How to remove Shop Together adware?

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

Shop Together redirect removal instructions

What is Shop Together?

Shop Together is advertised as an extension which provides shopping suggestions at the best price available online. However, it functions as adware/serves various advertisements. In most cases users download and/or install adware unintentionally, for this reason Shop Together is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and it should not be trusted/used.

Shop Together pop-up redirects

Programs like Shop Together are designed to serve surveys, banners, pop-ups, coupons and/or other types of advertisements. It is common that those ads, when clicked, open various unreliable pages. Also, in some cases ads displayed by adware can be designed to download and/or install some unwanted software by executing certain scripts. Therefore, it is recommended not to click such ads, especially if they appear on questionable pages. Additionally, adware-type applications can be designed to collect various data related to user's browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, geolocations, entered search queries and other details of this kind. Sometimes they can be designed to gather personal, sensitive information as well. Moreover, collected data may be misused to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), or in some other ways. Therefore, programs like Shop Together can be the culprit of problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Shop Together
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, bundling
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections, concealed website content
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A couple of examples of other software that is classified as adware too are Product Connecter, VirtualCharacterSearch and MessengerNow. It is common that adware developers promote it as useful, legitimate software that supposed to include some features, improve browsing experience, and/or be useful in some other way. Although, more often than not the only purpose of adware is to generate revenue for its developers. In other words, software of this type is useless to its users and can cause various problems.

How did adware install on my computer?

Quite often PUAs are distributed through setups of other programs by integrating them in their setups as additional offers. When users download and install programs without declining offers to download and/or install additionally included apps, they download and/or install those apps too. Typically, such offers can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings of setups. This distribution method is called "bundling". In some cases users unknowingly download and/or install unwanted apps by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download and installation setups that have settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be always checked if they include offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted applications. Programs, files should be downloaded only from official websites (and via direct links). Other sources, tools like third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, etc., unofficial sites, etc., should not be used. The same applies to various third party installers. Advertisements that appear on websites related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, or other questionable sites should not be clicked. Those ads tend to be designed to promote (open) unreliable pages. In some cases they can be designed to cause downloads, installations of unwanted applications by running certain scripts. Unwanted or suspicious add-ons, plug-ins or extensions that are already installed on a browser should be removed. Programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Second download website for Shop Together:

shop together adware promoter 2

Third download website for Shop Together:

shop together adware promoter 3

Notification saying that Shop Together can read and change certain data:

shop together adware notification

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Quick menu:

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.

Shop Together adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Shop Together  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 (e.g., "Shop Together") and remove them.

Removing Shop Together ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by shop together, 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 Shop Together 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 Shop Together ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by shop together 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Shop Together 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 Shop Together ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by shop together, 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

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 malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

QR Code
Ads by Shop Together QR code
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