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Ads by SmartOfferDisplay. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as SmartOfferDisplay ads, SmartOfferDisplay virus, SmartOfferDisplay adware | Type: Adware

What is SmartOfferDisplay?

You can find SmartOfferDisplay add-on promoted on it's official website where it offers to use its 'Contextual Targeting' engine and receive personal advertisements that are based on your interests. Such and similar description is typical for all adware-type programs. SmartOfferDisplay is yet another ordinary adware that seeks to convince people that it's able to enhance web browsing experience and help save time and money by enabling comparison shopping. Unfortunately, it can hardly be useful for you in any way. Contrary, it may cause you various computer-related issues that may disrupt your web browsing activities heavily. Once inside, it may start tracking your web browsing activities and collecting such information as mostly visited websites, time spent on them, data entered, your search queries and similar non-personally identifiable information. After that, you may start receiving personalized 'Ads by SmartOfferDisplay' as promised; however, no matter how attractive and appealing those advertisements may seem, beware that SmartOfferDisplay virus is used by third parties in order to boost traffic for affiliate websites, increase their rank, sales, and to generate pay-per-click revenue. Thus, some of those ads may be fake and redirect you to the websites that are not related to the displayed deals. For example, you may be rerouted to a dubious online website, certain service offering website, etc. that may be filled with sponsored ads, links, installers and other content that may be used for spreading potentially unwanted or even malicious programs. Thus, do not hesitate and use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage in order to remove this adware and prevent its redirects.

How can SmartOfferDisplay hijack my computer?

Adware-type program, including SmartOfferDisplay, can usually be found on official websites. However, people seldom fall into believing that such and similar programs are capable of saving their money. By the way, we believe that the majority of people are already aware of annoying advertising and try to avoid that on their computers. However, SmartOfferDisplay ads can show up unexpectedly. That's because this ad-supported extension often tricks people into installing it without being noticed. It spreads around as an additional component along various freewares and sharewares, is indicated in a misleading manner and is installed by default when users fail to opt out of it. Thus, if you are one of those people who tend to click the 'next' button all the time during freeware's installation, it's very likely that you will also be tricked into installing this adware and experiencing suspicious redirects. If you want to avoid that, you have to forget Quick or Basic installation and NEVER rush when installing free software. Instead of that, you should be prepared to read all lines that are provided to you during installation no matter how long they may be. It's a must to select Advanced or Custom installation option because only this way you will be allowed to see all available check boxes and opt out of additional components. Look through everything step-by-step and opt out of such add-ons as SmartOfferDisplay.

How to remove SmartOfferDisplay virus?

SmartOfferDisplay redirects may take you to suspicious websites and trick into installing other suspicious programs. Do not wait until this happening and scan your computer with a reputable anti-spyware and get rid of this app. By the way, you can try removing it manually:

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To remove SmartOfferDisplay ads, follow these steps:

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Delete SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay and related programs
    Here, look for SmartOfferDisplay 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'
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Eliminate SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay 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'
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Remove SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall SmartOfferDisplay 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, SmartOfferDisplay should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay 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 SmartOfferDisplay removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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