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Shoppingbuddy Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Shoppingbudy
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

Shoppingbuddy removal instructions

What is Shoppingbuddy?

Shoppingbuddy is a potentially unwanted browser plug-in claiming to save time and money by helping to compare products on shopping websites, displaying special deals, etc. - "Shoppingbuddy is a shopping assistance service designed to enhance your online shopping experience and help you compare prices, products and services while browsing through third party e-commerce websites. As you browse online shopping sites, Shoppingbuddy may detect the product or service you are browsing for and automatically present you with exclusive shopping offers that are relevant to you." Some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as adware. Once installed, Shoppingbuddy displays intrusive online advertisements and collects Internet browsing-related information.

Shoppingbuddy adware

This application employs a virtual layer to display various advertisements (coupons, in-text, etc.) The virtual layer allows developers to display third party content on any website visited. Some ads may open in new browser tabs/windows, thereby increasing the chance of inadvertent user clicks. The display of intrusive online ads significantly diminishes the Internet browsing experience, since they conceal underlying website content and users must avoid clicking them. Furthermore, this app collects various Internet browsing-related information. Although the Privacy Policy of Shoppingbuddy states that this app collects no personally identifiable data, this is incorrect - details such as websites visited, pages viewed, activity on those pages, etc. are collected and may indeed contain private information. This data is later shared with third parties, and therefore, having an information-tracking app installed on your system will cause privacy issues. You are advised to uninstall Shoppingbuddy from your system immediately.

Shoppingbuddy Privacy Policy regarding information sharing:

We may, and you approve us to share or transfer information, including Personal Information, internally within our group of companies. We share Non-Personally Information with third parties, when this is required in order to provide, maintain or improve our services and operation.

As with regular adware, Shoppingbuddy is similar to many other apps of the same type including Top Deal Master, Kellystoys, Deal Barium, and PriceChomper. Although these apps claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience, none provide any real value. These claims are simply attempts to trick users to install. The purpose of adware-type applications is to generate revenue for the developers by displaying advertisements and sharing collected data with third parties.

How did Shoppingbuddy install on my computer?

Shoppingbuddy has an official download website, however, it is also distributed as a 'bundle' with regular (mostly free) software. Many users do not pay enough attention when downloading/installing software - by skipping steps (especially the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' section, where most PUPs are hidden), they install applications such as Shoppingbuddy inadvertently. The developers are concerned only with the amount of revenue generated (which is dependent on the number of apps distributed), and therefore, do not properly disclose installation of bogus apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Most freeware download websites demand the use of 'download apps' to download the chosen app. Some sites also provide a direct download link, which should be always be used in preference to any promoted download apps. If you must download via a download manager, follow each step and decline all offers to install additional apps. Furthermore, downloaded applications should be installed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any concealed apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush the download/installation procedures and pay close attention to all steps.

Shoppingbuddy adware installer set-up:

Shoppinbuddy browser plug-in installation setup

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Quick menu:

Shoppingbuddy adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Shoppingbuddy adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Shoppingbuddy", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Shoppingbuddy ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Shoppingbuddy adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Shoppingbuddy ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "ShoppingbuddyBHO", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Shoppingbuddy ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by shoppingbudy, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Shoppingbuddy ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Shoppingbuddy", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Shoppingbuddy ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by shoppingbudy, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Shoppingbuddy ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Shoppingbuddy 4.1.3".

Removing Shoppingbuddy ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by shoppingbudy removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by shoppingbudy, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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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