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Ads by SkyeMoji

Also Known As: SkyeMoji adware
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is SkyeMoji?

SkyeMoji is a deceptive application that supposedly improves the Skype chat experience by exposing hidden emoticons. By promising these features, SkyeMoji attempts to give the impression of legitimate and useful software. In fact, this application is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

After successfully infiltrating the system, SkyeMoji displays intrusive online advertisements and collects various software/hardware information.

SkyeMoji adware

SkyeMoji mostly displays search, coupon, and pop-up advertisements, however, these are not the only types of ads generated. On initial inspection, the displayed ads may seem harmless, and yet, there is a high probability that some will redirect to dubious websites containing infectious content. Thus, clicking them might result in further computer infections.

In addition, these advertisements conceal the content of visited websites, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, SkyeMoji is known to track Internet browsing activity and gather various information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geolocations, date/time, browser type and data (visited sites, pages, search queries), etc.

The collected data may contain personally identifiable details (even though the SkyeMoji Privacy Policy states otherwise).

The developers of SkyeMoji (Montiera Ltd) shares this data with third parties, who can misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, having SkyeMoji installed may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall this application immediately.

SkyeMoji Privacy Policy regarding information sharing:

Montiera is working in cooperation with third party companies for the purposes of distributing the Products and for other purposes relating to the administration, operation and commercialization of the Products (such third party companies are referred to as "Partners"). Montiera may share aggregate none personally identifiable information with Partners.

Regular adware-type applications have very similar characteristics. For example, SmartSaver, CrushArcade, Premium Tabs, and Twinkle Star also offer various features similar to SkyeMoji. Despite this, adware-type applications usually provide no real value to the user.

The purpose of SkyeMoji and other similar apps is to generate revenue by advertising various products and collecting personally identifiable information.

How did SkyeMoji install on my computer?

SkyeMoji is a regular adware-type app, and hence, likely to be distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. This method allows developers to stealthily install their applications with regular software.

Apps such as SkyeMoji are usually hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, and since many users do not pay enough attention during the download and installation processes, bundling applications in this way is very effective.

The developers are concerned only with the amount of revenue generated, which is dependent on the number of distributed apps. Therefore, they do not properly disclose installation of bogus applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent adware-type computer infections, closely analyze the download and installation processes. Follow each step and decline all offers to download or install third party software.

Furthermore, these processes should be performed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled programs listed for installation and enable you to opt-out. The key to computer safety is caution. Pay close attention when downloading and installing software.

Screenshot of SkyeMoji application:

Deceptive SkyeMoji adware-type application

Intrusive online advertisements generated by SkyeMoji adware ('Ads by SkyeMoji'):

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Quick menu:

SkyeMoji 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.

SkyeMoji adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove SkyeMoji adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, SkyeMoji 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing SkyeMoji 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing SkyeMoji ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the skyemoji 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.

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 SkyeMoji  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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing SkyeMoji ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the skyemoji adware, 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 SkyeMoji 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing SkyeMoji ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with skyemoji adware 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 skyemoji adware, 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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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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