Remove Surf and Keep
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Surf and Keep | Type: Adware

Surf and Keep is one of these programs that can start displaying continuous pop-up advertisements when browsing on the Internet. In most of the cases, this program interrupts PC users when they enter such commercial sites as eBay, Amazon and Walmart. However, it may also start interrupting them when they are visiting Facebook and similar sites. Typically, Surf and Keep shows up in a form of alerts that are filled with price comparisons, notifications about discounts and coupons. No matter that this entire process looks useful, you must beware that Surf and Keep is mainly used to promote related websites. Besides, the frequency of its alerts sometimes makes us think that it seeks to push people into visiting unknown websites sites against their will. If you see Surf and Keep Ads and you would like to get rid of them, you should check your computer for this program.


Just like Kozaka, Scorpion Saver and other commercial programs, Surf and Keep infiltrates computers in a bundle with freeware and shareware. This process can hardly be noticed, unless you pay an appropriate amount of your attention to the installation process of the freeware. Typically, you can prevent Surf and Keep's infiltration by eliminating the check mark, which agrees to install this program on the system. Otherwise, it will affect all Internet browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, and will start showing you its commercial notifications. If you see 'Ads by Surf and Keep', it means that this program has infiltrated your computer. In this case, we recommend following this guide and eliminating it from the system.

HOW TO REMOVE Surf and Keep ADS?

If you want to get rid of Surf and Keep ads, start its removal with the full system scan with one of these programs: STOPzilla, SpyHunter, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. Once you finish a scan and remove malicious entries, follow this guide to remove this program completely: 

Automatic Surf and Keep Removal Guide

You can remove Surf and Keep automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Surf and Keep Removal Process

Step 1

Uninstall Surf and Keep and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Surf and Keep or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Surf and Keep or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2

Remove Surf and Keep from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Surf and Keep and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter your preferred domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Surf and Keep removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Surf and Keep and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Surf and Keep removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Surf and Keep and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Surf and Keep removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Surf and Keep or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Surf and Keep removal process.

What is adware?

Adware is a program that displays advertisements while people are browsing online. Advertisements appear in a web browser, pop-up windows, special toolbars or within the host program. Adware also can gather information about user’s habits and interests. Once it collects what it needs, it sends it out through a background Internet connection. Such behavior allows adware vendors to deliver targeted advertisements to the end user and collect general statistics. However, it may also be used for stealing people’s private data.

Adware is divided into parasitical and legitimate applications. Illegal advertising programs are very similar to spyware parasites and often have some of their functions. They can be installed without user's knowledge and start working every time a computer is rebooted. However, they are less dangerous than rogues because the most of such parasites are primarily intended to collect user’s personal information for marketing and advertising purposes. Unfortunately, you can never know what other purposes it can be used for.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Surf and Keep:

•  Appearance of annoying pop-up ads
•  Appearance of banners and in-text ads
•  Redirects to unknown and suspicious websites
•  Changes in homepage and default search engine
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

Geolocation of Surf and Keep

This map reveals the prevalence of Surf and Keep. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.

QR code for Surf and Keep removal instructions

Surf and Keep qrcode QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Surf and Keep are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Surf and Keep right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2014-08-28 04:19
Information updated: 2014-08-28 04:19

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