Shopping Helper Smartbar

Shopping Helper Smartbar Description

Shopping Helper Smartbar Screenshot 1Shopping Helper, also known as Shopping Helper Smartbar or PUP.Shopping Helper, is a browser add-on that claims to advertise bargains for efficient online shopping, although its advertisements aren’t necessarily aligned with the best possible prices available. Like similar adware programs such as SaveNShare or Buzzsearch Deals, Shopping Helper’s advertisements may have some theoretical benefits, but usually only will be security and performance issues for your browser. Considering the frequency with which adware programs are exploited for delivering attacks against vulnerable computers, malware researchers see no problems in recommending that you delete Shopping Helper as soon as you have the time, even if Shopping Helper isn’t considered a threat.

A Helper that Doesn’t Leave Your Web Browser Alone

Shopping Helper is one of the many adware add-ons on the Web that claim that their advertising features are to your advantage, even though their advertisements are selected from partners that offer revenue for the traffic, rather than from universal options that are found exclusively for their competitive prices. Since Shopping Helper doesn’t include deliberately harmful functions and doesn’t have a history of promoting unreliable content, malware researchers classify Shopping Helper as a Potentially Unwanted Program. PUPs often are overall drawbacks to your PC, but, on average, only are minor security risks.

Shopping Helper’s advertisements usually are injected into Web pages not designed to load them, with product comparison thumbnails, banners and other graphics-based advertisements being their most usual formats.

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Since these advertisement injections modify the way a page looks, and how it interacts with your PC, they may harm your ability to access all of a site’s content (such as by blocking portions of an article or a menu button). Shopping Helper advertisements also may cause performance problems like decreased loading time or stuttering, particularly for computers with limited system specs.

How to Help Your Browser out of Shopping Helper’s Bargains

Shopping Helper may only be a PUP, but, like any other adware, has the potential for accidentally loading content that could harm your computer, such as phishing attacks and fraudulent system alerts. Good browser practices like disabling unnecessary scripts and avoiding giving information away to suspicious third parties can mitigate most attack vectors that would try to hurt your PC. However, malware experts always encourage deleting Shopping Helper and all other adware regularly, rather than trusting your personal ability to dodge potential attacks for the sake of getting advertisements that aren’t likely to be beneficial.

Shopping Helper is compatible with various Windows browsers, with compatibility for other operating systems still awaiting confirmation. If you’re using a PC that has been affected by Shopping Helper, deleting Shopping Helper with an efficient anti-malware product should be the simplest way of removing all pop-up advertisements and other side effects of this PUP’s presence. Any side effects not associated with browser advertisements should be assumed to be that of unrelated threats, which may have installed Shopping Helper (if you’re unaware of how Shopping Helper was installed originally).

Shopping Helper Smartbar Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)

Is your PC infected with Shopping Helper Smartbar? To safely & quickly detect Shopping Helper Smartbar we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.

Technical Details

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
Posted: March 13, 2014 | By
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Detection Count: 5,471

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