Smartoffer.site redirect removal instructions
What is smartoffer.site?
smartoffer.site is a rogue website identical to oclasrv.com, onclickpredictiv.com, adprohub.com, and many others. smartoffer.site redirects to various other suspicious sites. Research shows that users often visit smartoffer.site inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that typically infiltrate systems without users' consent. As well as causing redirects, PUPs deliver various intrusive advertisements, run unwanted processes, and gather sensitive information.
Immediately after infiltration, potentially unwanted programs randomly open new browser windows/tabs and redirect to smartoffer.site, which, in turn, causes a number (typically 2 or 3) of successive redirects to other dubious websites. Therefore, users might be forced to visit malicious websites. Redirects to smartoffer.site can result in further adware or malware infections. In addition, potentially unwanted programs deliver pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar intrusive ads. To achieve this, criminals employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, these ads may also lead to malicious sites and/or even execute scripts that download and install malware - even accidental clicks might result in high-risk computer infections. Another downside is misuse of system resources. Some PUPs are known to mine cryptocurrency or run other unwanted processes in the background. In doing so, PUPs significantly diminish system performance. Potentially unwanted programs are also likely to record information that often includes personal details. IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other collected data is later sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Thus, the presence of data-tracking apps might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, we strongly advise you to uninstall all potentially unwanted programs immediately.
There are hundreds of potentially unwanted programs that are all very similar. By offering various "useful features" (e.g., file conversion, anti-virus, system optimization, etc.), PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, most deliver no real value for regular users. PUPs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. These programs promote malicious websites (most of which are fake search engines), deliver ads, misuse system resources, and record data, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did adware install on my computer?
Most potentially unwanted programs are distributed using intrusive advertisements and/or a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, due to careless behavior by many users and lack of knowledge, PUPs often infiltrate systems without permission. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps. Developers do not adequately disclose these installations - they hide "bundled" apps within various sections (e.g., "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. By clicking various advertisements and skipping download/installation steps, users often expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution and, therefore, be very careful when downloading/installing software, and browsing the Internet in general. Carefully analyze each download/installation step (especially the "Custom/Advanced" settings) and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. In addition, avoid using any third party downloaders/installers, since these tools are monetized using the "bundling" method (they promote dubious apps). Furthermore, bear in mind that intrusive ads typically look legitimate. Once clicked, however, these ads redirect to other dubious websites (e.g., adult dating, pornography, gambling, survey, etc.) If you encounter such ads, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.
- What is smartoffer.site?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any potentially unwanted programs, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes smartoffer.site redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
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Remove adware from 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 smartoffer.site pop-up, 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 "More 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 smartoffer.site pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with smartoffer.site pop-up 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox 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.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove smartoffer.site pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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