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Remove SoftwareEnhancer adware

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as SoftwareEnhancer virus, Ads by SoftwareEnhancer | Type: Adware

What is SoftwareEnhancer?

SoftwareEnhancer is a dubious browser add-on that has been classified as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) due to the fact that it tricks people into installing it without being noticed and causes a real havoc on their web browser. It can be added to all most popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Therefore, no matter which one you are using because this plug-in is capable of affecting them all at once. As soon as it does so, you may be bombarded by tons of annoying pop-up ads marked as 'Ads by SoftwareEnhancer'. These ads may annoy you to death because it may be difficult to avoid clicking on them, or if you accidentally click on one of them, you may be immediately redirected to unknown website. We highly do not recommend buying something on the websites to which you are redirected because you may disclose sensitive information, such as banking information to various cyber criminals. Besides, browsing on websites to which SoftwareEnhancer redirects is risky because no one takes responsibility for their content, which means that they may also try to promote questionable content. Some of the users report that they were tricked into installing another potentially unwanted program after clicking on SoftwareEnhancer ads. Be aware that this questionable adware may try to download various potentially unwanted programs by connecting to the Internet behind your back. And finally, we recommend scanning your computer with Reimage or another reputable antis-spyware in order to remove all potentially unwanted program from your computer because they may track your browsing activities and use gathered information for various porposes.

How can SoftwareEnhancer hijack my computer?

SoftwareEnhancer is a misleading browser add-on that may cause you various issues and may pose the risk to your cyber security. As we have already mentioned, it may track you, modify various settings, display intrusive ads, connect to the Internet without your permission and force you to visit unsafe websites. Thus, even though it is not considered to be malicious, if you have noticed its presence on your computer and you are sure that you haven't downloaded such application, you should not delay its removal because otherwise you may experience all aforementioned inconveniences. In order to prevent such and similar infections in the future, we always recommend installing a reputable anti-spyware and keep it up-to-date. Moreover, you should be more careful when downloading and installing freewares on your computer. It is advisable to avoid visiting unknown websites and installing unfamiliar free software. Moreover, make sure that you select Advanced or Custom installation and check everything carefully. Look for check boxes that contain optional download. Be aware that additional components are often somehow related to 'coupons', 'deals', 'discount', 'video', and may offer questionable service, such as to enhance web browsing experience. Don't accept to install additional components at all because most of them later appear to be potentially unwanted programs.

How to remove SoftwareEnhancer virus?

SoftwareEnhancer ads and redirects may be stopped only after removing. You can do by running a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware or by removing it manually. If you have never tried removing adware manually, follow the guidelines that we have prepared below.

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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SoftwareEnhancer adware snapshot
SoftwareEnhancer adware snapshot

To remove SoftwareEnhancer adware, follow these steps:

Erase SoftwareEnhancer 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 SoftwareEnhancer and related programs
    Here, look for SoftwareEnhancer 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'

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

Remove SoftwareEnhancer 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, SoftwareEnhancer should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Uninstall SoftwareEnhancer 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 SoftwareEnhancer 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 SoftwareEnhancer removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase SoftwareEnhancer 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 SoftwareEnhancer 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 SoftwareEnhancer removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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