SoftPlanet Software Assistant is an adware(sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). It is created only for one purpose – show ads or redirect to other ‘ad-supported’ web sites. All the time, while the ‘ad supported’ software is running, your web-browser will be fill with annoying ads. These ads will be injected within the content of web-sites that are you opening in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. This advertising can be varied: boxes signed with “SoftPlanet Software Assistant” or “Powered by SoftPlanet Software Assistant” or “Brought to you by SoftPlanet Software Assistant” or “Ads by SoftPlanet Software Assistant”, in-text ads, different sized banners, pop-ups, warnings with message that you need to update a flash player, your antivirus or install an questionable software. These ads will appear on all websites, including sites where previously you advertising banners have never seen. Moreover, this adware will be able to collect a lot of information about you, everything related to what are you doing on the Internet. Thus, it is clear that the presence of adware on your PC is not desirable, and you need to clean up your system in order to get rid of SoftPlanet Software Assistant advertisements as quickly as possible.
The malicious programs from the adware family that changes the settings of web-browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a internet browser’s shortcut, so every time you open the internet browser, instead of your start page, you will see the annoying SoftPlanet Software Assistant ads.
Therefore it’s very important to follow the few simple steps below as soon as possible. The step-by-step instructions will assist you to remove adware as well as clean your PC system from the SoftPlanet Software Assistant pop-up ads. What is more, the step-by-step guide below will help you remove other dangerous software like unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the machine along with the adware.
How to SoftPlanet Software Assistant adware get installed onto your computer
Probably, the ‘ad supported’ software get installed onto your computer when you have installed a free applications like E-Mail checker, PDF creator, video codec, etc. Because, most commonly the adware is bundled within the install packages from Softonic, Cnet, Soft32, Brothersoft or other similar pages. Even removing the program that contains adware, does not help you remove the SoftPlanet Software Assistant ads. Therefore, you must follow the instructions below to delete all unwanted ads.
How to manually remove SoftPlanet Software Assistant pop-ups
If you perform exactly the step-by-step guide below you should be able to delete the SoftPlanet Software Assistant pop-ups. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web-browser or restart your PC system.
- Delete suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of SoftPlanet Software Assistant advertisements from Firefox
- Remove SoftPlanet Software Assistant advertisements from Google Chrome
- Remove SoftPlanet Software Assistant ads from IE
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete suspicious and unknown applications 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 press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It’ll open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Get rid of SoftPlanet Software Assistant advertisements from Firefox
First, start the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove SoftPlanet Software Assistant advertisements from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to get rid of the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s home page, newtab page and search provider by default that have been modified by adware.
- Open the Google Chrome, then click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, that located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove SoftPlanet Software Assistant ads from IE
To delete the SoftPlanet Software Assistant advertisements you need to reset the Microsoft Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will display the drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then press the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box like below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
When the task is done, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted ads 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 together. This shows a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the screen below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your personal computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the unwanted software, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen 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.
Remove SoftPlanet Software Assistant pop-ups with Malwarebytes
Delete SoftPlanet Software Assistant manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your machine. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal program. It can automatically detect and delete the ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) of the your system. Moreover, this free application will help you to get rid of web-browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your machine may be infected too. You can follow the steps below to remove the SoftPlanet Software Assistant unwanted pop-ups completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below.
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Once downloaded, close all applications and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the install begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC system.
Once setup is done, you will see window as on the image below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out the SoftPlanet Software Assistant adware. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the scanning is done, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing the adware related files, folders, registry keys. When the disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
The following video explains the instructions above on how to remove ad supported software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
How to stop SoftPlanet Software Assistant pop-up ads
To increase your security and protect your PC against new unwanted advertisements and malicious sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to harmful ads and pages. Moreover, the application can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.Adguard download
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- When downloading is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the setup is done, press “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial which will assist 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 machine, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, SoftPlanet Software Assistant ads, as well as other malicious 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 is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your PC system and delete SoftPlanet Software Assistant pop-ups with AdwCleaner.
This removal application is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove ad supported software, browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and Microsoft Edge web browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (homepage, new tab and default search engine). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the computer.
Download AdwCleaner tool from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the downloading process is done, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to open the application, click Yes button to continue.
Now, click the “Scan” . This will start scanning the whole machine to find out the SoftPlanet Software Assistant ad supported software.
When it has finished scanning your personal computer, it will open a list of all items detected by this tool as shown below.
You need to press “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box, click “OK” to begin the cleaning process. When the cleaning process is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
After completing the step-by-step guide outlined above, your PC should be clean from malware and adware. The Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Edge will no longer display SoftPlanet Software Assistant unwanted pop-ups or redirect you to unwanted web sites. Unfortunately, if the instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new type of ad-supported software, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.