What is smartones?
Smartones is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to save time and money by displaying special deals/discounts and coupons on shopping websites such as Walmart, Amazon, eBay, and so on. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that smartones is referred as malware or a virus.
These associations are made since this PUP employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission.
Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute adware together with other software, and therefore, most users infect their computers with smartones when downloading free software from freeware download websites.
Today, most popular freeware download websites employ small download programs (called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', etc.) to monetize their free services and traffic. Download programs offer installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. Following successful infiltration on Internet browsers, smartones generates intrusive online advertisements and diminishes browser performance. Furthermore, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored.
This recorded information can be personally identifiable, and dubious behavior such as this may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall smartones from your Internet browsers.
Neither smartones, nor any of these other browser plug-ins, provide any real value for the user - they merely deliver intrusive advertisements, track users' Internet browsing activity, and diminish browser performance with the intention to generate income.
Installation of this adware can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download procedure and never accepting installation of any additional programs offered.
Furthermore, all software downloaded form the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Regular' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If you have installed smartones, and observe intrusive online ads - read the following removal guide to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installer used in Smartones adware distribution:
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- What is smartones?
- STEP 1. Uninstall smartones application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove smartones ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove smartones advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by smartones' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Smartones extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Smartones adware 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 "smartones", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes smartones ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove smartones adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "smartones", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that smartones ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by smartones, 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: "smartones", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that smartones ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by smartones, 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 the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "smartones". Note that smartones ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with ads by smartones 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 smartones, 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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