A suspicious web browser, known as Sheild+ has been reported by cyber-security researchers to be installed involuntarily to user PCs. This potentially unwanted program is strongly believed to advertise heavily, slow down the user PC and mostly to collect different user information. Since the application is categorized as a low-level cyber-threat, it Is not detected via conventional antivirus methods.
|Type||Ad-supported web browser.|
|Short Description||The web browser may perform suspicious activities, collect user information and|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Shield+.|
Shield+ Browser – Distribution
The Shield+ browser may usually be spread via bundled downloads. This means that you may encounter it in an “Add Shield+ as a free extra to this install” opt-in button in the “Advanced” setup preference of a program you may have downloaded. Such strategy is used when program installers are either uploaded to suspicious torrent sites as a part of an affiliate marketing trick to generate revenue to the publisher of the setup. Since most inexperienced users are not used to this aggressive marketing strategy or have a fast-clicking syndrome, they miss applications like Shield+ Browser.
Shield+ Browser In Detail – Is It Legitimate
This either points out to the possibility that the web browser has been discontinued, or that the web browser is still distributed, and the website is just there for a bit of a “show and tell”.
Another interesting aspect that intrigued us was that Sheild+ was Chromium based. Most Chromium based web browser that we have met along the way that has the same “404” type of websites have usually turned out to be ad-supported and unwanted. Examples are Torch Browser, Mustang Browser and so on. So as far as you, the user may be concerned this web browser may be no good for you.
Furthermore, researchers, analyzing Shield+ have confirmed that the web browser may use malicious practices to obtain any user-entered information via its code. This may include personal details, online clicks, browsing history and other. This information may be used to for different purposes:
- Display pop-ups, banners, browser redirects to phishing or scamming websites based on the same subject as the user has searched online.
- Directly trade the user information on the black market.
- Infect the user with malware, by knowing his IP address, antivirus software and other System information such suspicious browsers may collect.
In addition to that, the web browser may modify the Windows Registry Editor and change different settings there to make itself difficult to uninstall.
Cyber-crime has surely evolved over the years especially when it comes to the big bottleneck which is the methods of situating unwanted software or malware on the user PC. At this very moment, there are millions of computers worldwide affected by ad-supported software like Shield+ browser. This indicates that if a cyber-criminal can cause a browser redirect to a 100 affected computers by the same ad-supported application and this redirect has malicious code in it, there will be a botnet of 100 devices under his/her control, including your computer.
Remove Shield+ Browser Completely
Before taking any steps towards removing the software, in case you have decided to, you should make sure you backup all your files and change all your passwords from another device. Then it is highly recommended to follow the below mentioned removal steps to effectively get rid of this unwanted software from your computer, without having to reinstall your operating system. After the removal is complete, we also advise renewing your registry entries.
Delete Shield+ from Windows and Your Browser
Remove Shield+ automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Shield+ from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Shield+ from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Shield+ from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Shield+ from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Shield+ from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Shield+ from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Shield+ from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Shield+ from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Shield+
Step 2: Uninstall Shield+ 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 Shield+ 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 Shield+ there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Shield+ from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Shield+ 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 Shield+ 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 Shield+ 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 Shield+ 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 Shield+ 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 Shield+ 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 Shield+ will be removed.
Eliminate Shield+ 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.