What is PowerSmash
PowerSmash is supposed to be a program that will improve the browsing experience, but it is adware. Adware can cause many troubles like unwanted ads and pop ups on your web browser, irrelevant search results that redirect to unwanted, misleading and malicious webpages, web-browser crashes and slow loading webpages. Adware usually gets installed as a part of some free applications. Do not be surprised, it happens, especially if you are an active Web user.
Even worse, adware can gather lots of personal information which may be later transferred third party companies. You do not know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe.
If you noticed any of the symptoms mentioned above, we recommend you to complete instructions below to delete the adware and get rid of intrusive advertisements from your web-browser.
How does PowerSmash get on your PC
|Type||adware, potentially unwanted program (PUP), pop-ups, pop up ads, pop-up virus|
|Removal||PowerSmash removal guide|
How to remove PowerSmash adware from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
There are a simple manual steps below that will help you to delete PowerSmash adware from your Windows computer. The most effective way to remove this adware software is to perform the manual removal instructions and then run Zemana Free, MalwareBytes Free or HitmanPro automatic tools (all are free). The manual way will help to weaken this adware and these malware removal tools will completely get rid of PowerSmash adware and restore the Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome and IE settings to default.
To remove PowerSmash, perform the following steps:
- How to delete PowerSmash adware without any software
- Automatic Removal of PowerSmash
- How to stay safe online
- To sum up
How to delete PowerSmash adware without any software
In this section of the post, we have posted the steps that will allow to remove PowerSmash adware manually. Although compared to removal tools, this way loses in time, but you don’t need to download anything on your machine. It will be enough for you to follow the detailed guide with images. We tried to describe each step in detail, but if you realized that you might not be able to figure it out, or simply do not want to change the Microsoft Windows and web-browser settings, then it’s better for you to run utilities from trusted developers, which are listed below.
Check the list of installed software first
Some PUPs, browser hijacking apps and adware software can be uninstalled by uninstalling the freeware they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed programs in Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to remove them.
Make sure you have closed all web browsers and other programs. Next, uninstall any unrequested and suspicious apps from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, press the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Select “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of software installed on your personal computer. Most likely, one of them is the PowerSmash adware. Choose the questionable application or the program that name is not familiar to you and uninstall it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in Microsoft Windows, choose “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, select “Uninstall a program”.
Select the dubious or any unknown software, then press “Uninstall/Change” button to remove this undesired program from your computer.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Choose an unwanted program, then click “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove PowerSmash from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web browser settings
If Firefox settings are hijacked by the adware software, your browser shows intrusive popup ads, then ‘Reset Firefox’ could solve these problems. It will save your personal information like saved passwords, bookmarks, auto-fill data and open tabs.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, press the Help button () as shown on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show 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 prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the PowerSmash adware. When, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove PowerSmash adware from Google Chrome
If adware software, other application or extensions changed your Chrome settings without your knowledge, then you can delete PowerSmash ads and return your internet browser settings in Google Chrome at any time. Essential information like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
First run the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Google Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed addons. If the list has the addon signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option called “Settings”.
The web-browser will open the settings screen. Another method to display the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 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 Chrome will display the confirmation prompt as shown in the figure below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web browser will start the task of cleaning. After it is finished, the web-browser’s settings including startpage, new tab page and default search engine back to the values which have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Get rid of PowerSmash adware from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you have unwanted add-ons or toolbars on your web browser, which installed by an malicious software.
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as displayed below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Automatic Removal of PowerSmash
If you are unsure how to remove PowerSmash adware easily, consider using automatic adware removal software which listed below. It will identify the PowerSmash adware and remove it from your PC for free.
Use Zemana AntiMalware to remove PowerSmash adware
Zemana Anti Malware is a free utility that performs a scan of your computer and displays if there are existing adware, browser hijackers, viruses, worms, spyware, trojans and other malware residing on your PC system. If malware is found, Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) can automatically remove it. Zemana Free does not conflict with other anti malware and antivirus programs installed on your PC system.
Download Zemana Anti Malware on your Microsoft Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Once the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as on the image below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Anti-Malware on your computer.
Once install is finished, you will see window like below.
Now click the “Scan” button for checking your machine for the PowerSmash adware. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. While the Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) is scanning, you can see count of objects it has identified either as being malware.
Once the checking is done, Zemana Free will show a list of all threats found by the scan. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will remove PowerSmash and move the selected items to the Quarantine.
Use HitmanPro to remove PowerSmash adware software
HitmanPro is a portable tool which scans for and removes unwanted applications such as browser hijacker infections, adware software, toolbars, other internet browser plugins and other malicious software. It scans your PC system for PowerSmash adware software and produces a list of items marked for removal. HitmanPro will only erase those undesired applications that you wish to be removed.
Download Hitman Pro on your Windows Desktop from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
After downloading is complete, open the file location and double-click the HitmanPro icon. It will start the HitmanPro tool. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to start the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Next” to perform a system scan with this tool for the PowerSmash adware. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. When a malicious software, adware software or PUPs are detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
As the scanning ends, Hitman Pro will display a scan report as displayed in the figure below.
Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button. It will open a prompt, press the “Activate free license” button. The Hitman Pro will remove PowerSmash and move the selected threats to the program’s quarantine. After disinfection is finished, the tool may ask you to restart your computer.
How to get rid of PowerSmash with MalwareBytes AntiMalware
We advise using the MalwareBytes which are completely clean your system of the adware software. The free utility is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you delete undesired PowerSmash ads from your internet browsers, PUPs, malware, hijackers, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
- MalwareBytes AntiMalware can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the downloading process is finished, please close all programs and open windows on your PC. Double-click on the icon that’s named MBSetup.
- This will start the Setup wizard of MalwareBytes Free onto your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Free will start and show the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the PowerSmash adware. While the tool is checking, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- When MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) is complete scanning your system, MalwareBytes Anti Malware will show a list of all items detected by the scan.
- Review the scan results and then click the “Quarantine” button. When the procedure is done, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
How to stay safe online
Using an adblocker program like AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocker software will also protect you from malicious advertisements and web sites, and, of course, block redirection chain to misleading, scam and similar websites.
- AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- Once the downloading process is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is done, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that 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 run your machine, AdGuard will run automatically and stop unwanted ads, block harmful and misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which can be found on your desktop.
To sum up
Now your PC should be free of the PowerSmash adware. We suggest that you keep Zemana AntiMalware (to periodically scan your PC system for new adware softwares and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-ups and harmful web-pages). Moreover, to prevent any adware software, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to detect PUPs.
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