SmartApp Adware

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

SmartApp removal instructions

What is SmartApp?

SmartApp is an updated variant of an adware-type application called PQwick. This app usually infiltrates systems without users’ permission. In addition, SmartApp delivers intrusive advertisements and gathers various information. Therefore, as with PQwick, SmartApp is also categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

SmartApp adware

This adware delivers various intrusive ads, such as coupons, banners, pop-ups, and so on. To achieve this, developers use tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, intrusive ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, intrusive ads often conceal underlying content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. They can also redirect to malicious sites and even execute scripts that download/install malware. Therefore, even a single accidental click can result in high-risk computer infections. Another significant downside is information tracking, which is a common behavior to adware-type apps. In most cases, adware gathers information such as queries entered into search engines, website URLs visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geo-locations, and so on. Furthermore, this information might include personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to eliminate SmartApp adware immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameAds by SmartApp
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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All adware-type applications are very similar and, thus, SmartApp is virtually identical to KraKraGames, ExpressDirections, MyPersonalPDF, and many others. Most offer useful features, however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and to trick users to install. Few PUAs provide the functions promised and most are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, apps such as SmartApp deliver advertisements and record information, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a threat to your privacy, and browsing safety.

How did SmartApp install on my computer?

Some potentially unwanted applications have official download websites, however, due to the lack of knowledge of these threats and careless behavior of many users, these programs often infiltrate computers without permission. Developers proliferate them using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party apps together with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often rush these procedures, click advertisements, and skip download/installation steps. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of PUAs, such as SmartApp.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent system infiltration by PUAs, be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design. Note that most lead to dubious websites (such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.). If you experience these ads and redirects, immediately check the list of installed applications/browser plug-ins and eliminate any suspicious entries. Carefully analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom/Advanced" settings. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. Avoid using third party download/installation tools, since these are used to proliferate malware. Download software from official sources only, using direct download links. If your computer is already infected with SmartApp, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of SmartApp adware application:

SmartApp adware

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Quick menu:

SmartApp 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.

SmartApp adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove SmartApp adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, SmartApp 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 SmartApp 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 SmartApp ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by smartapp, 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 SmartApp  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 SmartApp ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by smartapp, 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 SmartApp 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 SmartApp ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by smartapp 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by smartapp from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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