Remove "Shopping Helper Smartbar" Browser Adware

Shopping Helper Smartbar is a type of adware/malware program that alters your computer’s browser settings so that you are redirected to Web sites that you had no intention of visiting. The Shopping Helper Smartbar hijacker alters the default home pages and search engines to those of their customers who pay for that service because of the traffic it generates. Like adware and spyware, the Shopping Helper Smartbar browser hijacker may be installed as part of a freeware installation. In this instance the browser hijacker is more than likely mentioned in the user agreement though obviously not identified as a browser hijacker but prob lay with the name "Shopping Helper Smartbar" or similar. Shopping Helper Smartbar may also be installed without your permission, as the result of an infected e-mail, a file share or a drive-by download.
Remove Shopping Helper Smartbar
Shopping Helper Smartbar is commonly available as a Web browser add-on, that changes a Web user's browser settings in order to change the default home, error or search page. It may redirect the user to unwanted websites while capturing sensitive private data for personal or business gain. When Shopping Helper Smartbar is not removed, the infected Web browser may default to the malware browser settings after every reboot, even if the settings are manually readjusted. Normally Shopping Helper Smartbar is installed by bundled free applications, ad-supporting programs or shareware, which include a variety of browser plug-ins and toolbars. In many instances, removing the host application does not eliminate the bundled hijacker.

Another issue with this browser hijacker is that it can track your cookies and record your internet activities, which will make the ads appears to be related to the topics you are browsing. The never-ending redirecting and adverts can slow down the internet speed and the corrupted links can turn your computer infected by malware. This is a risk you want to avoid, so removing Shopping Helper Smartbar from your computer system is a good idea.

How to Remove Shopping Helper Smartbar

ByteFence Anti-Malware is a free removal program designed to remove Shopping Helper Smartbar as well as other malware and adware on your computer. ByteFence scan and removal is 100% free. Please follow the steps below to allow ByteFence to automatically find and remove any traces of malware.

Step 1. Download ByteFence Anti-Malware from the link below. Save the file named bytefence-installer.exe to your Desktop so that we can easily access the file.

Download ByteFence AntiMalware

Step 2. After downloading, navigate to the file bytefence-installer.exe and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware install icon

Step 3. On initial launch of the ByteFence program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware installer setup welcome screen

Step 4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before ByteFence Anti-Malware can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware installer license screen

Step 5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display ByteFence Anti-Malware Setup Completed. Just leave the Launch ByteFence checked and, click Finish.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware install er setup complete

Step 6. Once launched, ByteFence will begin scanning your computer for Shopping Helper Smartbar along with other malware, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware and potentially unwanted software. The initial scan will take about 5 to 10 minutes depending on the size of your computer. During this scan process you can close or minimize the window. Once the scan has completed it will notify you.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware scanning for Shopping Helper Smartbar

Step 7. After the scan completes you will be presented with a a number of detected malware if your computer turns out to be infected with Shopping Helper Smartbar along with other risks. You can scroll through the list of all risks detected and check all risks that you would like ByteFence to automatically remove from your computer. (Please not the screen below will be dependent of what risks are found on your computer.)

ByteFence Anti-Malaware detection of Shopping Helper Smartbar

Step 8. In the bottom right hand corner of the window click the Removed Checked button to begin the removal process. This should take only a few moments.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware removing Shopping Helper Smartbar

Step 9. Once complete your computer will be risk free and Shopping Helper Smartbar should be completely removed. if you have run a quick scan you might want to run a full scan afterwards to make sure any left-over items are removed as well (although items are no longer active you might want to remove them too).

Step 10. Just keep ByteFence installed and its real-time protection and schedule scans will keep your computer safe from now on.

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