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Should I remove SurfShield?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
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What is SurfShield?

SurfShield is an adware web browser application that displays banner ads as well as contextual link ads that are injected in the web page. The ads are injected by the web browser plugin (IE, FF and Chrome) and will display on any web site, even those not associated or affiliated with the publisher. The application is usually bundled by 3rd-party download managers that utilize deceptive advertising techniques in order to install the software. In addition to ads, the program will also modify the browser settings which could include lowering the normal security settings of the browser as well as changing the home page and search provider (known as web browser hijacking). The extension will also report back to the controlling server analytics which may include the behavior of the user on the Internet and reports back URLs and domains visited as well as what advertisements are displayed and clicked on. This adware is mostly bundled with 3rd party download managers that include a number of additional offers, all potentially unwanted programs.

From the EULA: "On search engines there will be as many as 3 text ads beneath SurfShield. On web pages there may be up to 10 intext ads and/or 4 banner ad and/or a transitional ad. These ads will be identified as originating from SurfShield. Surfshield may include other products in exchange for usage of our free SurfShield protection service. SurfShield will be automatically enabled on IE, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome following installation."

About  (from Holdsmart Technology)

SurfShield is a downloadable browser add-on that enhances the surfing experience as you surf the web as well as protects you from harmful websites. SurfShield is free to download and use. SurfShield is supported by advertising, and users will see additional ads on websites where SurfShield features operate.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SurfShield.
proxy_server.exe (9c70f59154573b0bffc4f9043fbfdf37) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVware Adware.AddLyrics (fs)
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. Trojan.Win32.FakeAV
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.218 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0718
UpdateService.exe (17e2c2a9dc0c7b7ce96bb1eceb8f904a) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 WS.Reputation.1
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0802

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.surfshield.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\surfshieldmain
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SurfShieldMain\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 5 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SurfShield

Program executable:proxy_server.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\surfshieldmain\proxy_server.exe
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe - SurfShield
  • (Malware detected) UpdateService.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • UpdateService.exe runs as a service named 'Update Service for SurfShield' (SurfShieldUpdateService).

How do I remove SurfShield?

Quickly and completely remove SurfShield from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall SurfShield from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program SurfShield, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove SurfShield.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.
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Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 8 50%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows 8 50.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.00%
Windows 8.1 50.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 50.00%
Acer 50.00%


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