Folder Share Adware

Also Known As: foldershare adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Folder Share removal instructions

What is Folder Share?

The Folder Share app supposedly helps users to share folders (read Windows folders and distribute files within), however, it is also classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), an adware-type app. Many users install PUAs unintentionally. These rogue apps then go on to feed users with advertisements and gather data relating to browsing habits.

Folder Share adware

Generally, adware (advertising-supported software) apps deploy banners, coupons, surveys, pop-ups, and other ads. They are commonly displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. They conceal underlying content of visited websites, which can be annoying and distracting. Furthermore, when clicked, they open dubious (deceptive) websites and can sometimes run scripts designed to download/install even more unwanted apps. Adware-type apps commonly gather browsing-related data such as IP addresses, search queries, geo-locations, and other similar details. Developers continuously share this information with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. These third parties might be cyber criminals. Therefore, having information-tracking apps installed can lead to privacy, browsing safety issues, or even identity theft. Do not use these apps and uninstall them immediately.

Threat Summary:
Namefoldershare adware
Threat TypeAdware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
SymptomsSeeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageDecreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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PackTrackPlus, EasyDirections, and RinoReader are just some examples from many other similar PUAs. Most adware-type apps are promoted as providing 'useful' tools and features, however, once installed, they are more likely to cause problems than provide any of the functionality promised. PUAs generate revenue for their developers various ways, usually by feeding users with ads, recording data, and so on.

How did Folder Share install on my computer?

Typically, PUAs are promoted using the "bundling" method. Software developers use this deceptive marketing method to trick people into downloading apps of this type together with regular software. This is achieved by not disclosing information properly - hiding PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings of the installation/download set-ups. Furthermore, many users skip installation or download steps and leave all settings unchanged. This careless behaviour is the most common reason for unintentional installations of potentially unwanted applications such as Folder Share.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are several ways to prevent PUA installations. Do not use third party software downloaders (or installers), peer-to-peer networks (such as torrents, eMule, etc.), untrustworthy/unofficial websites, and other similar sources to download software. The best way to download software is using official, trustworthy websites and direct links. Do not skip download and installation steps, check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings, deselect unwanted apps, and only then finish the installation/download process. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements - they may seem legitimate, but often redirect to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on). If you encounter these redirects, check for unwanted/unknown extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser. Also check the list of installed programs on your computer. Remove all suspicious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with Folder Share, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Deceptive installer setup promoting Folder Share adware (presented as Folder Scan):

Folder Share adware distributing installer

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Quick menu:

Folder Share 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.

Folder Share adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Folder Share" (or "foldershare"), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Folder Share ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Folder Share adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Folder Share 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 Folder Share 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 Folder Share ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the foldershare 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.

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 Folder Share  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 and remove them.

Removing Folder Share ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the foldershare adware, 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 Folder Share 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Folder Share ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with foldershare adware 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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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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