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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 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 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 virus
4Shared 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 can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they 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

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall 4Shared and related programs
    Here, look for 4Shared or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Eliminate 4Shared from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for 4Shared or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove 4Shared from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 4Shared and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 4Shared removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete 4Shared from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, 4Shared should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of 4Shared from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clean your browser from additional 4Shared content:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select 4Shared and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 4Shared removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase 4Shared from Google Chrome

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

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select 4Shared and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 4Shared removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall 4Shared from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for 4Shared or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. 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 4Shared removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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