SimplyWatch Adware

Also Known As: Ads by SimplyWatch
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

SimplyWatch removal instructions

What is SimplyWatch?

SimplyWatch is a rogue application that claims to be a leading media player. On initial inspection, SimplyWatch may seem legitimate and useful, however, it typically infiltrates systems without permission. Furthermore, this app continually generates various intrusive advertisements and gathers sensitive information. For these reasons, SimplyWatch is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

SimplyWatch adware

Following infiltration, SimplyWatch delivers coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar intrusive ads. To achieve this, developers employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, the ads often conceal visited website content, significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, they might redirect to infectious websites and/or run scripts that stealthily download and install malware/PUPs - even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. Be aware also of information tracking. SimplyWatch gathers various data that might be classed as confidential. Developers of potentially unwanted programs sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing users' private details. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate SimplyWatch adware from your system immediately.

SimplyWatch shares similarities with Quiclean, ProxyGate, SearchMyFile, and dozens of other adware-type PUPs. Note that all offer different functionality. Despite this, their behavior is identical. In fact, SimplyWatch and other adware is designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to provide valuable functionality are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Potentially unwanted programs deliver no real value for regular users. Apps such as SimplyWatch pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did SimplyWatch install on my computer?

Potentially unwanted programs infiltrate systems without permission. Developers promote SimplyWatch using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party software together with regular [mostly free] programs). They are aware that many users rush download and installation processes, and skip steps. Therefore, they hide "bundled" apps (such as SimplyWatch) within the "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of these procedures. By skipping steps, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention during the download/installation processes and when browsing the Internet. Select "Advanced/Custom" settings, closely observe each window of the download/installation dialogs, and cancel all additionally-included programs. You are strongly advised to download your applications from official sources only and, if possible, using a direct download link. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized using the "bundling" method (they promote dubious software). These tools should never be used. Be aware also that intrusive ads look legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to dubious websites (surveys, gambling, adult dating, pornography, ). If you encounter such redirects, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.

Screenshot of potentially unwanted program SimplyWatch:

Potentially unwanted program SimplyWatch

Screenshots of SimplyWatch installer that promotes other dubious apps:

SimplyWatch installer (sample 1) SimplyWatch installer (sample 2) SimplyWatch installer (sample 3)

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Quick menu:

SimplyWatch adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

SimplyWatch adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "SimplyWatch", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes SimplyWatch ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove SimplyWatch adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, SimplyWatch 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing SimplyWatch ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing SimplyWatch ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by simplywatch, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing SimplyWatch  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing SimplyWatch ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by simplywatch, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing SimplyWatch ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing SimplyWatch ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by simplywatch removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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