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Remove SurfBuyer ads (Improved Guide) - Nov 2016 update

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

All the things wrong with SurfBuyer virus and its ads

Questions about SurfBuyer ads

SurfBuyer virus is an adware program which has been labeled as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Its main purpose is to stealthily sneak into computers, take over the control of the browser settings and start delivering various third-party deals and sponsored advertisements. Though it is not technically a virus, SurfBuyer is an annoying application that is difficult to eliminate from the computer. Because of these reasons, the users refer to it as a virus. Essentially, SurfBuyer adware is almost an identical copy of other ad-based programs such as My ShopMate, HotShoppy or SmartShoppy. Windows user can relax — this adware primarily targets Mac OS X and displays SurfBuyer ads on Google Chrome and Safari browsers. Unfortunately, Windows owners will not remain safe for long. The developers of this questionable tool have already announced about the upcoming release of the versions for Windows and Mobile. This means that more people will be forced to encounter the intrusive ads by SurfBuyer. Although offers that this program provides at first seem legitimate useful, we want to warn you that they can be (and often are) deceptive. Below, you can find an explanation of how this program works, and understand why it is better to remove SurfBuyer.

Screenshot of the official SurfBuyer page

This ad-supported program collects pieces of information the entire time it lurks in the computer system. It is mostly interested in user’s behavior, so it gathers data such as what advertisements the user views, what browser he/she uses, main language, websites visited, and so on. Then it analyzes the collected information and finds out what type of content the user explores on a daily basis. What is more, the authors of SurfBuyer malware admit that they “reserve the right to use and disclose Non-Personal Information to third parties, including, advertisers, sponsors, business partners, investors, affiliates, and consultants, at our sole discretion.” This adware aims to deliver ads related to user’s interests, but that doesn’t mean that they are actually useful. Beware of ads by SurfBuyer, because they can display attractive offers but be designed to redirect you to highly suspicious websites. In other words, these ads can be used as bait to trick you into clicking on them. Some of these ads lead to secure websites, but others might connect you to malicious domains. We do not think that it is safe to click on these ads, so we recommend you to stay away from them. Besides, the number of pop-ups and banners this adware sends to users usually annoys them to death, and that is another reason to eliminate this software from the computer. Luckily, you do not have to invite a computer technician to do this – you can uninstall it using Malwarebytes or even manually. You can find full SurfBuyer removal instructions beneath the article.

Techniques of adware dispersion

You can end up installing this SurfBuyer unknowingly after adding a free program to your Mac that promotes this adware. Be very careful when installing software and watch out for software bundles (they look like individual programs, but always suggest installing additional software alongside them). Usually, software installers ask the user how he/she wants to install it – using Default, Standard, Custom or Advanced settings. The user should choose Custom or Advanced settings because these disclose what programs are added to the main one and allows the user to reject them. Thus, using these settings you will be able to notice and cancel the installation of SurfBuyer as well. 

Where to get started with SurfBuyer removal?

It is not hard to remove SurfBuyer virus, but you definitely need to be careful when doing it. If you have never tried to uninstall an application from Mac manually, please follow SurfBuyer removal instructions – they will help you to get rid of these annoying ads for good. If you do not want to mess with this program manually, use anti-malware software to delete it from your Mac. You can find some programs you can use below this article; to find more alternative programs, please check the Software page on our site.

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To remove SurfBuyer ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall SurfBuyer from Mac OS X system

Access Apps folder and remove SurfBuyer application. Do not forget to view the full list of installed programs and remove all suspicious applications. Then clean your browsers.

  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 SurfBuyer 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'

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

Remove SurfBuyer from Google Chrome

Remove SurfBuyer extension from your browser. Also, look for other suspicious elements that you may not remember installing on your device and eliminate them as well.

  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 SurfBuyer 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 SurfBuyer removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate SurfBuyer from Safari

Delete SurfBuyer and the related components from Safari using these instructions:

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

About the author

Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. Fleek says:
    November 14th, 2016 at 11:10 am

    very strange. I cant believe macs are vulnerable to spyware, too..

  2. Pjerro says:
    November 14th, 2016 at 11:11 am

    SurfBuyer ad network is insane. It sends me different ads every day. None of them seem useful. I hate them!

  3. Picollini says:
    November 14th, 2016 at 11:12 am

    SurfBuyer is the most useless piece of software i have ever owned.

  4. twix says:
    November 14th, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Extremely disturbing ads.

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