Do you know what ShareThis is?
ShareThis is an advertisement-supported program that can show pop-ups and random ads. Because this is not kept in secret, most users think that the ads associated with this adware are harmless; however, there are no guarantees that this is the case. If you have already interacted with some of the suspicious advertisements, you have to think if you have not installed unreliable software or shared personal information about yourself. If you have, you might be in trouble. Read this report to learn why you should delete ShareThis from your operating system, and how you should handle the security issues associated with this program. If you have any questions about the program or its removal, start a discussion by posting your questions in the comment box below.
As you probably understand, ShareThis can expose you to third-party content. If you have downloaded software promoted via this adware, make sure you inspect it to see if this software is reliable. Needless to say, if you find that it is not, you should not postpone its removal for any longer. If you have disclosed personal contact information using surveys or prize giveaways represented by ShareThis, you have to beware of scams. Although it is unlikely that the creator of this adware (Data Protection Solutions) has any intention of scamming you, the surveys and other data-collecting tools could be employed by unreliable third parties. As you can see, your virtual security could fall at risk if you interacted with suspicious ads injected by ShareThis. This is why we suggest removing this adware.ShareThis screenshot
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The suspicious ShareThis is very similar to Web Shield, Disturbicons, and other ad-supported programs that we recommend removing. Although every one of these programs might have a different developer, our researchers have found that these developers are usually based in Barbados, which is why we believe that ShareThis and similar programs were created by the same party or using the same framework. While these programs have sites representing them (e.g., getsharethis.com), they are usually distributed bundled with third-party software. Unfortunately, it is very likely that you will have to delete this software as well. If you are not sure about which programs you need to remove, run a legitimate malware scanner.
If you find other unreliable programs that require removal, you should think about deleting ShareThis using an automated malware remover. This tool will find and get rid of all threats and unreliable programs active on your operating system. If you keep this software updated, it will also keep all other threats away, which means that you will not need to worry about the removal of malicious programs in the future. If you are determined to remove ShareThis manually, the guide below is the first step you need to take.
Delete ShareThis from Windows
Remove from Windows XP
- Click the Start button on the Taskbar.
- Open the Control Panel menu and move to Add or Remove Programs.
- Remove the undesirable application.
Remove from Windows Vista or Windows 7
- Click the Windows logo on the left of the Taskbar.
- Open the Control Panel menu and move to Uninstall a program.
- Right-click the program you wish to delete from your PC and click Uninstall.
Remove from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
- Access the Metro UI and open the Charm bar.
- Click Search, enter Uninstall a program, and launch the utility.
- Right-click the program you wish to delete from your PC and select Uninstall.
In non-techie terms:
There is no doubt that the services of ShareThis are not very beneficial, which is why there is little reason to keep this program active on your PC. Even if you are not bothered by space-wasting programs, you should delete ShareThis to avoid unreliable, annoying advertisements. In some cases, this ad-supported program injects advertisements, and they might be very unreliable. In conclusion, there is not a single reason why you should not delete this adware from your PC right away.