ShareWithUs removal instructions
What is ShareWithUs?
ShareWithUs is a deceptive application that stealthily infiltrates systems during installation of other programs (the "bundling" method). Following infiltration, this app generates various intrusive online advertisements and continually records information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. For these reasons, ShareWithUs is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
To deliver pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements, ShareWithUs employs a "virtual layer" - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed advertisements often conceal underlying content of visited websites. In addition, some might redirect to malicious websites and even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. Be aware that ShareWithUs collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, and other similar data that might contain personal details. This information is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of a data-tracking application such as ShareWithUs can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall this PUP immediately.
The Internet is full of adware-type applications similar to ShareWithUs including Navigate Pro, WiseFolderLock, and Tools Plus - these are just some examples from many. Note that all of these apps offer different functions, however, they have identical behavior. The only purpose of all adware is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no value. Potentially unwanted programs such as ShareWithUs merely deliver intrusive advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model) and continually record various user-system information (which is later sold to third parties).
How did ShareWithUs install on my computer?
As mentioned above, ShareWithUs is distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. Therefore, many users install ShareWithUs inadvertently without their consent, since developers know that users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps - they hide bundled applications within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of these procedures. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs such as ShareWithUs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included.
Deceptive free software installer promoting ShareWithUs adware:
- What is ShareWithUs?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ShareWithUs application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ShareWithUs adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove ShareWithUs ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by ShareWithUs' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ShareWithUs extension from Safari.
ShareWithUs adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "ShareWithUs", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes ShareWithUs ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove ShareWithUs adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, ShareWithUs did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the jestar media adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate: all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the jestar media adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with jestar media adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Jestar Media adware is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download. Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the decline button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications.
Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.
If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.
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