Alpha Shopper is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that is reported by some to be a shopping assistant providing the best promotions in the online market. However, the software is believed to add possibly unwanted processes in the Task Manager (Windows PCs) and some firewall permissions that may allow it to download updates in the background. The app is also reported to install other third party software, install browsing cookies and possibly cause PC slowdowns.
Alpha Shopper Ads – How Does It Work?
This program usually may arrive on user PCs marked as a free ‘extra’ in combination with the installers of other free programs the user deliberately downloaded from a third-party website. Once it is situated on the computer, it may initiate a .exe process in the task manager. Another action it might take is install tracking cookies (LSOs) with long expiration dates that follow the user browser searches and browsing history. The program does that with the purpose of displaying advertisements by the so-called ‘behavioral marketing’ method.
Some security experts report that the adware may automatically install other software, such as BrowseSmart. This may result in various consequences, mainly in PC slowdowns.
Also, similar to other adware programs such as CycloneCover or Sponsored Ads this PUP may display annoying ad content that redirects to third-party websites. Some redirects to such sites may conceal various risks from the user:
- Conning the user, by displaying messages that his/her machine is slow or infected to make him conduct expensive calls to fake tech support numbers.
- The redirects to sites that could display fake problems such as ‘Your Flash Player needs an update!’ or similar and may download malicious files onto your PC.
Scamming of the user into entering his personal info as a part of a registration for a free trial of a service, prize claiming or contest participations.
Cyber-criminals have become very smart, and they are always developing new means of obtaining user information. This is why it is advisable to be on the lookout for a ‘Custom’ or ‘Advanced’ options on the installer of your free program. Also, users should be careful for ‘I agree’ options or tick boxes that may say something like ‘Include Alpha Shopper as a free extra!’.
Alpha Shopper Removal Manual
In case you have Alpha Shopper or any similar PUPs installed on your computer that you think may be a security risk to it, it is a should that you follow the removal tutorial, described below. In some cases, some PUPs leave some files on the computer. This is why it is highly recommended to install a professional antimalware program that will provide constant protection from any threats and eradicate them completely.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Alpha Shopper from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Alpha Shopper from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Alpha Shopper from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Alpha Shopper from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Alpha Shopper from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Alpha Shopper from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Alpha Shopper from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Alpha Shopper from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Alpha Shopper
Step 2: Uninstall Alpha 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 Alpha 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 Alpha Shopper there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Alpha Shopper from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Alpha 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 Alpha 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 Alpha Shopper files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Alpha Shopper, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Alpha 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 Alpha 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 Alpha 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 Alpha 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 Alpha Shopper will be removed.
Eliminate Alpha 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.