What is smartwebapp.exe? Is it a virus or malware? Should I remove it? And how to remove this file? All answers can be found here and you will have a clear understanding of this file. For more details about this post, you can read it on MiniTool Website.
What Is Smartwebapp.exe?
Smartwebapp.exe is an executable exe file that belongs to a program called SmartWeb. This program shows as an add-on extension that is designed to display pop-ups with coupons and competitive prices for the sites that you’re visiting.
This software is developed by SoftBrain Technologies software developer. Sometimes, people may think of it as intrusive to display a bunch of ads and banners to induce them to do a lot of things they are not going to do.
Samrtwebapp.exe often appears suddenly accompanied by the downloading and installing of other programs. In this way, most people will consider it as a PUP/PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application/Program).
Is Smartwebapp.exe Harmful?
Smartwebapp.exe file is different from the virus or malware. This file won’t cause any physical harm to your computer but it can lead to an adverse effect on your online life.
However, the smartwebapp.exe process will consume CPU resources and memory and it can track your browsing and monitor user behavior. In this way, it is recommended to remove smartwebapp.exe.
After knowing what smartwebapp.exe is, the next part is about how to remove it.
How to Remove Smartwebapp.exe?
You can remove smartwebapp.exe by uninstalling its parent application and removing the extension from the browser.
Part 1: Uninstall the Application
Step 1: Open the Run dialogue box by pressing the Windows and R keys together and type appwiz.cpl and click OK to enter the Control Panel.
Step 2: Recall when you see the SmartWeb browser extension occur and speculate which program can be the culprit based on their installing time and remove them. If you don’t remember any program you’ve installed, you can try those shady-looking apps.
Step 3: When you have located the culprit, you can right-click on it and click Uninstall to remove it.
Step 4: After you finish the uninstallation, you can restart your computer and continue your next part.
Part 2: Remove the Extension from the Browser
In this part, the steps will vary with different browsers. There are two browser examples for you.
Remove the extension from IE:
Step 1: Open the Run box by pressing the Windows and R keys together and input inetcpl.cpl to enter.
Step 2: Switch to the Advanced tab and click the Reset… button.
Step 3: In the next pop-up window, click Reset to reassure your choice.
At last, the extension can be removed from IE.
Remove the extension from Chrome:
Step 1: Ensure the Chrome has been closed and open File Explorer to navigate to the following location:
C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
Please replace Your Username with your own username.
Step 2: Right-click on the Default folder and click Rename. Then rename this folder to other different names to make Chrome create a new folder when it restarts.
Then the extension can be removed from Chrome.
Part 3: Perform a Virus Scan
You can use Windows Defender to perform this part if you have no other antivirus tools.
Step 1: Type Windows Defender/Windows Security in the Search box and open it.
Step 2: Go to Virus & threat protection from the left panel and click Scan options from the right section to choose the scan type and click Scan now.
If you want to know the difference between all types, please refer to this article: How to Run Windows Defender Full/Quick/Custom/Offline Scan.
You can also resort to a third-party antivirus to do this job.
It turns out that smartwebapp.exe won’t lead to any severe results but it may cause some unexpected troubles for you. The final choice is in your hands. If you want to remove it, you can follow the above methods. Hope this article is useful for you.