What is SimplyWatch? Computer security experts has determined that the SimplyWatch is a PUP from the adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) family. The undesired application usually gets installed alongside free programs, codecs and shareware. Aside from causing redirections, the SimplyWatch ad-supported software also can show lots of popup ads, slow down the computer and continually gather lots of confidential data.
The SimplyWatch that causes multiple annoying advertisements and pop ups, can attack your computer’s web browsers like the Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox. Maybe you approve the idea that the popups from it is just a small problem. But these undesired SimplyWatch advertisements eat PC system resources.
The worst is, it can collect your browsing history and user information, including passwords and credit card numbers. In the future, privacy info about you can be transferred third party companies.
Therefore it is very important to follow the steps below as soon as possible. The steps will help you to get rid of adware as well as clean your PC system from the SimplyWatch ads. What is more, the step-by-step guidance below will allow you remove other harmful apps such as undesired toolbars and browser hijackers, that can be installed onto PC system along with the ad-supported software.
Remove SimplyWatch (removal instructions)
In the guidance below, we will try to cover the Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer and provide general advice to remove SimplyWatch adware. You may find some minor differences in your MS Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: uninstall all suspicious and unknown software, reset web browsers settings, fix internet browsers shortcuts, delete malicious scheduled tasks, use free malicious software removal utilities. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your web browser or reboot your system.
To remove SimplyWatch, perform the steps below:
- How to manually remove SimplyWatch
- Scan your system and get rid of SimplyWatch adware with free tools
- Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
- How did you get infected with SimplyWatch adware
- To sum up
How to manually remove SimplyWatch
The few simple steps will help you delete Ads by SimplyWatch adware. These SimplyWatch removal steps work for the Mozilla Firefox, IE, Google Chrome and MS Edge, as well as every version of Microsoft Windows operating system.
Uninstall adware through the Windows Control Panel
Some potentially unwanted software, browser hijacking applications and adware can be uninstalled by uninstalling the free software they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed applications in Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to get rid of them.
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will display the Windows Control Panel as shown on the screen below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all software installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and remove any questionable and unknown applications.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the SimplyWatch adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you boot your personal computer, it will display an unwanted web-page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all harmful tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will show a prompt which titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as displayed below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ programs, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the following example.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by the SimplyWatch adware. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Get rid of SimplyWatch from Microsoft Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer browser you restore your web browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by SimplyWatch ad supported software that causes tons of unwanted advertisements.
First, run the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. It will remove SimplyWatch adware that causes browsers to show unwanted pop-ups, disable malicious and ad-supported internet browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like newtab, default search engine and homepage to default state.
Remove SimplyWatch from Chrome
Use the Reset web-browser utility of the Chrome to reset all its settings like home page, search engine and newtab to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of web-browser redirects to unwanted ads.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the addon signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option called “Settings”.
The browser will display the settings screen. Another method to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation prompt as shown in the following example.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will run the task of cleaning. Once it is finished, the browser’s settings including search engine by default, newtab and startpage back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your PC system.
Remove SimplyWatch from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
If your Firefox web browser is redirected to SimplyWatch ads without your permission or an unknown search engine shows results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web-browser reset.
First, start the Firefox and press button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, click the Help button () as displayed in the figure below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the SimplyWatch ‘ad supported’ software that causes web browsers to display unwanted pop ups. Once, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Scan your system and get rid of SimplyWatch adware with free tools
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove SimplyWatch adware that causes multiple annoying ads and pop-ups. So, we advise to scan your personal computer for any remaining malicious components with free adware removal apps below.
How to delete SimplyWatch ‘ad supported’ software with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a tool which can remove ad-supported software, PUPs, hijackers and other malicious software from your personal computer easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of personal computer resources.
- Installing the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) is simple. First you will need to download Zemana Anti Malware on your system from the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
- After the download is finished, close all software and windows on your system. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is finished, click the “Scan” button to search for SimplyWatch adware that causes multiple undesired ads and pop-ups. While the utility is scanning, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
- Once finished, you’ll be shown the list of all detected items on your PC system. When you’re ready, click “Next”. After that process is complete, you may be prompted to restart your system.
Run HitmanPro to remove SimplyWatch from browser
Hitman Pro will help remove SimplyWatch ‘ad supported’ software that causes web-browsers to display undesired popups that slow down your PC system. The browser hijackers, ad supported software and other PUPs slow your web browser down and try to trick you into clicking on suspicious ads and links. Hitman Pro removes the adware and lets you enjoy your personal computer without SimplyWatch ads.
- Please go to the link below to download HitmanPro. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
- Once the download is complete, start the Hitman Pro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the Hitman Pro window, press the “Next” to start checking your computer for the SimplyWatch that reroutes your web browser to intrusive ad web-pages. While the utility is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- After the checking is finished, Hitman Pro will open you the results. Review the report and then press “Next”. Now, click the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to remove all malicious software found.
Scan and clean your PC system of ad-supported software with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to search for ad-supported software and thereby remove Ads by SimplyWatch adware from your web-browsers. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the system.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
Once the downloading process is complete, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes will try to update itself and when this procedure is complete, click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) utility will start scanning the whole machine to find out SimplyWatch that causes web-browsers to show unwanted pop up advertisements. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is a free program that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal utility, we advise you to read and follow the few simple steps or the video guide below.
Run AdBlocker to block stay safe online
It is important to run ad blocker software such as AdGuard to protect your machine from harmful pages. Most security experts says that it’s okay to stop advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to block malicious, misleading and other intrusive sites.
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard from the link below. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When the download is finished, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick tutorial like below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop ads, as well as other harmful or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.
How did you get infected with SimplyWatch adware
To sum up
Now your computer should be clean of the SimplyWatch that causes multiple unwanted advertisements and popups. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop ups and undesired malicious web-sites) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your computer for new adwares and other malware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Ads by SimplyWatch adware from the IE, Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.