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Remove Shopswell adware

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

What is known about Shopswell adware?

Shopswell is a free application developed and powered by Playswell, Inc. It is classified as ‘adware’ and ‘potentially unwanted program’ (PUP). Such classification should discourage you from installing this application because it means that it has more downsides as you can imagine. Security experts distinguish the following negative traits of Shopswell adware:

  • ‘Bundling’ distribution method, which allows an infiltration without being recognized;
  • Third-party sponsorship and delivery of sponsored advertisements;
  • Usage of cookies and unauthorized collection of browsing-related information;
  • Misleading web browser’s redirects to affiliate pages;
  • Cause of web browsers (and sometimes overall system) slowdowns.

To prevent your computer from exposing you to unsafe websites, don’t install this browser add-on under any circumstance. If you have already installed it by accident, perform a full system check with Reimage and initiate a full Shopswell removal.

How do developers represent Shopswell PUP and how does it work for real?

Questions about Shopswell adware

Shopswell is introduced as a reliable browser add-on that can be downloaded for no cost. You can find very appealing promotion on the official website where the developer introduces this tool as “your own price stalker.” Furthermore, they state: “Who has time to watch for best prices? (Um, we do!) Did you know that prices can drop up to 30% on an item in a week? And if you’re talking about a phone or flat screen TV, that can be a pile of dough. Let us track prices and alert you when it’s time to buy!” Isn’t that appealing? In fact, probably everyone is dreaming about the app that would let to save more money. However, Shopswell malware is NOT like that. So how does it work?

Shopswell virus

The crucial aspect related to this app is related to its affiliates and its real purpose. In fact, Shopswell extension is used for promoting affiliate parties and boosting traffic to their websites. Thus, even though it delivers advertisements that contain deals, discounts, coupons, and similar thing, do not fall into believing blindly that those deals are the best. All “Ads by Shopswell” are predetermined, so prices on them may even be bigger. Even worse, Shopswell ads may contain suspicious or even malicious content, including fake software updates or misleading pop-up ads. Thus, by clicking on those ads you no only risk spending more money for needed items, but also experiencing Shopswell redirects to virus infected web pages. Not to mention, once this adware is injected into a web browser, cookie are enabled, and the browsing-related information is collected. To protect your PC’s IP address, search terms, PC’s location, and similar information, take needed actions and remove Shopswell virus from your Windows/Mac OS system.

How is this adware spread?

Shopswell ads usually show up withing IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari out of the blue. It means that the majority of the users did not visit the official web page and did not install it on purpose. Shopswell redirect virus is typically spread via software packages along with various freewares/sharewares. Thus, the only explanation why you have to see tons of pop-ups, banners, textual links, and similar content during browsing is the inadvertent installation of a freeware. To prevent such happening in the future, verify whether your selected freeware contains a list of ‘optional downloads’ or not. For this purpose, you should opt for Custom or Advanced settings and check each box. DO NOT skip any plug-ins, toolbars or extensions set by default as they can start causing serious havoc during your browsing.

How can it be removed from the PC permanently?

You can rely on yourself when we speak about the removal of adware-type programs. Since Shopswell is NOT a virus or another malicious application, it’s removal can be performed manually, but to do that properly, you should better follow the guide that is given down below. Nevertheless, you can use a more convenient and more reliable way to delete Shopswell virus, which automatic. Install any of the programs mentioned below and run a full system scan with it.

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 Shopswell adware, follow these steps:

Uninstall Shopswell 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 Shopswell and related programs
    Here, look for Shopswell 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'

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

Remove Shopswell adware 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, Shopswell should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Shopswell 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 Shopswell 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 Shopswell removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Shopswell 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 Shopswell 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 Shopswell removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Shopswell 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 Shopswell 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 Shopswell removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. H. Guti says:
    January 4th, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Shopswell ads are beyond being useless. Most of the items I found there feature higher prices than other sites, such as Amazon or eBay, offer. Dont get fooled guys

  2. Bro Rat says:
    January 4th, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Ads by Shopswell cant be closed, cant be replaced. You can only click on them and be redirected to affiliate page. Only then the advertisement disappears. I hate such experience because it ruins my day.

  3. Old Young says:
    January 4th, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Super useless!! None of the ads saved my money. Not a cent. Instead of that I had to fight through tons of ads and suffer those misleading redirections all the time. Thankfully, I removed Shopswell virus without difficutlies

  4. Melody Liu says:
    January 4th, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Shopswell is malware!!!!! Be careful. I had it on my PC and can confirm that its ads are dangerous. At least some of them

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