What is Spring Smart?
Spring Smart is a potentially unwanted application, which installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Computer users often install this plugin when downloading free software.
The plugin claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying website reviews and enabling multiple website search capabilities.
Note that while this added functionality may seem legitimate, in fact, this browser plugin is categorized as adware since it diminishes browser performance, tracks users' Internet browsing habits (recording the IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, etc.) and displays various unwanted ads (including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads).
Developers of Spring Smart release identical browser extensions under different names in order to avoid detection by antivirus and anti-spyware programs.
This fact clearly indicates that this plugin is deceptive, and thus, should be eliminated from your Internet browser/s. If you observe "Spring Smart ads", "Ads by Spring Smart", and "Spring Smart Deals" advertisements whilst browsing the Internet, your computer is infected with adware.
This browser plugin is identical to Kozaka, SkyWebber, and many other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) created by Super Web LLC. These browser plugins add no significant value and cause intrusive ads, and moreover, installation can lead to identity theft.
To avoid installation of adware such as this, users should be attentive when downloading free software.
Today, most popular freeware download websites (such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc.) use 'download clients' to monetize their free services by offering installation of advertised browser extensions (such as Spring Smart) when downloading free software from their websites.
When downloading free software, opt-out of installation of promoted browser plugins and other software by clicking on the 'decline' button.
When installing the downloaded free software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this step will reveal installation of any bundled browser add-ons. If you observe ads related to Spring Smart on your system, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate adware from your Internet browser/s.
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- What is Spring Smart?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Spring Smart application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Spring Smart add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Spring Smart plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Spring Smart extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Spring Smart extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Spring Smart removal:
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 "Spring Smart", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Spring Smart, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Spring Smart from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Spring Smart" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the spring smart ads, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Spring Smart", select it and click the trash can icon.
If the Spring Smart extension is greyed-out and you can't remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue to have problems with removal of the spring smart ads, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Spring Smart".
Computer users who have problems with spring smart ads 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 spring smart ads, 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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