|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.