How to remove Sport Hero Adware
What is Sport Hero:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Sport Hero (a.k.a. Sports Hero, Sport Hero Ads or Ads by Sport Hero) is a fake and bogus application, developed by the notorious APN LLC and usually appears on users’ systems as a drive-by install by some freeware product, recently installed via some suspicious software bundle. Although, that the Sport Hero app claims to improve user’s browsing experience and provides a better sport search engine, our malware analysts classified it as a dangerous adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), because of the intrusive ads marketing and because of its suspicious activity once installed (collecting various private browsing data). Once installed, the Sport Hero starts generating all kinds of intrusive ads and pop-up windows, which are making the web browsing almost impossible. Our researchers concluded that the Sport Hero Ads have being generated by an adware, caused by a malicious browser extension, installed using stealth or silent mode by a suspicious software bundle, often downloaded from questionable or even dangerous websites. The Sport Hero has being considered a vicious adware infection, by the majority of the reputable malware researchers around the world and if you already have experienced these Sport Hero Ads on your computer, our security consultants strongly recommend you to perform a full system malware scan, using an up-to-date and reliable anti-malware product, just like the award-winning SpyHunter 4. After performing a closer review, our security analysts also found out that the Sport Hero infection has being designed very cleverly to earn revenue for its developers by creating a virtual layer above users’ web browser window and/or by intercepting their web traffic and injecting various sponsor links and/or ads on almost every web page, requested by the user. Further tests have shown that, once activated the adware modifies browser settings and/or system settings and starts collecting various private data from victim’s computer, which includes recent Web Searches, Browsing History, Location History, Usernames & Passwords, E-mail addresses, Cookies, Names, SSN, Credit Card information and other private data and even online banking credentials. This data will be either sold or shared with other 3rd party companies, which will finally use it for their own marketing purposes. So, if your web browser start showing you various irritating ads by Sport Hero, Ads by Sport Hero, Sport Hero Ads, Ad by Sport Hero, Powered by Sport Hero, Brought by Sport Hero, Optimized by Sport Hero or Brought to you by Sport Hero – you should consider your PC infected by the Sport Hero adware. The Sport Hero works with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
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 advise you to consider the search results also compromised and/or manipulated – usually they are full of 3rd party ads and/or other Link SPAM.
Sport Hero 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 Sport Hero 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 Sport Hero 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!!!
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 Sport Hero Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
In order to detect and remove Sport Hero, 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 initiate 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 unlimited one-on-one phone or remote support for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual Sport Hero Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Sport Hero 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 Sport Hero 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 Sport Hero, PlayLunar, ArcadeLoot, Gamesopolis, PC Backup 360, Safebrowsing.biz, In Motion Search, Window Frame Ads, Froovr, TrumpKard, Search.bestmediatabsearch.com, Trendio, Search.startjoysearch.com, TrendingUpNow, Hohosearch.com, Searchguide.level3.com, Flirchi.com, Yeabests.cc, N121adserv.com, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, LiveAdExchanger.com, StartNewTab.com, NewPopTab.com, Outbrain.com, Shopperz, MPC Cleaner, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com, 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, Video Converter Toolbar, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, BrowseAir, BetterSurf, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak or any 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 software bundle. If you find something – right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are real infections and you might not being 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 Sport Hero 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 with all its content – including all the files and all the subfolders.
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 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 top-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 Sport Hero by checking the following locations: