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Remove Smart Shoppy ads (Tutorial)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Why is Smart Shoppy extension NOT recommended using?

Even though Smart Shoppy looks like a legitimate application, security experts have recently provided more than enough arguments that prove the unreliability of this tool. Judging from the representation that its developers provide, this extension may appear to be a ‘shopping assistant’ that is supposed to provide users with the information regarding the best deals, discounts, and coupons. However, that’s just a clever marketing strategy that is used to lure you and other PC users into downloading/installing Smart Shoppy virus.

In reality, this cross-browser extension is classified as ‘adware’ and ‘potentially unwanted program’ (PUP). It means that it’s not even going to provide you with any beneficial service because its sole purpose is to exhibit all kind of advertisements (pop-up ads, pop-under ads, banner ads, interstitial ads, textual links, new tab ads, etc.) to promote affiliate parties. There is no doubt that by displaying predetermined advertisements Smart Shoppy adware receives financial income. However, the problem lies deeper. Ads that it generates are prepared and monitored by affiliate parties who are not checked or monitored, so there is a risk they may try to promote unwanted software or even spread virus infections using Smart Shoppy ads. Thus, before you fall into installing this adware, think twice if you want to risk your PC’s security.

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What issues Smart Shoppy hijack can cause?

Smart Shoppy malware is compatible with Windows platform only. Thus, if you are using Mac OS, you can calm down as this pest cannot affect your machine. However, if you are running Windows OS and has recently noticed “Ads by Smart Shoppy” withing Chrome, IE or another web browser, you should start worrying. Our recommendation would be to check Add/Remove Programs List, Windows start bar, and Task Manager. If you find Smart Shoppy or smartshoppy.exe there, then there is no doubt that the system is infected with this adware (also known as PUP). Even though Smart Shoppy adware does not exhibit malicious traits on its own, it is potentially dangerous due to several reasons:

Questions about Smart Shoppy ads

First of all, it may diminish web browser’s speed and cause you inconveniences while browsing;
Second of all, it may deliver commercial/non-commercial advertisements filled with hyperlinks to unchecked third-party pages. Thus, you may not only be annoyed by a huge flow of pop-up ads by Smart Shoppy. Accidental click on any of those popups can make you land on the unsafe website.
Malware research towards this adware has revealed that Smart Shoppy redirects can make people visit pages that contain adware, browser hijacker, malware infected links, fake software update prompts, etc.
On top of that, this doubtful browser add-on can use cookies, what means that it can monitor your web browsing activities and report affiliate parties about your interests on the net. Consequently, you may start receiving more eye-catching advertisements or may even find your email spammed.

Therefore, if you suspect that this tool is hiding in your machine, you can run Reimage Reimage Cleaner or another anti-malware and remove Smart Shoppy virus quickly and easily. If, however, you would like to find about other adware removal options, you should open Page2 and analyze manual and automatic removal methods.

What options do I have for this adware/PUP removal?

Smart Shoppy removal can be carried out:

  • Using a professional anti-malware. Automatic removal option is recommended in case of any computer infection because it helps to eliminate all unwanted apps, malicious programs, registries, and similar components. Thus, to remove Smart Shoppy virus once and for all, our recommendation would be to use one of the programs offered below.
  • Manually using the instructions provided at the end of this post. Manual adware removal is also efficient, but this way you risk leaving some additional components or other PUPs, which is why your PC may not function properly.

Finally, we would like to encourage you to be more careful when installing freewares/sharewares on the system. Smart Shoppy and similar add-ons are typically spread via software packages. Thus, to protect the system from such unwanted guests, you have to check Advanced/Custom settings of each freeware and disable all additional components by unticking check marks.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Smart Shoppy ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall Smart Shoppy 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 Smart Shoppy and related programs
    Here, look for Smart Shoppy 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'

Eliminate Smart Shoppy 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 Smart Shoppy 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'

Get rid of Smart Shoppy 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 Smart Shoppy 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 Smart Shoppy removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Smart Shoppy 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, Smart Shoppy should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Remove Smart Shoppy 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 Smart Shoppy 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 Smart Shoppy removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. Kim Volkmar says:
    January 7th, 2016 at 3:52 am

    I saw Smart Shoppy ads until I disabled the extension from Chrome. I did not did anything else

  2. OrangeSocks says:
    January 7th, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Ow my, lucky you. I disabled Smart Shoppy extension too, but popups didnt disappear. I used Spyhunter to fix this adware

  3. Barbara says:
    January 7th, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Luckily I dont receive those fake Smart Shoppy ads. At first I found them quite useful, but then I noticed that the bigger part of those pop-ups expose to unknown pages that offer to install other software. Isnt that suspicious? Course it is

  4. Rachel Ha says:
    January 7th, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Such a sh** Slows the browser down and covers the page with useless ads. Thanks 2-spyware for helping me with Smart Shoppy removal!

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