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Remove 4Shared (Removal Guide) - updated Nov 2018

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

4Shared is a website that promises useful features, like improved online searches but promotes suspicious tools

 4Shared adware

4Shared is a potentially unwanted program which spreads with the help of other programs. Technically, it is not a virus, and you can be sure that it won’t pose harm to your computer. So, there is no surprise that it has its official website and relies on third-party download sites to spread 4Shared.dll and other files. However, it seems that you can download this program to your computer without realizing that.[1] An adware is compatible with various operating systems and can be installed on different mobile devices. While the trial program's version is free, you will be constantly encouraged to pay for the premium version. No matter the cost ($10 per month) seems reasonable, keep in mind that this is a potentially unwanted program that can leak your credit card information and similar data.

Name 4Shared
Type Adware
Detected as Program.4shared 
Main symptoms Delivers deceptive ads, redirects to promotional websites
Possible danger Collects various information about the user and can share it with third-party companies
Promoted as A useful tool that cleans your device or even improves the security
Price for the premium version Differs from 6.50$ to 10$ per month for the Premium version
Distribution Software bundling, deceptive websites
Removal Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for system cleaning and 4Shared removal

The software bundling is the reason why you should start monitoring every installation process. Otherwise, you can allow 4Shared installation on your computer when downloading freeware from questionable sources like deceptive websites or promotional advertisements. 

Also, there are some additional things that you should know about this application. The first of them is continuous pop-up ads that may start appearing right after installing this program on the system. They may appear in the form of advertisements, in-text links, banner ads, pop-up ads, and similar alters.

Beware that such messages may show up as soon as this program infiltrates a computer and that clicking them may cause unwanted redirects to the affiliate websites of 4Shared or partners. These redirects often expose malicious content and visiting these pages may lead to infiltration of additional programs. You may notice other browser content installed without your knowledge:

  • browser extensions;
  • plugins;
  • bookmarks;
  • tools.

Finally, this application may start tracking your browsing on the web and may collect information, which is related to your browsing habits. To avoid revealing your email address, IP address and similar data, you should stay away from banner ads, underlined words and similar notifications that are caused by 4Shared adware.[2]

Data tracking issue is even admitted on the Privacy section of the website:

We may also collect additional data through our Digital Properties that may include (a combination of) Personal Data elements, such as:

  • Location information & IP address
  • Device information such as browser type, mobile device type and identifier, screen resolution, operating system, and device Advertising ID
  • Log information such as the date and time of a visit or use of Digital Properties, pages visited on this Service and areas accessed in the App, time spent viewing the Digital Properties, and return visits to the Digital Properties, your 4shared account ID, and your 4shared account activity.
  • Wireless Network usage information including, but not limited to, network performance, network usage details of mobile applications, mobile identity, precise location, and network access point identifier. Such data shall be collected and shared with non-affiliates only in accordance with DAA Principles.
  • Aggregated information as you and others browse and use our Digital Properties.

If you have already noticed annoying ads on your PC's desktop that are labeled as 'ads by4Shared', '4Shared ads', 'brought to you by 4Shared', etc., you should ignore these alerts and also remove this program from the system.

Otherwise, you will see its ads on all of your web browsers that are installed on the system. For the 4Shared removal of this app, we recommend selecting Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other system cleaning tool.

You need to remove 4Shared by scanning the system entirely and following the steps that the program suggests. This is the best option when dealing with PUPs because you may have more intruders on the system than you think or can see. Anti-malware tools detect these programs and delete them from the system

4Shared virus4Shared is a website that promotes useful features. However, it is an adware that redirects your online traffic to possibly malicious sites.

Additional PUPs come from insecure freeware installations

If you found a suspicious program on your computer, you can be sure that you downloaded it there in a bundle with some download-manager, PDF document creator, video recording or steaming program. To avoid such downloads, you should always try to pay more attention to freeware’s installation process by choosing a Custom or Advanced installation.

Also, find these check marks that say that you agree to download one or other application, change your start page or similar, and uncheck it. If you downloaded this program, other experts[3] and we recommend eliminating it from the system. 

You need to remove 4Shared using reputable tools

To remove 4Shared from the system thoroughly, you need to pay close attention while eliminating applications and programs from the device. You need to delete all related apps, extensions, toolbars, and add-ons if you want to get rid of the unwanted adware behavior. 

However, it is not easy since the program comes to your system silently. We recommend checking the system with anti-malware tools to make sure that it's free of dangerous applications and finish 4Shared removal procedure. To uninstall this program and additional content manually, follow the instructions below the article. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove 4Shared, follow these steps:

Uninstall 4Shared from Windows systems

Clean the system and remove 4Shared

To remove 4Shared from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to 4Shared (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate 4Shared from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove 4Shared from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for 4Shared-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove 4Shared, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to 4Shared and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the 4Shared-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 4Shared from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 4Shared and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 4Shared removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete 4Shared from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the 4Shared-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of 4Shared from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clean your browser from additional 4Shared content:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to 4Shared and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case 4Shared did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete 4Shared removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase 4Shared from Google Chrome

Follow this guide and remove 4Shared virus or any other application from your Chrome browser:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to 4Shared by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the 4Shared-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete 4Shared removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall 4Shared from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to 4Shared and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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