What is Shopswell?
Shopswell is an application that should be removed from the system right after a user detects it despite the fact that it looks like a decent application at first glance. We cannot blame users who believe that Shopswell is a reliable program because it states officially that it will enable users to share their favorite shopping lists. It also says that users will be able to follow other shoppers who are interested in the same items. Some users download and install Shopswell from its official web page shopswell.com; however, we are sure that this program is distributed somehow differently too because it is very prevalent these days. A number of users seek to uninstall Shopswell shortly after they install this program on their systems. The reason is simple – this software shows all kinds of commercial advertisements on a user’s screen. In other words, it is a typical ad-supported application. This program will stop showing ads in one case only – if you completely remove it.
How does Shopswell function?
Specialists at anti-spyware-101.com have thoroughly tested this advertising-supported application and found that it does not add extensions to Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox like other similar programs in order to display commercial advertisements. It has been observed that it mainly works through the process swell.exe (you will definitely notice its presence in the list of processes in the Task Manager right after the program is installed on your PC). In addition, Shopswell always creates its shortcuts on the Desktop and Taskbar so that users could open and use it conveniently.
From a more technical perspective, Shopswell applies several changes to the system as well. Researchers have managed to find out that this ad-supported program creates the Shopswell App value in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run to be able to start the moment users turn on their computers. On top of that, it creates several other registry keys. They can be found by following these key paths:
The application not only creates registry keys, but also adds some files in C:\Program Files (x86)\Shopswell and C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\com.shopswell.desktop directories. The main files that will help you to recognize Shopswell are these: SHOPSWELL-END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT.docx, .npmignore, benchmark-native.c, contributing.md, patternProperties.json, and others. Have you already found them? If so, there is no doubt that Shopswell is installed on your system.
If you have already noticed that Shopswell is installed, you should hurry to remove it from your system because this program is not as reliable as it might seem at first sight. The main reason why we suggest getting rid of it is the fact that it might expose users to potential threats. This might happen if users click on the third-party ads (e.g. pop-ups, coupons, shopping suggestions, in-text ads, banners, etc.) Shopswell displays. You might decide to ignore them for the sake of your PC’s safety; however, you should know that this is not a good solution to the problem because Shopswell shows ads whenever it wants to, which means that there is a rather huge possibility to click on them incidentally.
Where does Shopswell come from?
Specialists say that not all the users download and install Shopswell themselves. Numerous tests have shown that this program is often distributed in software packages too. In other words, it comes together with other applications that are not always reliable. In order to protect the system from future threats, we suggest installing a reliable security tool. In addition, we highly recommend that you download programs from their official web pages and install them attentively. Finally, you should stop clicking on suspicious links and advertisements which you come across while surfing the web.
How to delete Shopswell?
As you already know, you have to get rid of Shopswell in order to reduce the possibility of causing harm to the system. We hope that below provided instructions will help you to do that; however, if it happens that they do not help you with its deletion at all, scan your system with an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter. We are sure that it will erase Shopswell for you within seconds, remove other existing threats, and will protect your PC from future harm.
- Open Explorer (tap the Windows key + E).
- Enter C:\Program Files (x86)\ in the address bar.
- Locate the Shopswell folder and then delete it.
- Enter C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\.
- Find the com.shopswell.desktop folder.
- Right-click on it and select Delete.
- Tap the Windows key + R and enter regedit. Click OK.
- Locate the Shopswell App value in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
- Right-click on it and select Delete.
- Follow these paths and delete registry keys one by one:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Shopswell
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