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Remove SurfMate ads (Free Instructions) - Removal Guide

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

How practical are SurfMate notifications?

If you are searching for a way to boost up your shopping rate, SurfMate virus is surely not the app to be trusted. It is none other than adware-type program which is oriented to Mac OS users. In other words, this PUP is likely to hijack the latter sooner than Windows OS users. Nonetheless, it does not mean that you should let your guard down. When this adware settles on the computer, your browser‘s performance greatly deteriorates. First of all, it is likely to append its sponsored extensions. They are promoted as tools to enhance your browsing and shopping experience. Though there are extensions which supposedly save your money [1], we do not recommend using them. It is often the case, that similar programs and extensions collect quite much personal information in order to deliver most relevant offers. Therefore, not all of them ensure the high-class protection of such important data. On the other hand, the disclosure of Web of Trust user data selling case reminds to remain critical while browsing [2]. Proceed to SurfMate removal and get acquainted with the prevention tips.

Questions about SurfMate ads

After taking a look at the front page of this application, it becomes evident that the application is mainly targeting female population as it provides an ability to find discount codes and suitable offers faster. It claims to deliver only targeted SurfMate ads and ensures that users will not go to any trouble during the installation. This adware application has an identical design to several other applications, such as ShoppyTool, etc. However, the number of identical applications with slightly altered title suggests that the owner attempts to fill the market with their applications. In fact, these programs might fall to meet users’ expectations. They are more inclined on collecting users’ data rather than providing relevant information. Popping ads in the middle of a video or other attention-attracting activity [3] is surely a disturbing phenomenon. However, their annoying behavior is nothing compared to where they can misguide to. Due to SurfMate redirect, you might find yourself in the domains crammed with questionable content. It might harbor quite bothersome malware. In order to reduce the risk of endangering your computer to external threats, you should remove SurfMate. Reimage Reimage Cleaner comes in handy.

The image of SurfMate

How does the adware spread?

You may have installed the application deliberately via its official website. Alternatively, the PUP might have slithered into the device via “bundling” technique. Specifically, it travels as an additional application to popular freeware. Users rarely glance to the installation wizard and, consequently, they fail to notice add-ons. Likewise, SurfMate hijack occurs. If you intend to prevent such infiltration, opt for “Custom” settings. Unmark unwanted applications and only then proceed with the installation wizard. Taking into account the rise of various viruses and online scams [4], IT experts and online activists have been making up techniques to ensure better online security and users’ privacy [5]. However, efforts and cautiousness of each individual play a significant role. 

SurfMate eradication steps

If you are looking for a quick SurfMate removal solution, we recommend installing an anti-spyware application. Update it and run the scan. For your surprise, you will find it useful when confronting more elaborate virtual threats. If you are used to dealing with computer infections manually, remove SurfMate virus using the below-indicated instructions. Taking a look at privacy policy and users’ reviews is a useful habit which helps you avoid troublesome computer pests.

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To remove SurfMate ads, follow these steps:

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

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

Get rid of SurfMate ads from Microsoft Edge

Follow the steps to fully eradicate Surf Mate adware. After that, reset the settings so that all additional scripts and files are terminated.

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, SurfMate should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove SurfMate 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 SurfMate 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 SurfMate removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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

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

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. lelanmoy says:
    January 13th, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Ads on the TV have also been a pain in the neck, but on the web, they even might be corrupted..can it get worse?

  2. kamiTopo says:
    January 13th, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Removed it in a flash!

  3. lifeinplanetP says:
    January 13th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Long time ago, I accidentally installed the app with the same cover but only different name. The developers didnt advance much, did they?

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