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Remove ShieldPlus (Updated Guide)

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ShieldPlus software overview

ShieldPlus is a doubtful application that is described as a tool capable of protecting your web browsers from various cyber threats. Although the developers of it attempt to describe it as an advantageous program, it is not a useful program at all. In fact, security experts categorize it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware (ad-supported application type). It is worth pointing out the fact that ShieldPlus adware can be installed in a silent way – it is usually distributed together with other freeware programs. When this program enters the system, it starts its suspicious activities immediately. The first thing it does is that it installs ShieldPlus extension onto all web browsers and starts tracking your activity on the Internet. It gathers non-personal information, for example, your browsing history, clicks, search queries, downloads, your e-mail address, IP address and computer geolocation as well. All of this information is required to deliver ‘most relevant’ ads for you.

It is very suspicious activity that this program does – it claims to protect your computer from various risks while in reality it actually exposes it to various dangers. Moreover, it slows down the performance of your computer because it uses PC resources to load up the ‘ads by ShieldPlus.’ As we have already mentioned, it is an ad-supported program, and that is why it is going to send you an endless flow of various promotional content. You are going to receive ‘ads by ShieldPlus,’ ‘ShieldPlus deals’ or ‘ShieldPlus ads’ pop-ups and banners all the time when browsing the Internet. We would like to warn you that these ads might be dangerous. ShieldPlus adware is sponsored by third-parties, and most likely these ads are going to be designed in a way to cause redirects to third-party websites. That means that after clicking on one of such ads you can end up on an entirely unexpected web page.

ShieldPlus adware

Questions about ShieldPlus

Aforementioned redirects make pay-per-click revenue for the developers of Shield Plus. What is more, you should not try to explore the content on such websites as they can be filled with dangerous content or/and corrupted hyperlinks. You might accidentally install a malicious file or a program! If you are a security minded person, you should remove ShieldPlus as soon as possible before its ads lead you to harmful web sources. If you are looking for a program that would block advertisements, we recommend installing a reputable anti-spyware and keep it up-to-date. It will remove all adware, including ShieldPlus, and will protect your computer from similar infiltrations in the future. For example, you can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego anti-spyware software.

How can ShieldPlus hijack my computer?

Even though it can be installed on its official site, people seldom download it willingly. However, to spread it widely, its developers added ShieldPlus to various programs that can be downloaded from the Internet for free. Typically it is bundled with unknown download managers, video, music or music players and promoted on suspicious websites. However, well-known programs downloaded from reliable sources can also be bundled, so you have to be very careful to prevent installation of bundled programs. Fortunately, it is possible to download you needed program and refuse to install third party applications. For this purpose, you should always opt for Advanced or Custom installation option. This option shows all available checkboxes and allows to deselect those you do not want. For instance, you may be offered to install add-on, plug-in, toolbar, extension, as well as to change a default homepage or default search engine. NEVER accept to do so because it is most likely that you will accept to install adware, potentially unwanted program or browser hijacker. Having installed and keeping ShieldPlus on your computer may annoy you to death and pose harm to your PC’s system.

If you wish to remove this program manually, follow the instructions that are provided on page 2.

How to remove this PC parasite?

If you are suffering from ShieldPlus redirects, constant pop-up ads, and similar issues, you should remove it without any delay. Otherwise, you will experience the constant flow of pop-ups and banners every time you use any web browser. You can delete ShieldPlus virus with the help of a reputable anti-spyware, or manually. You can find the manual removal guidelines down below this article; or, you can use on of our recommended programs to remove this intrusive app automatically.

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To remove ShieldPlus, follow these steps:

Get rid of ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus and related programs
    Here, look for ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus 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'

Uninstall ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate ShieldPlus 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, ShieldPlus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. nocontrol says:
    January 20th, 2016 at 7:59 am

    very bad marketing strategy! Such unfair distribution technique makes this ShieldPlus software look like a virus. I want nothing else, just to get rid of it. It is a VERY BAD program that can annoy you to DEATH

  2. bobbyErick says:
    January 20th, 2016 at 8:04 am


  3. McKinley28 says:
    January 20th, 2016 at 8:05 am

    virus and thats all, just removed it, whoever who has this program should remove it too

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