A ransomware pretending to be very scary, has been reported by malware researchers Computer to be completely harmless and solely block access to various windows processes and applications. Anyone who has been infected by this virus should not be scared and not pay any ransom to the cyber-criminals behind Smash!, since this low-quality virus may either be a test virus, malware that is sometimes being released to see if the infection works successfully, or a low-quality malware by script-kiddies. We also advise you to read our article on smash to futher learn about the virus and remove it completely.
|Short Description||The virus displays threatening messages to delete your files until you pay, but simply blocks key programs from running and does not delete anything.|
|Symptoms||Pop-ups with messages and a pop-up with a picture of the mushroom from the retro video game Super Mario Bros, holding what appears to be a knife.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executables|
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Smash! Ransomware – More Information
In order to infect users the Smash! Virus may use a variety of tactics since the crooks behind it may spread it via URLs or malicious files. This means that they may spam web links of the virus on social media on various websites that support third-party linking, like Reddit, Quora, Disqus, etc. If infections are via malicious files, the hackers may have used massive e-mail spam that sends a fake message, replicating a legitimate one, like a fake receipt, invoice or any other social engineering techniques.
Infection and Post-Infection Activity
The infection by this ransomware variant may be caused directly via the malicious executable In case it is spread in torrent websites or others or in case it has an obfuscator and the user is inexperienced enough to open it.
Whatever the case may be, once an infection has been performed, this particular malware is directly executed and begins injecting it’s malicious scripts into most legitimate Windows processes, such as:
From there, Smash! Virus activates and begins displaying pop-up messages connected together methodologically. The messages in them are the following:
Then, hilariously enough, the malware displays a mushroom that is holding a knife out of nowhere and along with it a kill timer that threatens to delete all of the user’s files.
There is no code that can unlock the files, because in the source code of the virus, there has not been any input codes for unlocking it, meaning it is not completely developed.
What is more to it than that is when you tru to open any administrative components of Windows that should help you remove the Smash! Virus, it displays a pop-up saying the following:
Smash! Virus – What Actions Should You Take
In case you have detected the Smash! Virus on your computer introducing itself, make sure to simply restart your computer and then follow the instructions below to remove it. It Is not complicated to delete this rather harmless virus, but to do it permanently, we advise the use of an anti-malware program which will detect all of it’s associated files and permanently remove them.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Smash! from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Smash! on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Smash! in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Smash! from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Smash! from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Smash! from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Smash! from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Smash! Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Smash! from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Smash!
Step 2: Uninstall Smash! 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 Smash! 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 Smash! there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Smash! from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Smash! 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 Smash! 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 Smash! files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Smash!, 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 Smash! 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 Smash! 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 Smash! 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 Smash! 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 Smash! will be removed.
Eliminate Smash! 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Smash! from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".