What is Shop Time?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Shop Time is a dubious browser extension claiming to improve the Internet browsing experience by providing features such as coupons and comparison shopping. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, Shop Time is classed as adware.
The developers of this rogue application employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install Shop Time without users' permission.
Once installed on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Shop Time generates intrusive online advertisements including pop-up, coupon, search, interstitial, transitional, full-page, and banner ads. It is highly probable that clicking these ads will redirect you to bogus websites, and therefore, your computer might become infected.
As with regular adware, Shop Time collects various software and hardware information regarding Internet browsing activity. The type of recorded data includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, websites visited, pages viewed, and search queries entered into search engines.
This information may contain personally identifiable details, and therefore, the presence of Shop Time adware on your system may lead to serious privacy issues. SuperWeb LLC has released several hundred rogue extensions identical to Shop Time. Magic Ball, Product Deals, and Information Cloud are just some examples.
This company intentionally releases identical plug-ins under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus software.
No applications released by SuperWeb LLC (including Shop Time) provide any value for the user - they are developed to generate revenue by the display of ads and sharing collected data with third parties. You are strongly advised to eliminate Shop Time from your system immediately.
Research shows that Shop Time is commonly distributed via small programs called 'download managers' (also called 'download clients', 'installers', etc.) on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com.
Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of third party applications - or simply by concealing their installation under the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options.
These promoted applications are described as '100% legitimate and virus-free', however, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To avoid such infections, pay close attention during the download of free software and ensure that no additional apps are included.
In addition, installation of downloaded software should be performed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any third party application listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
If you have installed Shop Time, and you experience 'Ads by Shop Time', 'Shop Time Deals', and 'Powered by Shop Time' advertisements while surfing the Internet, the following instructions will guide you through removal of Shop Time adware from your system.
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- What is Shop Time?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Shop Time application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Shop Time adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Shop Time ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Shop Time' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Shop Time ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Shop Time 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 "Shop Time", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Shop Time ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Shop Time adware from Internet browsers:
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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 "Shop Time", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the shop time adware, 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 "Shop Time", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the shop time adware, 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 "Shop Time".
Computer users who have problems with shop time adware 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 shop time adware, 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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