Stubborn advertisements which will keep popping up when you are browsing on the Internet may be a quite maddening issue. They come from everywhere in a variety of forms and colors dominating your display screen and interfering with your normal browsing. If you are looking for a way to cope with the banners plus the Adware that is producing them, then look no further than this article. Usually, indicators such as pop-ups, banners, ads and box messages are associated with adware programs like AlphaShoppers. Fortunately, in this article, we’re going to give you all the information you might need so that you can successfully handle this sort of invasive applications.
ADWARE AND VIRUSES SECTION
A very typical reaction to an Adware issue is for people to think their machine has become the victim of a pc virus. Indeed, the word virus has become a collective term for all software-related issues that a PC can be subjected to, however, Adware programs aren’t really viruses.
Adware is an entity that is different from computer viruses – surely Adware programs may be annoying, but generally they are not hazardous. A software virus can obliterate and steal information, spy on the victim and more. For example, lets compare AlphaShoppers to an actualy virus type such as Ransomware. Ransomware is widely known for making all data files on a computer inacessible and blackmail their owner for hundreds of dollars’ worth of ransom money. Ransomware is definitely scary, but the good thing is this is not what you are up against right now. Once you succeed in getting rid of AlphaShoppers, it will be gone as if it never actually were there, so stay relaxed and proceed with the article
DANGERS OF ADWARE SECTION
Although adware products are regarded as safe, they can nevertheless hold certain risks due to their habit of changing a number of browser controls and at times divert you to websites you did not wish to visit.
One more troublesome part of the adware is its intrusive advertisements might trick you into subjecting your PC to different security hazards. Adware programs can at times be the cause of any unforeseen slow down of your laptop or computer, as they might require substantial amounts of RAM and CPU in order to operate. In an effort to offer targeted ads, adware services can even monitor users’ web browsing and history, which can be considered as a privacy breach.
Learning how to protect your PC from getting invaded by AlphaShoppers is vital. To do this, users ought to know the most common places where this kind of programs could be found and do their best to stay away from them.
Software bundling is probably the most commonly used strategy for spreading AlphaShoppers all over the net. Oftentimes, some free or cheap pieces of software hold the unwanted adware incorporated within them. In order to see if a specific software program has AlphaShoppers hidden inside it, go to its advanced installation menu prior to actually installing it. Too bad that many users usually go straight for the quick installation option that effectively lands them the adware. An essential rule of thumb is to at all times analyze the EULA, prior to installing any new pieces of software. Not surprisingly, since this is a very boring activity, you can just use the custom/advanced installation settings and in there find out if any undesirable content has been included. From that point, you could uncheck whatever looks like an adware. This frequently overlooked, but important step, could turn out to be the main difference between having a clean and secure Computer or having an unpleasant adware on your PC that you must get rid of. Last but not least, our final word of advice for you will be to get programs solely from internet websites that are reliable and dependable, while staying away from any dubious or potentially illegal ones.
AlphaShoppers Removal Guide
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant AlphaShoppers software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name AlphaShoppers on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name AlphaShoppers in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type AlphaShoppers and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for AlphaShoppers in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
Boris Writer; Editor
Boris is a writer and an editor of the articles on Malware Complaints. His mission is to provide the readers of our website with essential information and details with regards to various malicious programs, software viruses, potentially unwanted applications and any other form of malware that you, the users, might encounter. In addition, he also posts reviews of different programs and applications as well as news articles on various interesting and important topics related to the software world.