I was watching move at youku and then a pop-up came into the screen. Later, I was redirecting to a ads site on Internet Explorer. It is called SmartOfferDisplay. Things went worse next morning when I used my computer. Whenever I open my browser and begin a new tab, this virus takes me to its domain. I have tried all my best to fix it like change my homepage settings, delete some unknown add-on. I also used my Norton to try to clean this virus. However, none of them works. I am so confused what to do now. Please help!
SmartOfferDisplay is an annoying browser hijacker which is sorted to be a potentially wanted adware. If you notice that your current homepage or browser setting is changed to this adware’s domain, it is an obvious sign that your computer is infected by this adware virus or other unwanted applications. Your browser and homepage has been hijacked by some kind of redirect virus as well. In terms of technology, browser hijacker is not a virus. On the other hand, it is familiar to all computer users. However, this virus is not suggested to leave on your computer with the passage of time. As it will not only affect your browser but also make a lot of computer troubles on your computer. So you should remove from your computer as soon as you can.
Even though this program states that it will help computer users listen to almost any kind of songs around the world immediately at anywhere and or any time. If you believe it, then you are tricked by it as it is not a good program at all. SmartOfferDisplay commonly sneaks into your computer through free downloads, spam emails attachments, suspicious web pages. This virus can dive into your computer secretly. You may not know it until you detect it or are redirected to its own website. This virus is supported by different kind of ads for its third party owners. It has the ability to create lots of ads including price comparisons, deals, coupons, in-text, in-search, banner ads, pop-ups and rebates and etc.. These things may chock up your system and occupy a huge CPU of your computer. This will affect the performance of the system that leads to degradation. SmartOfferDisplay should be removed immediately when you detect it on your computer.
1. It can be added to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers without your notification.
2. You are rerouted to some unknown sponsored websites that you have never seen before when you surfing online.
3. You can get a bunch of popup ads show on the webpage which you are browsing.
4. It can be installed on your computer slightly.
5. This browser hijacker can introduce various infections and unwanted programs onto your system,
6. It can investigate your browsing behavior and gather your input information online.
7. It is also responsible for collecting computer user’s private information like IP address and online traces for unethical using of online marketing.
Note: If one of symptoms mentioned above is found in your computer, then you must know that your computer is being attacked by the browser hijacker. Since the browser hijacker is so dangerous, once your computer is infected, you should take actions to delete the hijacker. If you are not a computer expert, in case you lose your important data or damage your system, please welcome to contact Yoocare/Yoosecurity Online Expert for help now!
SmartOfferDisplay hijacks your default browser to redirect your web search results and modifies your default homepage and browser settings. Manual removal is the most effective way to completely uninstall it from an infected computer’s operating system, for the season that this hijacker is so cunning and dangerous, antivirus programs cannot get rid of it permanently. Here are the manual guides for users to remove the annoying hijacker.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the dubious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of this virus
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end this hijacker’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
*For Win 8 Users:
Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to this browser hijacker through Registry Editor Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
Once SmartOfferDisplay installed on your computer, it may install browser extension or add-on on your web browser to spread advertisements to fill up your computer. Otherwise, this adware and pop-up may readdress you to some unwanted web pages, which may contain other infections like Trojan, spyware, malware and so on. This may collects your search habit and pilfer your confidential information for transferring to remote hackers. Furthermore, it may send you pop-up ads claiming from this adware’s web sites with the purpose of alluring you download or clicking the pop-ups, so that they can make extra profit by this way. This adware is commonly associated with most common web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. This is the reason why you are always redirected again and again when you open your web and start to browse. If you find this virus on your computer, please remove it right now.
Suggestion: The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.
Published by & last updated on January 24, 2015 1:10 pm