How to remove SmartOnes (Virus Removal Guide)
What is SmartOnes?
SmartOnes is the title of adware that usually gets onto a computer without direct user knowledge and will begin to bombard internet users with pop-up advertisements while they browse the web. This adware is cross-browser compatible, meaning if you find potential SmartOnes malware installed you will notice advertisements on each internet browser installed, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and others.
Potential SmartOnes malware uses techniques and browser attachments to access and gather user information for marketing purposes. Gathered user information includes all activities, bookmarks, history, and more. This can be very destructive to many users as they feel their personal information is being used improperly.
Once information is gathered by SmartOnes adware it will use the information to generate tailored advertisements and may also share the information with third-parties.
Furthermore, potential SmartOnes malware usually never installs alone. It is likely that you will need to uninstall other programs and remove additional browser add-ons and extensions to stop all unwanted activities.
How to remove SmartOnes (Virus Removal)
1. Automatic Removal Guide
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2. 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.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.
4. Once Malwarebytes has been opened, if a scan or update has not automatically initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.
5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer after removal to completely remove detected files.
6. You can chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer provide a threat.
CCleaner by Piriform
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings that have been changed during this infection. It can also fix system startup up settings and help uninstall unwanted software.
1. Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.
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.
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.
4. To automatically uninstall unwanted software, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Removal Guide
How to uninstall SmartOnes
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).
2. In Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section (If you are using Windows 8 you will bypass the Control Panel).
3. In the list of installed programs, search for software titled SmartOnes. Once the adware is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. *Follow any on-screen instructions that may prompt to remove this program.
How to remove SmartOnes add-ons and extensions
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the SmartOnes extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the SmartOnes add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the SmartOnes add-on, click it, and click the Remove button. If the button does not appear you must first uninstall associated software through the Control Panel.