The very appearance smartconsumerrewards.com ads is a classic sign of ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which installed on your PC. Moreover, the adware can lead to the web-browser freezing/crash, delays when starting a new browser window or delays when viewing a web-page on the World Wide Web. I think you definitely want to solve this problem. For this purpose, necessity to perform cleanup of your PC. Complete the guide below that will allow you to get rid of smartconsumerrewards.com advertisements and clean your system from the adware using the standard features of Windows and some proven freeware.
The ad supported software usually affects only the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge by changing the web-browser’s settings or installing a malicious extensions (addons). Moreover, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The adware will perform a scan of the computer for internet browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it will add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you open the web-browser, you will see an annoying smartconsumerrewards.com page.
The ad supported software may insert tons of advertisements directly to the web-sites that you visit, creating a sense that the advertisements has been added by the creators of the site. Moreover, a legal ads may be replaced on the fake advertisements, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the ad supported software has the ability to collect a huge number of personal information about you (your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the World Wide Web, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
So, obviously, you need to remove the adware ASAP. Use the free step-by-step guide below. This guide will help you clean your system and thereby remove the smartconsumerrewards.com annoying popup ads.
How does smartconsumerrewards.com ads get installed onto system
How to manually remove smartconsumerrewards.com
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually uninstall smartconsumerrewards.com popup ads from the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove smartconsumerrewards.com advertisements from FF
- Remove smartconsumerrewards.com ads from Google Chrome
- Remove smartconsumerrewards.com ads from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove smartconsumerrewards.com redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , 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 open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Click “Uninstall a program” It will open a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Remove smartconsumerrewards.com advertisements from FF
If the Mozilla Firefox settings have been changed by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the redirect onto smartconsumerrewards.com ads.
Run the Firefox and press button to open the Tools menu. It displays the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Click on the Help button (). In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type about:support in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. It will show the confirmation dialog box. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. Once, it’s done, press the “Finish” button
Remove smartconsumerrewards.com ads from Google Chrome
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click to Settings option. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and click on the Reset settings button. Confirm your action, click on the Reset button.
Remove smartconsumerrewards.com ads from Microsoft Internet Explorer
Run Microsoft Internet Explorer, press . Click “Internet Options” as shown below. In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next press Reset button. The 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 PC system for the changes to take effect. It will restore the IE’s settings to default state, disable ad-supported browser’s extensions and remove the redirect to the smartconsumerrewards.com unwanted web page.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove smartconsumerrewards.com redirect
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the browser, and not on any unknown file. Right click to a desktop shortcut for your browser. Choose the “Properties” option.
It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The adware can replace it. If you are seeing something like “…exe http://web.site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example on the screen below. Once is done, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for browser shortcuts which redirects to an annoying web-sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted smartconsumerrewards.com web-page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all the tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ applications.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This displays a small window that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press Enter. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://smartconsumerrewards.com”, then you need remove it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the malicious software, then this task also can be safely removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove smartconsumerrewards.com ads automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely get rid of pop-up ads from the infected computer. This is because the adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and get rid of completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the ad supported software again infect your PC and it will begin to open unwanted smartconsumerrewards.com ads. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove the ad supported software manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the computer.
I suggest using the MalwareBytes Anti-malware Free that are completely clean your computer. The Anti-malware is an advanced malware removal program developed by MalwareBytes. This application uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you get rid of browser hijackers, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC for free.
Now, click the link below to download MalwareBytes Anti-malware Free on your system. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once the downloading process is finished, close all applications and windows on your system. Next, start the setup file named mbam-setup. When a “Security warning” prompt pops up as shown on the screen below, press the Run button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” dialog box that will help you install MalwareBytes Anti-malware on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, press Finish button. Then MalwareBytes Anti-malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your PC for the adware that cause a redirect to smartconsumerrewards.com. When a malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished. Please be patient.
As the scanning ends, you can check all threats detected on your computer. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Remove Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti-malware will start removing smartconsumerrewards.com advertisements and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to Restart.
I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Anti-malware to remove adware and other malware.
How to stop smartconsumerrewards.com
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new annoying ads and malicious web sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to malicious ads and sites. Moreover, the software can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program using the following link.
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- After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up ads, smartconsumerrewards.com redirects, as well as other dangerous or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon , which is located on your Windows desktop.
Remove smartconsumerrewards.com and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot remove the unwanted smartconsumerrewards.com redirect within the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars. Also you can ask for help our Myantispyware team below.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Once finished, open a directory in which you saved it. You will see a icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Press “Scan” button to perform a system scan for malicious extensions and the ad supported software which opens the advertisements from smartconsumerrewards.com page. Once AdwCleaner has finished, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Cleaning” button. It will open a prompt.
Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your system.
When your PC system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
How to ask for help the Myantispyware team
If you are seeking a help for smartconsumerrewards.com redirect removal then follow these steps.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop. HijackThis download
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon, and click the button labeled “Do a system scan only”.
- Once the scan is complete, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop
Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying smartconsumerrewards.com .