The Surf Shield is a program that claims to make your web browsing secure and delete your browsing history if you want. However, it is also PUP (potentially unwanted program) that displays ads in your Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Ads start to pop up after The Surf Shield adware is installed with other freeware that you download. The Surf Shield is not malicious, but adware might compromise your security and privacy because spying on your browsing history is one of its main functions.
Various websites use bundling to monetize free program distribution. The Surf Shield is one of adware programs that is used for this purpose, and it is set to be automatically installed unless you notice it and disable The Surf Shield before installing a free program. The Surf Shield is installed as a Windows application and as multiple web browser components installed as The Surf Shield BHO (browser helper objects), extension or add-on in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox.
If you want to remove The Surf Shield and get rid of ads displayed in your web browser, then you need to uninstall The Surf Shield application and remove extensions related to The Surf Shield from your web browsers. It is not very difficult, and you can easily do this by following The Surf Shield removal guide placed below.
This removal guide will help you to remove The Surf Shield adware manually or use special security software that removes The Surf Shield and other malware. SpyHunter offers reliable malware detection, clean removal, and real-time protection against future problems with malicious programs.
What is The Surf Shield?
The Surf Shield is a set of software components installed as an application and extensions for securing your web browsers and protecting your privacy. Though, it is compromised by the bundled adware, and it is quite annoying to see ads if you don’t need them. The Surf Shield is an adware that consists of an application and web browser extensions. These components are designed for tracing your web browsing and injecting links on websites that you visit. If you click on such links, then The Surf Shield ads are displayed. It wastes your time, web traffic, and compromises your privacy since gathered information about your habits are often shared among promoters. The Surf Shield is often distributed with free program downloads. It is deceptively installed unless you disable this optional program before installing the program that you download. Removing The Surf Shield is quite straight, but other adware that might come with it is often difficult to remove without special tools.
Protection against deceptively installed adware:
If you want to avoid installing programs like The Surf Shield, then you need to be careful while installing free programs. You can protect your computer with programs like SpyHunter that can trace your installations, warn you on all known threats to your security and privacy, and remove any threat found on your computer. Pay attention to check boxes placed in a setup wizard for a free program that you are installing. It helps you to notice additional programs bundled to the one you get. Always use “custom” installation instead of “typical”, or “normal” since these options might hide adware programs.
The Surf Shield Adware Removal ToolThe Surf Shield Removal Tool is a part of SpyHunter that easily remove The Surf Shield and other malicious programs found on your computer. It detects all malicious elements and tracking cookies related to The Surf Shield malware. Free scanner shows you all the details and helps to delete The Surf Shield components manually if you want. This software is timely updated and offers a free professional support for removing mutating viruses. It helps to remove stubborn PUP (potentially unwanted programs) and spyware, protects DNS connection, your web browsers, ActiveX components, and other system elements form malware infection. SpyHunter helps to guard your computer against The Surf Shield and other threats. It protects your security and privacy.
Remove The Surf Shield from Windows
You need to uninstall all the The Surf Shield components manually. First you need to uninstall the program using “Add/Remove programs”. Then you need to remove web browser add-on components that belong to The Surf Shield.
Use the following guide for manual removal. Then scan your computer with anti-malware and anti-virus software to make sure that other threats are found and removed.
Uninstall The Surf Shield on Windows 8
- On Metro screen click on "Search" icon. Then, type "Remove Program" in the input box and click on "Uninstall a program" menu option.
- Select "The Surf Shield" program and click "Uninstall" button at the top of the list.
Optional: If on a desktop, right click "Start" button (or the lower left corner) to open the "Quick Access Menu". Then find and click on "Programs and Features"
Optional: Click on "Control Panel" option. Find and click "Uninstall a Program" link in the menu list placed under "Programs" menu option.
Uninstall The Surf Shield on Windows 7, Vista
- Click on "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the desktop and select "Control Panel" option on the right
- Click on "Programs and Features" menu option in the Control Panel
- Search the program list and highlight The Surf Shield program. Then, click "Uninstall" button and confirm program removal.
Uninstall The Surf Shield on Windows XP
Uninstalling The Surf Shield from Windows XP is very similar to one shown above. There are minor differences in a process:
- Click on "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the desktop.
- Select "Control Panel" in the menu on the right
- Find and double-click "Add/Remove Programs" list item in the Control Panel
- Search the program list and click on The Surf Shield program. Then, click "Remove" button.
Remove The Surf Shield from Chrome
Remove The Surf Shield extensions from Google Chrome
- Start Google Chrome and click on Menu icon in the top-right corner. Select Settings in the drop down list.
- Click on Extensions on the left to display installed Chrome extensions. Find The Surf Shield extension and click on "Remove from Chrome" icon.
- Restart your browser.
Remove The Surf Shield from Firefox
Remove The Surf Shield add-on from Mozilla Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox and click Menu icon at the top-right corner. Click on Add-ons icon.
- Select Extensions on the sidebar. Find The Surf Shield add-on. Right-click it, and then click Remove button.
- Restart Firefox to complete the removal.
Remove The Surf Shield from Internet Explorer
Remove The Surf Shield extensions from Internet Explorer
- Start Internet Explorer click Tools icon in the top-right corner.
- Click on Manage add-ons option.
- Select Toolbars and Extensions tab on left, right-click on The Surf Shield, and then click Disable option.
- Restart your web browser.
Note: Manual removal of The Surf Shield is not difficult by itself. However, if you get a bunch of bundled adware programs or computer infections, you also need to remove these threats to your security and privacy. Use free scanners that come with SpyHunter and The Surf Shield Removal Tool for help or let these programs to take care of the problem.
Remove The Surf Shield Adware Infection Completely
The Surf Shield adware might be spread in a bundle with other like programs. As a result, your system might be also infected with malicious programs used by cyber criminals for stealing money and illegal activities. After you remove The Surf Shield adware you have to run full anti-virus scan with an updated version of your antivirus. Then it is a good idea to scan your system with anti-malware program like SpyHunter 4. This software offers a free scanner that helps with manual removal, and you can opt for automated removal, professional support, and anti-malware protection.