|Name||Adware.Superfish Window Shopper|
|Short Description||Administers different advertisements leading to third-party sites.|
|Symptoms||Highlighted texts with pop-ups. Random banner ads. Slow web browser. Pop-ups.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Adware.Superfish Window Shopper|
Adware.Superfish Window Shopper is an ad-supported application that is reported to infect around 8000 PCs daily. It is an unwanted program that may collect different information and use it to administer advertisements directing users to third-party websites. What is more, the application may slow the user PC down, modify certain Registry entries in order to disallow administrator privileges for its uninstall. It may also provide different ad-supported content to sites that may be suspicious and malicious to the user PC.
Adware.Superfish Window Shopper – How Did I Get It?
One way to get this application is by experiencing a bundled install. Bundling means that the PUP may be included as a free extra in the setup program of freeware downloaded mostly from third-party sites or torrent websites. Some setups do not even feature install steps that prompt users to install them. Instead they have mentioned the including of the app in the EULA agreement. This is why it is advisable to never download software from third-party sites that are not familiar and not reputable. In case you have no way of knowing, it is always a good advice to have software such as EULAlyzer to help detect any third-party applications or malicious practices in the EULA agreement of an installer.
Adware.Superfish Window Shopper What Does It Do?
Once it has been run on the computer it has been installed on, Superfish Window Shopper may begin to display its advertised content primarily on shopping sites such as Walmart, BestBuy, Amazon, Alibaba and other reputable ones. Such ads may be a banner claiming a free coupon for something that may be in limited numbers, for example.
Other type of advertised content may also include highlighted somewhere on the web page which opens a pop-up once the mouse of the user is dragged over it. The pop-ups may resemble a search result or a text with a picture. They may also have an automated text, saying something, like “Interested in the cheapest promotion for… ?”.
Also, Superfish Window Shopper is an add-on that may work on different web browsers. Such may be Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.
What is more about this indirectly dangerous application is that it may also use various tracking technologies in order to collect users’ browsing history, online searches, and online clicks.
Security researchers report the app to be primarily bundled with applications such as Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom and an app, called 1ClickDownload. Once the program has been run it may situate an icon somewhere on your browser. What is more, you may see a text, similar to one of the following:
→Ads by Superfish Window Shopper, by Superfish Window Shopper, Brought by Superfish Window Shopper, Powered by Superfish Window Shopper, etc.
What is most dangerous for an user is the possibility that some of the displayed third-party advertisements may lead to online locations which are dangerous to the user in the following ways:
- The user may become a part of a tech support scam believing there is an actual problem with his computer.
- The user may be conned into subscribing for an expensive newsletter or SMS service that may ‘drain’ funds out of his/her account.
- User PCs may become infected with different malware.
Removing Adware.Superfish Window Shopper Completely
Potentially unwanted programs, such as Adware.Superfish are in some cases difficult to remove. Dragging the program files to the recycle bin is not a solution in any way and it is not advisable. Instead, users are given professional recommendation to follow the step-by-step removal instructions below in order to manually uninstall the program.
IMPORTANT: It is also advisable to scan the affected computer with an advanced anti-malware software, in case it has already been infected with a virus or spyware. Scanning it will ensure all the modified settings against manual removal (if any) are also deleted from the source and protect the user PC from any future intrusions.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Adware.Superfish Window Shopper in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Adware.Superfish Window Shopper.
Step 2: Remove Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Adware.Superfish Window Shopper and click “Remove”
After Adware.Superfish Window Shopper is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Adware.Superfish Window Shopper to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Adware.Superfish Window Shopper has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Adware.Superfish Window Shopper
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Adware.Superfish Window Shopper. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Adware.Superfish Window Shopper will be removed.
Step 3: Remove Adware.Superfish Window Shopper automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Adware.Superfish Window Shopper associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Adware.Superfish Window Shopper
Step 2: Uninstall Adware.Superfish Window Shopper 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 Adware.Superfish Window Shopper 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 Adware.Superfish Window Shopper there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Adware.Superfish Window Shopper from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Adware.Superfish Window Shopper 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 Adware.Superfish Window Shopper 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 Adware.Superfish Window Shopper 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 Adware.Superfish Window Shopper 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 Adware.Superfish Window Shopper 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 Adware.Superfish Window Shopper 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 Adware.Superfish Window Shopper will be removed.
Eliminate Adware.Superfish Window Shopper 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.