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Remove Ads by Shopy Mate

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Shopy Mate virus, Shopy Mate adware | Type: Adware

What is Shopy Mate?

Shopy Mate is an adware-type program that, at the moment of writing, is actively spread around the Internet and used for questionable activities. Basically, all adwares seek to improve affiliate marketing, i.e. promote affiliate websites, increase their page rank, collect sale leads, generate pay-per-click revenue and so on. Unfortunately, these goals are obtained by tricking people in various ways. First of all, Shopy Mate tricks people into installing it. No matter if it gets inside noticed or unnoticed via free software, it tricks people into believing that it's a useful tool capable of surfing the net and looking for the best deals, coupons, promo codes and other shopping-related things. Since Christmas is coming, people are desperately looking for the Christmas gifts online. Thus, it's not surprising that they get tricked into believing that programs, such as ShopyMate will help them. Unfortunately, in reality it will save neither money nor time. In contrast, it may deliver tons of useless advertisement on every website that people are visiting and make it almost impossible to browse without clicking on them. By the way, people may continuously experience Shopy Mate redirects to unknown websites. This way, people can even lose their money because no one can assure that websites to which this plug-in is set to redirect are safe. Consequently, you may be rerouted to some reliable-looking shopping website that is managed by cyber criminals, decide to buy something there and get scammed after that. In order to stay safe, you should scan your computer with Reimage or another reputable anti-spyware as soon as you notice system slow downs, suspicious connections to the Internet, redirects to suspicious websites alongside 'Ads by Shopy Mate' on all most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

How can Shopy Mate hijack my computer?

If you noticed Shopy Mate ads during every browsing session, you should try to remember what free programs have you recently installed on your computer. That's because such and similar advertisements are caused by adware-type programs that, usually, spread around using 'bundling'. It means that it spreads as an 'additional component' alongside programs, such as audio or video players, download managers, PDF creators, etc. Once such a program gets inside, it may hijack all most popular web browsers, cause system slow downs, initiate redirects to suspicious websites, track user and his/her web browsing habits, collect web browsing history, display annoying advertisement and so on. All these issues can cause loss of non-personally identifiable information and infiltration of other unwanted programs. In order to prevent this happening, you scan your computer with a reputable anti-spyware as soon as suspicious advertising starts on your computer. In order to prevent installing unwanted programs the next time, you should always select Advanced or Custom installation option for installation of every freeware and opt out of every 'additional component', such as Shopy Mate virus.

How to remove Shopy Mate virus?

The most reliable way to get rid of Shopy Mate and similar programs is to run a full system scan and clean all potentially unwanted programs at once. However, you can try removing this app manually. But be aware that after manual removal it may still function via its registries.

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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Ads by Shopy Mate snapshot
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To remove Shopy Mate ads, follow these steps:

Erase Shopy Mate from Windows systems

  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 Shopy Mate and related programs
    Here, look for Shopy Mate 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'

Remove Shopy Mate 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 Shopy Mate 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'

Eliminate Shopy Mate 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 Shopy Mate 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 Shopy Mate removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Shopy Mate ads 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, Shopy Mate should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Shopy Mate from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Shopy Mate 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 Shopy Mate removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Shopy Mate from Google Chrome

  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 Shopy Mate 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 Shopy Mate removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Shopy Mate 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 Shopy Mate 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 Shopy Mate removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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