How to remove Shield+
What is Shield+:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Recently our malware researchers issued a warning regarding the Shield+ a.k.a. Shield+ Browser – they performed a thorough investigation and concluded that even though Shield+ claims to provide 100% Ads Free Browsing Experience, it should be classified as a dangerous adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). The majority of the reputable security experts are claiming that the Shield+ is nothing more then an adware web client. The Shield+ Browser is advertised to offer secure shopping experience and to incorporate advanced shopping extensions for customer convenience. However, several researchers warned that Shield+ was packed with additional adware, which was capable of intercepting Facebook likes and Twitter comments. Furthermore, our security research team warned us that the Shield+ Ads are caused by a malicious browser extension and our security experts are sure that Shield+ Browser is just another ad-supported browser software, based on the Chromium open source project, and it will try & use all kinds of malicious tricks, just to make a bit more cash for its developers by showing/streaming sponsor ads and/or links. This type of malicious application is usually distributed via questionable or even suspicious software bundles, configured to perform a silent or stealth installation to hide additional installs from the users. Once installed, the Shield+ will start showing lots of intrusive ads on almost every websites, that you have requested. The adware will start collecting various browsing data, including browsing history, web searches, account credentials, tracking cookies as well as other sensitive private information and then it will share/sale with/to other 3rd party companies, which will later use the collected data for marketing purposes. Our security experts concluded that Shield+ uses a malicious browser extension, capable of injecting web ads code directly into almost every webpage you visit, which would lead to modification of the site design and content – especially, regarding the search results by the major search engines on the Net! Once installed, Shield+ could modify windows registry database and browsers’ settings, making the recovery even harder. If you start getting various web ads, claiming that they are – “By Shield+”, “Ads by Shield+”, “Shield+ Ads”, “Powered by Shield+”, “Brought by Shield+” or “Brought to you by Shield+” – you should consider your computer infected. Our security researchers strongly advise to perform a full system malware scan with some up-to-date, reputable and reliable anti-malware software product, just like SpyHunter 4.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might experience various pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim should consider, that the search results are compromised as well, most likely overloaded with spam and other third-party advertising.
Shield+ is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of Shield+ varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please, do not underestimate such threats!!!
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).
Automatic Shield+ Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Shield+ and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual Shield+ Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Shield+ Adware/PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Shield+ 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 any entry related to Shield+, StartNewTab.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects, NewPopTab.com Redirects & Pop-ups, Shopperz, MPC Cleaner, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com Hijacker, Magical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, Obrona Blockads, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, Space Sound Pro, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, BrowseAir, BetterSurf, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak or any third-party add-on, extension and/or toolbar, nevertheless we recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC was infected with this malware! If you find such a program, just right-click it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual 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 Shield+ 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 in order 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 close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
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 bottom-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 bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox 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 was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any folders or files related to Shield+ by checking the following locations: