Surf and Keep virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Surf and Keep removal instructions
Surf and Keep is a browser plugin which promises to help save time and money while shopping online. This browser add-on automatically scans for coupons, deals, and promotions, giving online shoppers the benefit of comparison, and assuring they only purchase what suits their budgets. Notice that while such functionality may seem legitimate many Internet users refer to Surf and Keep as a virus or malware. Such negative association originate from the fact that this browser plugin installs on user's Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) without user's consent, moreover this add-on generates intrusive coupon and deals ads. Unwilling installation of this extensions is caused by deceptive free software download websites which use download clients to monetize their free services.
Most commonly computer users who download free software doesn't pay close attention to the downloading steps and thus end up installing various potentially unwanted applications such as Surf and Keep. Installation of this adware causes slow browser performance, intrusive coupon ads and may lead to privacy issues as this plugin tracks user's Internet browsing. If you noticed ads by Surf and Keep it's recommended to eliminate adware infection from one's Internet browsers.
Surf and Keep is similar to other adware which are being distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling, for example Kozaka, Scorpion Saver and many other. To protect one's Internet browsers from such potentially unwanted applications computer users should be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by some download client be sure to opt-out installation of advertised browser extensions by clicking on a decline button. When installing the already downloaded program be sure to choose "advanced" or "custom" installation options, this could reveal installation of some bundled browser plugins.
Here's a screenshot of a free software installer which is used to distribute Surf and keep adware:
Notice how developers of this freeware are hiding the "decline" button which can be used to opt-out installation of Surf and Keep adware. If you have unwillingly installed this potentially unwanted application use the provided removal guide and eliminate it from one's Internet browsers.
Surf and Keep removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window look for "ss helper" and "ssurf andd keep", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Surf and Keep scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Surf and Keep from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Surf and Keep from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "ssurf andd keep" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of Surf and Keep you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Surf and Keep from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "ssurf andd keep" select it and click on a trash can icon.
If Surf and Keep extension is greyed out and you can't remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled") please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove Surf and Keep from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "ssurf andd keep".
If you are having problems with the removal of Surf and Keep you can reset you Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.