Shopping Suggestion Ads

Also Known As: Shopping Suggestion Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Shopping Suggestion removal instructions

What is Shopping Suggestion?

The Shopping Suggestion browser plugin is developed by WW3 LLC and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. This browser extension claims to help save time and money whilst shopping online, however, it generates various offer ads when users visit online shopping websites such as PriceGrabber, Shopzilla, shopping.com, etc. Whilst Shopping Suggestion may appear as a legitimate browser plugin, in fact, it is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application - it installs without users' consent, and after successful infiltration, generates various intrusive ads.

Shopping suggestion ads

This add-on is also known to track users' IP addresses, date and time of website visits, searches, domain types, activity on advertisers' websites, and other system and private information. Moreover, Shopping Suggestion displays pop-up and banner ads when users surf the Internet. Clicking on these third party ads can lead to high-risk malware infections and, since this plugin tracks Internet browsing activity, can lead to privacy issues. At time of research, this add-on was advertised by deceptive free software 'download clients' and fake downloads (such as Flash, Java, browser updates, etc.) For these reasons, you are advised to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.

Shopping Suggestion is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate browsers through freeware downloads, and subsequently, cause unwanted ads. Examples include Albrechto, Object Browser, You-Bar, amongst many others. Note that at time of research, this plugin installed with other adware including "flash-enhancer", "GPU Monitor", "Mobogiene", "Lightspark", and "Software Version Updater". Thus, when using this removal guide, check for the presence of the aforementioned programs. To avoid installation of this type of adware, users should be attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of promoted browser plug-ins by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing downloaded programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal installation of any bundled browser plug-ins. If you observe ads by Shopping Suggestion on your system, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.

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Quick menu:

Shopping Suggestion 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.

Shopping suggestion uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "flash-Enhancer", "GPU Monitor", "Lightspark", "Mobogiene", and "Software Version Updater", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling these potentially unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Remove Shopping Suggestion from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Shopping Suggestion from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Shopping Suggestion" and "flash-Enhancer", select these entries and click "remove".

Removing Shopping suggestion from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the shopping suggestion virus, 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 Shopping suggestion from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "Shopping Suggestion" and "flash-Enhancer", select them and click the trash can icon.

Removing Shopping suggestion from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the shopping suggestion virus, 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 Shopping suggestion from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons." Click on "Extensions" and remove "Shopping Suggestion" and "flash-Enhancer".

Removing Shopping suggestion from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with shopping suggestion virus 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 shopping suggestion virus, 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 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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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