What is Smarty

Smarty is an ostensibly legitimate extension designed for many browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and others. Developers claim that Smarty provides convenient management of installed applications. In other words, it alleviates the search of multiple programs giving direct links to download them. Unfortunately, Smarty uses rogue advertising methods to generate revenue. This simply means that such add-ons manipulate browser settings to spread unwanted content like banners, coupons, pop-ups, or offers and make people click on them. Also, keep in mind that such changes can downgrade browser performance and put your data (passwords, IP-addresses, geolocations, etc.) under risk of being hijacked. Overall, Smarty is an unwanted extension that should be removed from your browser to prevent confidential leaks and other consequences.

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How Smarty infected your computer

Extensions that appear in browsers without consent are usually installed alongside freeware software. This method is known as bundling and has been abused by most cybercriminals that target unattentive users. They load up repacks and other installation kits with Potentially Unwanted Programs and hide them in sections similar to “Advanced” or “Custom”. The range of offered products may vary significantly, however, most of them carry a revenue function to capitalize upon inexperienced people. Hopefully, next time you will be more careful and will deselect third-parties offers whilst installing free software from unofficial websites. Below, you will see the most relevant tips to protect your system against harassment of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs).

  1. Download Smarty Removal Tool
  2. Remove/Uninstall Smarty from Control Panel and Applications
  3. Remove Smarty extensions from browsers
  4. Reset browser search and homepage settings
  5. Block Smarty search redirects
  6. How to protect from threats like Smarty

Download Removal Tool for Windows

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To remove Smarty completely, we recommend you to use Norton Antivirus from Symantec. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of Smarty and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Download Removal Tool for Mac

Download Spyhunter for Mac

To remove Smarty completely, we recommend you to use CleanMyMac. It can help you remove files, folders and registry keys of Smarty and uninstall hijackers, toolbars and unwanted add-ons from browsers.

Remove Smarty manually for free

Here is the manual step-by-step tutorial for full Smarty removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of the Smarty installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Smarty from Control Panel or Applications

To start removing Smarty you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Smarty”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Mac.

Remove Smarty from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Smarty might have an Uninstaller.
  3. Otherwise, drag Smarty from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Remove Smarty from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Smarty or other recently installed suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Smarty from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Smarty or other recently installed suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove Smarty from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Smarty or other recently installed suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Smarty from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Smarty from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Smarty or other recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Smarty or other recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Smarty

In some cases, Smarty won’t uninstall and gives you a message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Smarty. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Smarty folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall Smarty in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Smarty or other recently installed suspicious program

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

and for Mac:

If you can’t uninstall Smarty using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Smarty. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Smarty from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Smarty.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Smarty from Control Panel often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has browser extension and it may still be active in Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Smarty related extension from your browsers manually.


  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find Smarty extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find Smarty extension.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Smarty extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Smarty from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Smarty, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable or Smarty extension.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Smarty does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Smarty extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

How to block ads and pop-ups from Smarty

Smarty push notifications, in most cases, are caused by a program installed on your PC or add-on installed in browsers. However, sometimes it can appear on a clean computer when visiting a malicious website, using an advertising script. Also, apps that generate “Smarty” ads and banners are themselves installed from pop-ups. To protect your PC and browsers from phishing websites, pop-up ads, banners, malicious scripts it is recommended to use AdGuard. Download free trial here:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs, like Smarty, may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and anti-malware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats, like Smarty.

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