How to uninstall unwanted app which promotes smashapps.net?

Also Known As: smashapps.net browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Smashapps.net redirect removal instructions

What is smashapps.net?

Smashapps.net is the address of a fake search engine. As a rule, such search engines are promoted by various browser hijackers. Research shows that one of the apps that promote smashapps.net is called Suls APP. Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by making certain changes in browser's settings. Apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUA) because users tend to download and install them unknowingly (inadvertently). Additionally, browser hijackers often are designed not only to promote fake search engines but also to gather information related to user's browsing habits.

smashapps.net browser hijacker

Most browser hijackers promote fake search engines by modifying settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. In this case Suls APP (or some other app of this type) sets them to smashapps.net and prevents users from removing this address as long as it is installed. It means that users have to visit smashapps.net every time they open a hijacker browser, new tab and enter search queries into its URL bar. This fake search engine does not generate any individual, unique results. When used, smashapps.net displays results generated by Yahoo, it redirects users to search.yahoo.com. To stop browsers from opening smashapps.net users have to uninstall Suls APP or any other installer browser hijacker which is designed to promote it. Another reason to uninstall any installed PUA of this type is that it can be designed to collect browsing data. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened/visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. Although, there are browser hijacker that can record personal, confidential information as well. Moreover, developers could sell collected data to third parties who misuse it to generate revenue too. It is possible that gathered information may fall into hands/be sold to some cyber criminals. Installed browser hijacker can be the reason behind problems like identity theft, issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, and/or other problems. It i strongly recommended to uninstall any installed browser hijacker as soon as possible and never download, install it in the future. Note, Suls APP (or other app that is designed to promote smashapps.net) can be designed to promote other addresses (such as biosc.xyz and smashappsearch.com) as well.

Threat Summary:
Name smashapps.net browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Suls APP (could be promoted by other apps too)
Supposed Functionality Typically, browser hijackers are advertised as tools that improve browsing experience
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Serving IP Address 104.27.140.89
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
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Free Driver Maps, AnonymoSearch and Maps N' Direction Hub are a couple of examples of other browser hijackers. Typically, PUAs of this type are designed to promote fake search engines and collect browsing-related and/or other information. Even if they are advertised as useful, legitimate applications, they often do not deliver value. On the contraryu, they can be the reason behind various problems.

How did smashapps.net install on my computer?

Quite often developers distribute potentially unwanted apps by including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs. This distribution method is called "bundling". In most cases information about additionally included apps is not disclosed properly, it can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of  setups. The problem is that not all users check and change those settings, by leaving them unchanged they agree with offers to download and install various unwanted apps alongside with programs that they download and install intentionally. In some cases PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is strongly recommended to download software only from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. Other channels like third party downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites and other similar channels, tools are often designed to distribute unwanted, sometimes even malicious apps. Therefore, they should not be used. The same applies to third party installers. Also, it is always a good idea to check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of any download and installation setup. If they include offers to download and/or install unwanted software, then they should be declined before completing downloads and/or installations. Intrusive ads that appear on questionable pages can open other, potentially malicious websites or even download, install unwanted apps. It is recommended not to trust such ads. And finally, there should not be any unwanted apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on a browser and/or software of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate it.

Smashapps.net redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):

smashapps.net redirects to search.yahoo.com

Website promoting PUA which is designed to change browser's settings to smashapps.net:

smashapps.net redirect promoter

Notification saying that Suls APP can read and change certain data:

browser hijacker promoting smashapps.net asks for a permission to be installed

Screenshot of yet another Google Chrome extension Osalo APP promoting smashapps.net website:

Osalo APP chrome extension promoting smashapps.net

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Quick menu:

smashapps.net redirect 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.

smashapps.net browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (e.g., "Suls APP"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the smashapps.net website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

smashapps.net redirect removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing smashapps.net related Internet Explorer extensions

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 extensions (e.g., "Suls APP"), select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing smashapps.net from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://smashapps.net and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing smashapps.net from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "smashapps.net".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the smashapps.net browser hijacker, 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 smashapps.net related Google Chrome extensions

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 (e.g., "Suls APP") and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing smashapps.net from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Suls APP" or other PUA, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.smashapps.net) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing smashapps.net from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "smashapps.net" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the smashapps.net browser hijacker, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing smashapps.net related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove all recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Suls APP").

Change your homepage:

Removing smashapps.net from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable installed PUA (e.g., "Suls APP"), remove hxxp://smashapps.net and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing smashapps.net from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with smashapps.net browser hijacker 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 browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the smashapps.net browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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