ShopperMaster - How to remove?

 

ShopperMaster is yet another malicious application that you should not keep installed on your computer. It is listed as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) due to several malicious attributes. It is described as a useful and powerful tool that will provide users with various coupons, deals and other commercial offers when shopping online and will save their time as well as money this way. Moreover, you get all these attributes absolutely for free. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it has some major downsides that are way bigger than pros of this application and that’s why it is listed as an unwanted program. Once installed, ShopperMaster will display various ads on your web browsers in all kinds of forms, such as pop-up, pop-under, in-text or banner ads. Those ads will appear randomly from time to time, not when you need them the most. That’s pretty annoying. And it won’t help you to save you your money. You will purchase something not because you need that item, but only because you saw a great deal. Most of the time those deals appear on e-commerce websites like eBay or Amazon and offer you to purchase some particular goods at a better price rate. Those deals can look very appealing, but you should not believe them, because most of the time they are fake. That’s because they come from various third parties, that are often not reliable at all. The problem is that ShopperMaster works as a middleman between users and third parties, but the tool does not administrate or moderate its sponsors whose ads are displayed. That means completely everyone can access this advertising network and promote their products or/and services through it. So, in a nutshell, various cyber criminals, like scammers and hackers can reach you right on your web browser on a daily basis if you have this malware installed on your computer. And that’s why we do not recommend clicking on any of those ads. If you do so, you will be immediately redirected to third parties websites that may be infected by cyber criminals and cause harm to your computer. ShopperMaster is a browser add-on that can be added to all most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. It’s not available on Mac OSX yet.

If you do not mind to pay a visit to their official website at http://shoppermaster.info/index.html, you will find some interesting information right there. Here is how it is described by developers:

“The best part when you download ShopperMaster is that it is for free. This tool will let you see a complete and updated list of the best buys online. It will guide you to the right store and the right items that fit in your budget perfectly. “

ShopperMaster

As you already know, it’s not exactly true. Furthermore, take a look at its privacy policy, you will find some interesting facts there as well. Look at the sections “Data Collection” and “Data Usage”:

“Data Collection

1.We may collect certain information about your web usage and websites you have visited, which may be shared with third parties and used for advertising.

NOTE:-The plugin and other services collect and stores information concerning the web pages you visit and your activity on those pages, such as impressions, clicks and search terms. In some cases, information collected by the plugin and other services may be personally identifiable, and in some cases information (including information from or about pages of social media websites you visit) may be used or shared with third parties for purposes of displaying targeted advertisements promotional and marketing material to you.

Data Usage

Information we collect from you may be used in any of the following ways:

1.To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs).

2.To improve our Plugin and other Services (we continually strive to improve our application offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you).

3.To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support your needs).

4.To process transactions.

5.To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other Site features.

6.To send periodic emails (the email address you provide for order processing, may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, related product or service information, etc.).

Cookies

1.We use cookies and other tracking technologies (such as browser cookies, pixels, beacons, and Adobe Flash technology), which are comprised of data that often include certain identifier modules.

2.Our Site send this data to your browser when you request a web page and then store the data on your computer so the website can access information when you make subsequent requests for pages from that site.

3.These technologies may be used to collect and store information about your usage our Services, and other services such as search queries you have run, pages you have visited, advertisements you have seen and links you have clicked.

4. We may also use cookies, and other technologies, intended among others, to relate your use of services to personal information obtained from you or any third party and to measure the effectiveness and to personalize our services.

 

Let’s break it down and find out what it actually means. Once installed, ShopperMaster will collect your personal information, such as browsing history, search queries, top visited sites, IP address, email address or even your geographic location. Some of this information can be sold to third parties for marketing purposes. For instance, if your email address gets sold to third parties, you will receive tons of various spam emails every single day. And if some of your private information gets into evil hands, you can end up in a really big trouble. Information such as browsing history or search queries is used to adjust those advertisements. The developers of this adware adjust them according to the given data. This way the offers look more relevant and attractive to you so the chances that you will click on one of those ads rise. And that is the main goal of this malicious application – to make you click on one of those ads, because the owners of this tool gain revenue this way. You can also see that there is no valid contact information on its website. This means you are not aware of who stands behind this. And if you suffer some damage due to ShopperMaster, no one will hold the responsibility for it. It’s logical, that you should not keep this application installed on your computer. Even though it is not a dangerous virus itself, it can lead you to some major cyber security problems therefore it needs to be removed as soon as possible.

As you can see, there is no download button at tool’s official website. Then how one can download this application, you ask. Easy – it travels bundled with other free software and gets installed on users’ computers without them even being aware of it. I.e. when you download something from a suspicious looking website and install it, there is a chance that ShopperMaster will be installed behind your back at the same time. To avoid this happening, you should not download anything from websites with a questionable reputation. If you have no other option, be very attentive during the installation of freebies. Do not skip any steps (don’t just click “next” and “agree” buttons all the time without reading the whole information first) and opt out for a custom or advanced install mode if possible. This will allow you to see all possible options. Read all terms and conditions as well. Look for various check boxes that can be already marked for you. Some of the most important information can be written in a very small font, so be very attentive. If you notice that additional software is being installed alongside and you are not aware of it – do not allow it as it can possibly be the ShopperMaster or any other malware.

In case it is too late and your computer is already infected, you should wait no more and take needed actions to get rid of this infection. There are two most common ways to do that – manually or automatically. We advice to do it automatically, because it is more efficient and reliable. Download a trustworthy anti-malware, such as SpyHunter, StopZilla or Malwarebytes and scan your computer with it. The malware will be detected and removed automatically. One of these programs will also protect your computer from similar threats in the future as well. However, if you prefer a manual removal method (even though it’s not so reliable) you can do it by following our step-by-step ShopperMaster removal guide given below.

How to get rid of ShopperMaster adware

How to remove ShopperMaster using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like ShopperMaster adware install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.

  1. Start->Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key->Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
     
  2. Choose Uninstall Program;
     
  3. Go through a list of programs and select entries related to ShopperMaster .
     
  4. Click uninstall button.
     
  5. In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Reimage, Spyhunter or Malwarebytes to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
     

This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.

Removing ShopperMaster adware from your browsers


  Top Removing ShopperMaster from Firefox

  1. Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
     
  2. Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything ShopperMaster adware related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
     

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to ShopperMaster, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
     
  2. Choose TroubleshootingInformation on the Help menu.
     
  3. Click on the Reset Firefox button.
     
  4. Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
     

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.


  Top Remove malicious extensions from Internet Explorer

  1. Press on the Gear icon->Manage Add-ons.
     
  2. Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to ShopperMaster adware and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
     
  3. Close the Options.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to ShopperMaster, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Press on the Gear icon->Internet Options.
     
  2. Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button.
     
  3. Select a Delete personal settingscheckbox and click on the Reset button.
     
  4. Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
     

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.


  Top Removing ShopperMaster adware from Chrome

  1. Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Google Chrome window. Select “Settings”.

     
  2. Click “Extensions” on the left menu bar.

     
  3. Go through the extensions list and remove programs you do not need, especially similar to ShopperMaster. Click on the trash bin icon next to ShopperMaster adware or other add-ons you want to remove.
     
  4. Press on the “Remove” button on the Confirmation window.

     
  5. If unsure, you can disable them temporarily.
     
  6. Restart Chrome.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to ShopperMaster, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Click on Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
     
  2. Scroll to the end of the page and click on the Reset settings button.

     

  3. Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

 

Automatic ShopperMaster removal tools

 

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February 24th, 2017 12:36, February 24th, 2017 12:36
   
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