How to remove Ads by SockShare
What is SockShare:
Threat Classification: Adware/PUP
If you starts experiencing lots of Ads by SockShare (a.k.a. SockShare adware or SockShare Pop-ups), you should consider your computer compromised and we strongly recommend you to run a system-wide malware scan. Our malware experts have performed some tests and have looked deep into this issue, and at the end they were able to conclude, that the SockShare Ads are caused by a rogue browser extension, that comes with some suspicious software bundles, which often are installed using silent or stealth method and when activated it starts showing intrusive ads on almost every web page, you visit. Our malware experts warned us, that the SockShare adware often infiltrates user computers without consent and it is noticed just after it’s active and starts showing lots of intrusive web ads.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems experience various pop-up ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link ads or other types of commercials, which have being displayed on almost every requested web page. We recommend you to consider the search results compromised and/or manipulated and because they are usually full of 3rd party ads and/or other junk SPAM.
SockShare Ads is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported products and has being installed by default, while the user performs an express/default installation. That is why we strongly recommend you to always opt-out and use custom installation if possible and available. If you deselect all the unwanted (not requested by you) software from the software bundle installer process will save you a lot of time, troubles and money wasted for the recovery process. You should leave selected (included) for installation only the initially requested software. The possible distribution of SockShare Ads varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, various multimedia codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking suspicious ads or banners etc.
The main goal of SockShare Ads is to generate as much web traffic as possible, that could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of that or similar adware will collect private information from your computer, that might be used to track your browsing habits, IP addresses, Bookmarks, Usernames, Passwords and even financial information, however often they collect much more than just that. That is why these kinds of infections should not being left unattended, and need to been terminated immediately, as they present a serious threat to your online, personal and financial safety and security.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause data loss. Please, do not underestimate such threats!!!
How to remove Ads by SockShare:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove Ads by SockShare Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
In order to detect and remove SockShare Ads, you should download and install SpyHunter, by clicking the download button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically start a malware scan, which will detect all present threats on your system. To unlock the full potential of the SpyHunter Anti-Malware Security Suite and use it as a removal tool, you need to have an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically start a scan and will detect all present threats on your computer.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find more about the SpyHunter Installation Process. SpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can remove the detected files, cookies and/or registry entries manually, by yourself, however, we strongly recommend you to buy a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get an unlimited one-on-one phone or remote support for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove Ads by SockShare Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove SockShare Ads Adware manually, although you should proceed at your own risk. Any of the below-mentioned interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual Removal Method has being recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all the other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove SockShare Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for all entries related to SockShare Adware, Initialsite123.com, Navigate Pro, SearchesSpace.com, HDWallPaper, Trotux.com, Social2Search, SafeFinder, BeleelaShopperSearch.com, Ya.ru, Mybeginning123.com, MyLuckySearching.com, MyLuckySurfing.com, MyLuckyPage123.com, Ace Stream Media, Net Wiz Adware, Nostopped.net, Search.privacy-search.com, CreateDocsOnline Toolbar, Spoutly Ads, Clicksor Ads, Mysites123.com, SearchEncrypt.com, Searchdimension.com, Searchlock.com, CreateDocsOnline Toolbar, SearchPrivate.org, SmartSputnik.ru, Ecosia.org, DragonBoost Adware, Dingit.tv, NewTab.club, Launchpage.org, QuickWeatherTracker Toolbar, Weatherbuddy Ads, InitialPage123.com, SpeeDownloader Ads, LiveRadioSweeper Toolbar, EasyFileConvert Toolbar, Searchguide.level3.com, Passwordlogic Toolbar, GetsFormsOnline Toolbar, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Ludashi, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net, From Doc To PDF Toolbar, Syndication.exoclick.com, SafeSurfs.com or any other third-party add-on, extension, and toolbar. We strongly recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection because most likely they came together via some suspicious software bundle. If you find something – try using mouse and right-click on it and to proceed and uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are real infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove SockShare Ads from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart browser it for the new changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire “Chrome” folder together with all files and folders within.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the lower left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox Main window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that has being imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any files or folders related to SockShare Adware by checking the following locations: