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SmarterPassword (Virus Removal Guide)


SmarterPassword is the name of an ad-serving program in the adware category. This adware injects the webpages you visit in your browser with deceptive advertisements. Advertisements generated by SmarterPassword adware will often say “Ads by SmarterPassword” on them. This adware generates pop-up ads, pop-under ads, in-text ads, and generic banner and skyscraper ads that can cover legitimate advertisements. SmarterPassword adware may utilize a program that installs onto Windows operating system or browser add-ons and extensions that attach to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer in order to serve advertisements to you.


SmarterPassword adware typically bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware. These programs may utilize unethical advertising methods to persuade users to manually install them. Advertisements may claim that SmarterPassword is something it is not, or that a program that bundles this adware is something it is not.

SmarterPassword may enter your computer or attach to your browser without your knowledge and consent. In some cases, SmarterPassword adware will be included as a custom installation for third-party products such as freeware, download managers, and torrent files. It will automatically download in the background once a third-party object has been introduced to your computer.

If you find SmarterPassword adware on your computer you will want to remove it immediately and scan your computer with reputable software to locate any additional threats that may be present on your machine.

Threat Details

Name SmarterPassword, SmarterPassword virus *This infection is not technically defined as a computer virus
Detection Categories Adware, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Publisher Description N/A
Symptoms Advertisements in the web browser
Browser redirects to sponsored webpages
Decreased internet speed and performance
Decreased computer functionality and performance
Bundles with malware and other potentially unwanted programs
Common Path(s) C:\Program Files (x86)
C:\Users\{USER}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\
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How to remove SmarterPassword (Virus Removal Guide)

This SmarterPassword removal guide will remove SmarterPassword, viruses, malware, and other threats from your computer and browser.

  1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
  2. Scan your computer with HitmanPro
  3. Uninstall SmarterPassword and unwanted programs
  4. Remove SmarterPassword extension
  5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

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Scan your computer with Malwarebytes

The first step to remove this program is to download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

3. When the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

Scan your computer with HitmanPro

The second step to remove this program is to download and install a second opinion scanner called HitmanPro by Surfright in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

Uninstall SmarterPassword and unwanted programs

The third step to remove this program is to uninstall SmarterPassword and other unwanted programs in Windows Control Panel.

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

2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program. In earlier versions of Windows this is listed as “Add and remove programs.”

3. Search for SmarterPassword Supporting Application in the list and double click it.

4. Once you have uninstalled SmarterPassword Supporting Application search for other unwanted programs that may be installed on your computer and uninstall them as well.

Remove SmarterPassword extension

The fourth step to remove this program is to remove unwanted browser add-ons and extensions from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari.

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the SmarterPassword extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the SmarterPassword add-on and click Remove.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.

2. Search for the SmarterPassword add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the SmarterPassword extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

The fifth step to remove this program is to download and install CCleaner by Piriform in order to delete leftover junk files, tracking cookies, registry entries, unwanted start-up tasks, and more.

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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