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Remove SmartZoom ads (Free Instructions)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

SmartZoom adware description:

SmartZoom ads can be extremely irritating, especially if you are trying to work on your computer. These ads show up randomly, and they usually provide various e-shopping deals, price comparisons, discount codes, coupons, and so on. These ads by SmartZoom usually appear in pop-up windows, but you can also see them as banners or in-text links on the websites that you visit.

Unfortunately, it is not a good sign if you see these ads. They are powered by a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which is supposed to promote affiliate marketing. Although it claims to be a good program that can be used to zoom in content on the web, it is completely worthless because you can simply use built-in zoom tools both on Windows or Mac computers. SmartZoom is also classified as an adware program. This classification was made due to unpleasant activities that this program initiates:

  • Stealthy installation without user’s permission;
  • Usage of computer’s resources to load up ‘ads by SmartZoom;’
  • Promotion of third-party websites that are usually unsafe;
  • Gathering of information about the user and his/hers browsing activity.

SmartZoom virus sends ads

You should never click on ads that this dubious software sends to you. Keep in mind that they look catchy only because SmartZoom monitors your browsing activities and gathers information from your search queries and browsing history. Moreover, clicking on these ads can pull the trigger, and you might end up on rogue web domains that belong to insecure third-party pages. Such redirects earn pay-per-click revenue for SmartZoom developers. Sadly, most of the web pages you might be forced to visit might contain suspicious content, and you should avoid browsing through these web pages. Also, you should never download anything from them! Otherwise, you might accidentally install a malicious file and infect your computer. Of course, we cannot guarantee that ALL the SmartZoom related sites are infectious, but it is better to avoid the potential risk. That is why we recommend you to uninstall this adware program from your PC using a reputable spyware removal tool – Reimage.

How did SmartZoom hijack my PC if I did not give my permission to install it?

Questions about SmartZoom ads

Commonly, SmartZoom PUP is spread together with freeware and shareware, so if you tend to download free programs online, you might download a software pack accidentally. Take note that the developers of rogue apps make agreements with the developers of legitimate freeware to spread these programs together.

Sadly, the only way to see whether your selected program includes bonus apps is to attentively read programs’ Terms of Use and Privacy Policy documents. Such documents should disclose information about ‘promotion of third-party software,’ if your selected program has any ‘optional apps’ attached. If it does, you need to refuse to install them. For that, opt for Advanced or Custom installation mode, and selected agreements to install unfamiliar programs.

In case SmartZoom virus has already infected your computer, we invite you to study the removal guide our research team has prepared for you. You can find it on page 2.

How to get rid of this program?

Needless to say, SmartZoom virus is a program that is hardly useful in any way. It can do nothing more than the computer’s built-in tools can do, but it provides tons of unnecessary promotional content, which is annoying. As you have probably already understood, to avoid getting these annoying SmartZoom ads, you need to uninstall this app from your system. Scroll down to find the manual removal guide that we have prepared; of course, you can remove the discussed program automatically too. Use one of our recommended programs to get rid of 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 SmartZoom ads, follow these steps:

Remove SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom and related programs
    Here, look for SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase SmartZoom 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, SmartZoom should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom 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 SmartZoom removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Hellno says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:22 am

    How come Ive got infected with this??! Anyone knows what apps can promote this? I want to avoid them!

  2. 2-spyware team says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Dear user,
    There is no particular list like that. All we know is that it can be spread with many freeware programs, and the best way to prevent installing it unintentionally is to install programs carefully. Make no mistake – always choose Advanced or Custom installation mode to avoid installing hidden attachments. Then, simply deselect the agreements to install unfamiliar and never-heard-of apps.

  3. vigas says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:23 am

    virus!!! smartzoom has no use, slows computer down and gets u a headache!

  4. Babe1993 says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I know what youre talqin about… This stupid ad installed itself without even asking me if I want that. lost my nerves completely until I figured out how to get rid of it. it can really confuse you if you are not a computer geek, you know? its hard to remove this virus. well, at least for me it was. maybe someone was luckier than me and figured out how to remove it faster! lol

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