What is ShoppinGate?
ShoppinGate is an adware-type browser extension claiming to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying special deals/discounts available on shopping websites. Although some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, ShoppinGate is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
A deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software) is used to distribute ShoppinGate and is one of the main reasons for this negative association.
After infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, this rogue application generates various intrusive online advertisements including coupons, banners, and pop-up ads. These displayed advertisements often redirect to bogus websites, thereby exposing your computer to risk of infection.
Be aware that ShoppinGate adware tracks users' Internet browsing activity and records various software and hardware information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geolocations), operating system, browser type and data (websites visited, search queries, pages viewed, etc.), and so on.
This collected information may be personally identifiable, and therefore, the presence of ShoppinGate adware on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. ShoppinGate is similar to other bogus apps offering identical features.
For instance, Coupons Vault, SmartWallet, GoodDeals, and Coupon Alert also claim to save time and money, however, none provide any real value - the purpose of these adware-type applications is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected data with third parties. Therefore, you are strongly advised to remove ShoppinGate from your system immediately.
Today, most adware (including ShoppinGate) is distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com.
Download managers are employed by these websites as free services and traffic monetization tools, since they offer installation of additional applications and programs together with the chosen software. The developers state that these additional applications are legitimate, however, they are mostly classed as adware or malware.
Computer infections such as these can be prevented by closely observing each step of the free software download procedure to ensure that no third party applications are included.
Furthermore, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed ShoppinGate, read the following guidelines to eliminate this adware from your system.
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- What is ShoppinGate?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ShoppinGate application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ShoppinGate adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove ShoppinGate ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by ShoppinGate' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ShoppinGate ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
ShoppinGate 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 "ShoppinGate", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes ShoppinGate ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove ShoppinGate adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, ShoppinGate did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the shoppingate 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the shoppingate 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with shoppingate 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 shoppingate 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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