How to remove the Shopop (Virus Removal Guide)

Shopop virus

The Shopop virus  Shop Pop virus, My Pop Shop, Shopop Widget) is adware that infiltrates a Microsoft Windows computer system and attaches to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension without user knowledge. The program and objects associated with it gather personal data and use the data to serve targeted pop-up advertisements.

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Once Shopop malware is installed, the unwanted program and Shopop Widget browser extension will being to change operating system and internet browser settings, collect sensitive user information, and display target advertisements, deals, and offers.

Shopop generates a wide variety of advertisements from pop-up, pop-under, in-text (pictured below), to simple banner adverts that may appear to be generate from a visited website.

shopop in text advertisements

Most of the time Shopop pop-up ads appear form the bottom and top right of an open internet browser window with targeted coupons and that may say “Deals” on the corner of the pop-up, alike the advertisement in the image above. Some of these advertisements will say something similar to “brought by Shopop” or “Shopop Deals.”

Potential Shopop malware and third-party items have also been reported to submit collected user information to third-party marketing and mailing lists without user consent. Some users have reported unwanted email spam, junk mail, and have even complained of unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent browser activity and history.

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The Shopop Widget extension for Google Chrome has permission to access all data on your computer and the websites you visit.

How does Shopop adware get onto a computer?

Shopop adware often bundles with third-party freeware and shareware, as well as torrents from websites such as download.com and thepiratebay.

In some cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Shopop adware and other items; however, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner in order to trick users into installing excessive bloatware and malware.

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Shopop adware can also be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of unethical sources including the company website.

How to remove Shopop (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Shopop Widget add-on and extension

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

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2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall Shopop

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

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3. Search for Shopop and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

Step 3: Remove Shopop malware with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Shopop malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.