What is Surftastic?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Surftastic is a potentially unwanted browser plug-in claiming to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by displaying websites with related content, website trust ratings, enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and adding other useful functionality.
Although Surftastic may seem legitimate, users should be aware that it is categorized as adware. Surftastic uses a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent.
After successful infiltration, the plug-in generates various types of intrusive advertisements, including transitional, interstitial, text link, search, banner, and full page ads.
As well as generating advertisements, Surftastic tracks users' Internet browsing activity - recording software and hardware information including unique identifier numbers, IP addresses, search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, and other information. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues, identity theft, or malware infections.
None of these add any real value for the user. This company intentionally releases identical plug-ins under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware software. The actual purpose of these browser add-ons is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Users commonly install potentially unwanted applications along with freeware. Users should be aware that the majority of current freeware download websites use 'download clients' to monetize their free services.
Download clients offer installation of 'legitimate' browser extensions together with the chosen free software, however, if users agree to install promoted browser plug-ins, they run a high risk of computer infection with adware or malware.
To prevent the installation of Surftastic, or other adware, express caution when downloading freeware and decline offers of installation of any additional applications.
During installation of downloaded software, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation along with the chosen free software. Users who observe "Powered by Surftastic", "Surftastic Deals", and "Ads by Surftastic" when browsing the Internet, should follow this removal guide to eliminate Surftastic adware from their Internet browser/s.
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- What is Surftastic?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Surftastic application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Surftastic add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Surftastic plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Surftastic extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Surftastic extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Surftastic ads 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 "Surftastic", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Surftastic ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Surftastic ads 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 "Surftastic" select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the surftastic 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.
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: "Surftastic", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the surftastic virus, 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", in the opened window remove "Surftastic".
Computer users who have problems with surftastic virus 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 surftastic virus, 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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