Remove ShieldMe adware from the computer to stop relevant pop-up advertisements and redirects. Follow the procedures below and scan the computer with suggested tools to totally get rid of this threat.
ShieldMe is an adware linked to various potentially unwanted programs. It is promoted as tool that blocks adult content from the internet. However, it was observed that this PUP can also do unwelcome changes to your browser. It also greatly affects how you surf the web and do things online. With the presence of ShieldMe, you may see added toolbar, new buttons, and search box in the menu bar.
Primary way of having the adware is through program downloads. These programs are often bundled with software that is promoted all over the web. They are in disguise of useful tool like video codec, player, web enhancement, or utilities. Installing the said program will load ShieldMe if you do not exclude it in the installation process.
When you installed the adware, intentionally or by chance, it will replace the home page with a search engine of its own. Additionally, you may also notice a ShieldMe toolbar containing buttons and links. This adware may also execute changes on browser’s configuration with seeking for your approval.
It is easy to install ShieldMe; in fact, it can be loaded without your full consent. However, if you find it irritating, the adware gives you difficult time to remove it from the computer. There are add-ons and plug-ins that are hidden or deceptive. It bears a name suggesting that it belongs to a different program so that you may not remove it. Thus, we advise that try to use System Restore first to bring back computer to its normal working state. If that fails, you may use the procedure stated below to uninstall all components of ShieldMe.
ShieldMe Removal Procedures
On this section are guides that will help you get rid of the threat. Make sure to perform the procedures in exact manner to ensure complete removal of adware, malware, and virus, which may be present on the computer.
Step 1 : Automatic Removal Tool
Scanning the computer with anti-malware tool instantly removes items linked to ShieldMe. Though, this may not fix problems on individual internet browser application.
If the outcome of this anti-malware scan did not fully removed ShieldMe, then you have to execute procedures for affected browser program. Provided on this page are easy to follow instructions to solve problems for specific browser. You may also try Windows System Restore to return the computer to previous clean state.
1 Start downloading the anti-malware tool by clicking on the link below. You can either save the file or directly run it after the download.
2 Install the program with default settings. Run the installation procedure as it is.
3 The program will automatically update the database when installation completes. Thus, it is important that internet connection is active during this process.
4 Once installed, click Scan Now to run a Threat Scan and check all the places malware is known to hide.
5 At the end of the scan process, anti-malware tool will display list of identified threats. Be sure to select all and remove them from the computer.
6 Finally, it will prompt you to restart the computer to finalized removal of threats. Please reboot the computer.
Step 2 : Uninstall ShieldMe from Windows Control Panel
7 Depending on your Operating System, follow the guide below to access Windows Control Panel.
Opening Control Panel - Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
Click on Windows Start > Control Panel. New window will open where in you can adjust computer settings.
Accessing Control Panel - Windows 8 and Windows 10
a For Windows 8 and Windows 10 users, the simplest way to open Control Panel is via shortcut key. This method is accessible in older versions of Windows.
b Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to intiate Run dialog box.
c Type Control Panel in the Open field and click OK.
8 Once you are in Control Panel window, go to Programs section. Click on 'Uninstall a program' link.
9 Program and Features window will open. You can uninstall or change any installed program using this feature.
10 Look for ShieldMe or any similar name from the list. You may also try to find and remove items with the following names: ShieldRen or BlockerU
If name of adware or relevant entry is not present, please try to uninstall recently installed suspicious program. To do this, arrange listed programs in chronological order. Click on 'Installed On' to see programs recently installed.
11 Select the Adware from the list and click on Uninstall button. See image below for reference. Removing any suspicious software may also help solve the issue.
12 On the next prompt, confirmation is required to continue.
13 Click OK to proceed with the removal of ShieldMe or any relevant software.
Step 3 : Remove ShieldMe Extensions from your Browser
14Follow these procedures to remove ShieldMe extensions, add-ons, and unwanted search engine from Internet browsers. You must be aware that adware may trick you by using different name. If adware name is not listed, please look for and remove relevant items such as ShieldRen or BlockerU.
