How to remove Smart-browsing from your browser
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What kind of application is Smart-browsing?
Upon investigating Smart-browsing, we discovered that the program exhibits bothersome advertisements that may direct users to untrustworthy websites. As a result, we have classified Smart-browsing as adware. Typically, users inadvertently download and install ad-supported software without realizing that it will generate ads.
Smart-browsing in detail
Smart-browsing is promoted as a helpful tool that assists users with a better web experience. However, this browser extension shows intrusive advertisements. Adware can display ads (e.g., pop-ups and banners) that may lead users to a variety of websites.
Some of these sites may be legitimate and benign, such as online shopping platforms or news portals, while others may be malicious and harmful, such as phishing sites or sites that distribute malware. In some cases, adware may also direct users to pages designed to trick them into giving away personal information, such as login credentials or credit card numbers.
While some adware may display harmless ads, others can be more insidious and may collect information about browsing habits or even install additional unwanted software on computers. In some cases, adware may also slow down a computer or cause it to crash. Thus, it is advisable not to trust Smart-browsing and similar apps.
|Name||Ads by Smart-browsing|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
Adware can have the capabilities of a browser hijacker and can modify browser settings to redirect users to various websites (mostly fake or unreliable search engines). Browser hijackers can affect a wide range of browser settings, including the default search engine, homepage, and. Also, they can be designed to prevent users from reverting to the previous settings.
More examples of apps that display ads are LuckyWheel, Convert Page to PDF, and One Click Refresh.
How did adware install on my computer?
Adware is often bundled with free software or downloaded from untrusted sources. When a user installs a free program, the adware may also be installed without the user's knowledge. Also, adware can be distributed through malicious advertising campaigns, such as pop-ups or banner ads that prompt the user to download or install the software.
In other cases, adware can be installed via social engineering tactics such as fake software updates that trick the user into downloading and installing the adware.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Avoid downloading software from untrusted websites or sources, as these are more likely to bundle adware with their programs. Avoid clicking on pop-ups or banners that prompt you to download or install software, as these may be malicious. Deselect unwanted apps using the available settings before downloading and installing programs.
Do not agree to receive notifications from shady websites. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Shady website promoting Smart-browsing:
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- What is Smart-browsing?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Smart-browsing" all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by smart-browsing, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by smart-browsing removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by smart-browsing, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware can consume system resources, leading to slower computer performance. Also, it can display intrusive ads and pop-ups that can be difficult to close or remove and collect data about the user's browsing habits and personal information.
What does adware do?
Adware is software that displays ads on a user's device, often in the form of pop-ups or banners.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers make money by promoting various products, websites, or services, primarily through affiliate programs. These programs generate the majority of their revenue.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Smart-browsing adware?
It is worth noting that manual removal may not be a complete solution, as some file leftovers may remain in the system even after the software is deleted. Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove all detected adware-type applications.
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