What is SmoothBrowse?
SmoothBrowse is adware that can often get onto a computer system and attach to multiple internet browser without detection from Antivirus programs. This unwanted adware displays various pop-up advertisements, coupons, and deals while users are browsing the internet and can also be held responsible for unwanted email spam, browser redirects, and sponsored search links.
Possible SmoothBrowse malware may participate in what some experts call unethical marketing practices to infiltrate a computer system without detection. Once installed, the adware will use browser helper objects, add-ons, and extensions to gather user browsing data, such as a user’s complete browsing activities and history, and will use the collected data to introduce users to targeted advertisements based off browsing habits.
Furthermore, these programs usually come bundled with other unwanted items that can cause different issues and will have permissions set that can allow them to change additional existing internet browser settings. In turn, additional items, as well as this standalone adware may cause unwanted browser redirects and start-ups to suspicious websites such as lasaoren.
If you see ads by SmoothBrowse on Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer while browsing the internet or you are experiencing unwanted browser redirects derived from this program, it is very likely that other unwanted items are also installed. If this is the case, you must remove third-party programs and browser attachments to completely get rid of unwanted advertisements. However, malicious traces may still be present on a computer system after removal of such programs which is why we suggest to use free or full versions of Anti-Malware software to get rid of this infection.
How to remove SmoothBrowse (Virus Removal)
1. Automatic Removal Guide
Use the instructions below to remove SmoothBrowse and third-party malware.
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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. *Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.
4. Once the Malwarebytes program has been open, if a scan has not initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to initiate 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 remove the files.
6. You may also chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer prove a threat.
CCleaner by Piriform
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings, fix system startup up settings, and uninstall unwanted software.
1. Install the free or paid 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
Use the instructions below to uninstall SmoothBrowse from Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
How to uninstall SmoothBrowse
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 SmoothBrowse. 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 SmoothBrowse add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions below to remove SmoothBrowse attachments from Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the SmoothBrowse 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 SmoothBrowse 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 SmoothBrowse add-on and remove it if located.