Procedures to Remove ShieldMe from Google Chrome
a Open Google Chrome.
b In the address bar, type the following and press Enter on keyboard: chrome://extensions
c Google Chrome's Extensions window will open.
d Find ShieldMe or any similar items. Click on Remove button to delete it from Google Chrome.
Please restart Google Chrome browser. The procedure should have removed ShieldMe from the browser. If the adware is still visible on start up page, please follow the guide on how to restore Google Chrome's homepage and search settings.
Ways to Remove ShieldMe from Internet Explorer
a Open Internet Explorer.
b Go to top menu and click on Tools. Next, select Manage add-ons from the drop-down list. This will open window wherein you can view Internet Explorer add-ons.
c Go to left panel and click on Toolbars and Extensions. Browse the list of installed extensions and Delete or Disable any items that are relevant to ShieldMe.
If the procedure does not removed the adware from start-up page, please execute this guide to manually restore Internet Explorer Homepage and Search settings.
Directions to Remove ShieldMe from Mozilla Firefox
a Run Mozilla Firefox browser.
b Type the given string in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard: about:addons
c Go to left panel and click Extensions. This will show a list of installed extensions.
d Look for ShieldMe extension. If you cannot find it, locate associated objects such as stated above. Uninstall the unwanted extension by clicking on the Remove button.
e Close the Add-ons Manager tab.
Please restart Mozilla Firefox. If there is still sign of ShieldMe on main page, please perform the guide on how to Restore Mozilla Firefox's Homepage and Search settings.
Guide to Remove ShieldMe from Microsoft Edge
a Open Microsoft Edge browser.
b Click on More Action button located on top right corner of the browser.
c Click on Extensions from the Menu. It will open a window showing all installed extensions.
d Right-click on Extension that belongs to ShieldMe, and then, click on Remove.
(Optional) Restore Microsoft Edge's Home Page and Default Search Engine
Presence of ShieldMe may not have an effect on home page and default search engine of Edge browser. If the browser is free from adware, please skip these procedures.
e Run Microsoft Edge browser and click on More Action to show the Menu. Then, select Settings.
f Scroll down to 'Open with' section, and select 'A specific page or pages'. Then, select Custom.
g Enter the web address of preferred start page. Next, click on the + sign to add the web address. If ShieldMe is listed as one of the start page, click X beside the URL to remove it from the browser. See image above for reference.
h Back at Microsoft Edge Settings page.
i Click on View advance settings button.
j Scroll down to 'Search in the address bar with' section. Then, click on Change button.
k It will present list of installed search engine, Bing is the deafault search engine for Edge. You can choose other valid search engine but not ShieldMe. To save your pick, click on Set as default button.
l Lastly, remove ShieldMe from the list. You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.
Step 4 : Additional Cleanup Tool
If the previous instructions failed to remove ShieldMe, this procedure will help you adware remnants from internet browser applications. The process quickly removes adware and other malicious components from your browser.
15 Download Norton Power Eraser by clicking on the button below.
16 Double-click on downloaded NPE.exe file to run the program.
17 If User Account Control window prompts, click Yes to proceed installing the tool.
18 Once installed, Norton Power Eraser will launch automatically.
19 Next, click on Unwanted Application Scan to start looking for malicious objects linked to ShieldMe.
20 After completing the scan, it will display Unwanted Apps Scan Complete. Select items that are closely related to ShieldMe or any suspicious objects and click Uninstall to remove it.
21 Follow the on-screen instructions until it completely removed the browser hijacker.
Is ShieldMe Dangerous?
Yes, ShieldMe can badly affect your computer and slow down its performance and usability.
Can I Remove ShieldMe from my Computer?
Yes, ShieldMe can be removed by downloading our recommended antivirus software and scanner.
How Easy is it to Remove ShieldMe Virus?
Nearly all paid antivirus scanners and removal tools should help remove the ShieldMe virus from your computer.
Once I remove ShieldMe do I still need antivirus?
Yes, new viruses such as ShieldMe are created everyday and the only way to stay 100% protected is to use antivirus on your device.