What is ShopScouter?
ShopScouter is a bogus browser extension claiming to save time and money by enabling a feature to display coupons and special deals/discounts on shopping websites. Some users may find this add-on legitimate and useful, however, ShopScouter is classed as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
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 ShopScouter on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari) without users' permission.
After successful infiltration, ShopScouter generates various intrusive online advertisements, some of which may redirect to dubious websites, thereby exposing your computer to risk of infection.
As with other adware-type applications, ShopScouter collects various software and hardware information relating to Internet browsing, which may be personally identifiable. For instance, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine users' geographic locations), browser type, search queries, websites visited, pages viewed, etc.
Tracking of personally identifiable information can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
There are hundreds of rogue applications similar or identical to ShopScouter. iShopper, View That Deal, and Coupoon are just some examples from many, none of which (including ShopScouter) provide any of the promised features - they are developed to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected information with third parties.
For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall ShopScouter adware from your system immediately.
Most adware-type applications are distributed using small download programs called 'download managers', 'installers', 'download clients', etc. on freeware download websites including download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com.
Download managers are employed to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of third-party applications together with the chosen software. These applications are described as '100% legitimate and virus-free', however, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
This situation can be avoided by closely observing each step of the free software download procedure and never accepting offers to install additional applications.
Furthermore, programs downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any concealed applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed ShopScouter, the following instructions will help you to eliminate this adware from your system.
ShopScouter adware installer set-up:
Intrusive online advertisements generated by ShopScouter adware (powered by ShopScouter):
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- What is ShopScouter?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ShopScouter application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ShopScouter adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove ShopScouter ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by ShopScouter' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ShopScouter ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
ShopScouter 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 "ShopScouter version 0.9.14.2", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes ShopScouter ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove ShopScouter 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 "ShopScouter", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the shopscouter 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 "ShopScouter", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the shopscouter 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 "ShopScouter".
Computer users who have problems with shopscouter 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 shopscouter 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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