This article has been created in order to help explain what exactly is the Feed.exssmith.com adware and how to remove it completely from your computer and stop advertisements coming from it in the future.
A new ad-supported software, known as Feed.exssmith.com has been detected by security researchers to track information from the computers it has been set to work on and to display different forms of advertisements, including browser redirections and pop-ups. Since those advertisements may lead to potentially unsafe websites, it is strongly advisable for users to remove this browser hijacking PUP (potentially unwanted program) from their computers. One way to do this is if you read the following material carefully.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your PC.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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Feed.exssmith.com -Distribution Methods
In order to get into your computer, Feed.exssmith.com – related PUP may come as a result of an unwanted software modifying your web browser’s settings. Such programs are often coming onto users’ computers as a result of various different types of bundling methods. Such may come in different shapes and forms, but they are primary located in the “advanced” or “custom” installation modes in a free program you may have downloaded online. These types of freeware are usually available on third-party software providing sites and their setup wizards can be modified to even automatically include PUP’s like the Feed.exssmith.com one without even notifying you.
Feed.exssmith.com – Purpose and Activity
The main goal of the Feed.exssmith.com program is to modify the settings of your web browser with the purpose to display different advertisements and collect user data from your online activity. For starters, the adware may set Feed.exssmith.com as your home page in the form of a search engine which aims to imitate Google. Such search engines often tend to show results from other third-parties, like Yahoo or others. This is because they lack their own search database, but use ad-supported search results to get you to click on third-party websites.
In addition to this, the feed.exssmith.com adware may also track your online actions, such as:
- What you search for online.
- Which sites you visit.
- Your browsing history.
- Your clicks.
- Bookmarked sites.
- Files you have downloaded.
This information is often tracked as a result of using tracking technologies on your PC in the form of cookies, flash cookies, session cookies, geo-locators, tags, pixels and many others. These technologies may be used to display to you advertisements based on what you have looked for online in order to increase the chance of you having to click on those ads. To best explain this, take the word “smartphones” which you may have searched for online. The adware may display you ads, related to smartphones, like promotions or other types of pop-ups, redirects and other ads. The ads displayed by Feed.exssmith.com may be of different forms:
- Browser redirections.
- Highlighted text.
And besides leading you to online retailer sites and other websites that seem familiar to you but you haven’t visited before, the Feed.exssmith.com adware may also get you to visit unsafe, sites. These sites can usually either be scamming sites that aim to get you to call fake tech support numbers, by scaring you that you have a virus on your computer or even malicious sites that may infect your computer system with more adware, ransomware, viruses, worms, etc. And this is the main reason why security experts consider software, like the Feed.exssmith.com adware potentially unsafe and often recommend it’s immediate removal.
Remove Feed.exssmith.com from Your Computer
In order to make sure that Feed.exssmith.com is completely gone from your computer system, recommendations are to follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created in order to help you delete this program either manually or automatically. Since manual detection and removal may take time and effort, security experts often outline to use an advanced anti-malware software for a more faster and more effective solution, especially if you lack the experience In manually removing such adware.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Feed.exssmith.com PUP
Step 2: Uninstall Feed.exssmith.com PUP and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Feed.exssmith.com PUP on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Feed.exssmith.com PUP there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Feed.exssmith.com PUP and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Feed.exssmith.com PUP via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Feed.exssmith.com PUP will be removed.
Eliminate Feed.exssmith.com PUP from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.