How to remove SurfShield (Virus Removal Guide)
Remove ads by SurfShield on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer and get rid of adware with this free SurfShield removal guide.
What is SurfShield?
SurfShield is detected as adware by most security vendors because it is advertisement-supported and generates intrusive advertisements while users surf the web based off of information it collects about them. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) is primarily used to display targeted advertisements across multiple internet browsers after accessing and collecting user data that it uses to victimize internet users; However, users complain that it can also slow down computer performance and interrupt internet connectivity.
Chances are if you find potential SurfShield malware installed onto your computer, it’s not the least of your problems. You will also find other unwanted programs that introduce their own unwanted symptoms and create further complications for users because this adware often bundles with third-party items, including add-ons and extensions designed to change existing internet browser settings or attachments developed to gather user information for third-party marketing purposes.
Most of the time this adware aggressively introduces a user to pop-up advertisements, but it does so by collecting user information and manipulating the info to target users with specific promotions based off their browsing activities, bookmarks, and history.
How to remove SurfShield (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 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
How to uninstall SurfShield
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 SurfShield. 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 SurfShield add-ons and extensions
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 SurfShield 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 SurfShield 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 SurfShield add-on and remove it if located.