware-type products and others. Often such software combos are available for free. The thing you should remember about software bundles is how to install them properly. Performing an excellent installation in terms of safety will give you the chance to access the EUCA and thus, have all the necessary information about a given bundle. The only possible installation feature in case you want to be free from the irritating ads and you want to surf the Internet undisturbed is the ADVANCED one. By selecting it you will ensure that no program sneaks into your system without you knowingly agreeing to that. Other places where Adware and SurfBuyer could be found are all spam emails, all free stream-video websites, some shareware and torrent-sharing webpages, as well as any infected page that you visit.
Why so many ads?
You are already aware of all the typical features that SurfBuyer may have. You may be interested in the reason for the production of such a great number of pop-ups, boxes, banners and new browser tabs. The answer is that the developers who agree to spread ad-displaying software actually earn money for that. The amount of money is usually based on the number of generated ads and sometimes on the number of the ones you have (accidentally or nor) clicked on. That’s how more and more programmers are financially motivated to distribute Adware and browser hijackers, as by doing so they ensure some additional profit for themselves. This is a well-known strategy, which the marketing industry successfully exploits, called pay-per-clicк.
To remove SurfBuyer or not to remove it?
The answer of this question strongly depends on the patience and endurance that you possess. Some users might find that such ad campaigns as far too annoying. For others this may not be the case and they may be able to stand the ads. However, our advice is to always uninstall such ad-producing programs, as they are rarely of any actual use. Of course, you may find some great deals in the ads but this is not the normal case. Normally, you just find your browsing experiences disturbed or made impossible. We have developed our removal guide below to help you cope with this ad-related issue once and for all. We are just asking you to go over it extremely carefully, so that afterwards you can be able to implement the steps there successfully.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A number of pop-ups, banners and box ads that might disturb your surfing activities.|
|Distribution Method||Normally inside program bundles, however, shareware websites, torrents and spam are also possible sources.|
|Detection Tool||parasite may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter - a professional parasite scanner - to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Mac users should make use of our Ads Removal Guide for Mac.
Additionally, you need to do the following to ensure the removal of SurfBuyer:
- Open the “Go” button and select “Applications” from the drop-down menu.
- When the Applications folder opens search for Software-Updater files. Now drag them to the trash (or right click -> send to Trash)
- It is possible you also have a folder called SurfBuyer. If that is the case trash it too
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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- Do not skip this – SurfBuyer 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.
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.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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 SurfBuyer 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 SurfBuyer from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove SurfBuyer 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!
This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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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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