What is SmartShopper?
SmartShopper is a dubious browser add-on that claims to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying special deals and discounts available on shopping websites. This plug-in may seem legitimate and useful, however, SmartShopper is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by SmartShopper to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent.
Bundling allows developers to distribute their applications together with other programs, and therefore, users commonly install SmartShopper inadvertently when downloading free software from freeware download websites. After successful infiltration, this PUP tracks users' Internet browsing activity and delivers unwanted advertisements.
SmartShopper generates numerous intrusive online advertisements such as coupons, comparison shopping, in-text, pop-up, and banner ads. Furthermore, this plug-in collects various software and hardware information including IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other similar details.
The presence of SmartShopper on your system may lead to high-risk adware or malware infections (when clicking ads generated by this plug-in) and serious privacy issues. There are many applications similar to SmartShopper (for example, Dealz, PrestoSavings, and Deals Finder), however, none of these (including SmartShopper) provide the features promised.
They are developed to generate revenue by the display of third party advertisements and sharing collected information with third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate SmartShopper from your Internet browsers immediately.
Close examination of SmartShopper reveals that it is mostly distributed using small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites. These websites employ download clients to monetize their free services and traffic by offering installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') applications or browser extensions together with the chosen software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To avoid installation of SmartShopper, or other similar PUPs, closely observe the free software download procedure and uncheck all additional applications listed for installation.
Furthermore, if you have installed downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If your system is infected with SmartShopper, read the removal guide provided and eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Intrusive online advertisements generated by SmartShopper adware:
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- What is SmartShopper?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SmartShopper application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SmartShopper adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SmartShopper ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by SmartShopper' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SmartShopper extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SmartShopper 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 "ss8" (and any other recently-installed suspicious applications), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes SmartShopper ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove SmartShopper 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 "SmartShopper" or "ss8" (and any other recently-installed plug-ins), select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the smartshopper 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 "Extensions". Locate "SmartShopper" or "ss8" (and any other recently-installed add-ons), select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the smartshopper 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 the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "ss8" (and any other recently-installed suspicious plug-ins).
Computer users who have problems with smartshopper 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 smartshopper 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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