Search.smartshopping.com Removal Instructions
Search.smartshopping.com is a browser hijacker that can cause unwanted settings modifications and commercial data addition to your web browsers. It gets inside your computer via bundled freeware and shareware downloads.
Once it takes over, your home page and default search engine are changed without your permission and you are unable to restore them until you delete Search.smartshopping.com. The hijacker also causes adverts and sponsored links to appear on every page that you visit. Since it is compatible with all popular browsers, you will not be able to avoid its effects. Remove Search.smartshopping.com before it causes any real damage.
How does Search.smartshopping.com work?
The hijacker is not malicious on its own. However, it can expose you to unsafe web content by replacing your search tools and inserting ads into your browsers. If you try searching the Web with Search.smartshopping.com, you will notice that the results that you get are modified to include sponsored links. In fact, usually there is nothing but ads and sponsored links in them. Clearly, you can not effectively use this search engine. The adverts will not stop there either. You will see pop-ups, banners and other commercials appear on your screen no matter which page you choose to open. This is the main reason why you should not hesitate to get rid of Search.smartshopping.com.
Other symptoms of the infection may not be as obvious, but nonetheless they are still present. The hijacker slows down your Internet connection, tracks your cookies and uses up your system resources. Keep in mind that if the hijacker is present in your browsers, it means that you have an ad-supported application in your system. You will need to delete this application if you want to eliminate Search.smartshopping.com from your browsers.
How to remove Search.smartshopping.com?
It is never easy to manually remove a hijacker from your browsers. First, you need to delete its related program and in some cases it is not clear which program is the cause of its appearance. If you are not sure what application is ad-supported you can download a free malware scanner that will identify the issue for you. Afterwards, you will be able to uninstall the adware and delete Search.smartshopping.com from your browsers yourself. Instructions below can help you with these tasks. Alternatively, you can use an anti-malware tool that will terminate Search.smartshopping.com and its related program automatically. You will not have to worry about similar problems again as the malware remover will also safeguard your PC from future online threats.
- Start → Control Panel → Add or remove programs
- Select the application and click on Remove
Windows 7 and Windows Vista
- Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a program
- Choose the adware and click Uninstall
- Search (Win+Q) → Control Panel → Uninstall a program
- Double-click on the program and select Uninstall
Uninstall Search.smartshopping.com from browsers:
- Alt+T → Internet Options → Advanced → Reset → Delete personal settings → Reset
- Alt+H → Troubleshooting Information → Refresh Firefox → Refresh Firefox
- Chrome menu → Settings → Show Advanced Settings → Reset settings → Reset