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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 ReimageIntego 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

To remove ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus (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.

Remove ShieldPlus from Mac OS X system

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

Remove ShieldPlus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for ShieldPlus-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 ShieldPlus, 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 ShieldPlus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the ShieldPlus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus-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

Delete ShieldPlus from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase ShieldPlus from Google Chrome

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 ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus-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 ShieldPlus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of ShieldPlus 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 ShieldPlus 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

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

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Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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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

    THIS APP DOES NOT PROTECT YOUR PC. IT UNPROTECTS IT

  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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