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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


DatingSmith is nothing more than a potentially unwanted program (PUP,) which is a software category that includes applications that are not malicious, but are useless or leave junk files. Removing such software is recommended, especially if it is set to promote websites which this particular application sure does. We are of the opinion that this program has no place on your computer because it comes from a shady software publisher and it apt to promote suspicious websites. If you want to keep your computer safe and secure from various ills that plague the internet, such as unwelcome and possibly malicious content, then please read this article.

Let us begin with this application’s origins for some background information as it is important to establish whether an application is legitimate. We have found that this program was published by a company called MDMExclusives/MyDailyMoment which is a trademark of Flatiron Media LLC. This company is responsible for releasing ExpoDating, MakeMoneyStar, ShopperSaga, and many similar applications. In short, this company publishes clone applications that promote certain websites and generate advertising revenue in the process. It is what we call a "web monetization company" whose sole purpose is to make money by providing commercial ads and nothing else. The reality is that DatingSmith offers nothing of real value and, in fact, it can hinder your computing experience by forcefully launching Internet Explorer to load its promoted pages.

Our research has revealed that this shady application is being disseminated using several methods. It has a dedicated distribution website at Datingsmith{.}com which hosts this program’s standalone installer. However, this site is considered as malicious, and some web browsing might even block entry to it. In any case, very few visit this website and download this program intentionally. Most users, however, get it by downloading software bundles. Our research has revealed that you can find DatingSmith bundled with InstallCore installers on various freeware distributing websites. Furthermore, these installers can also feature additional potentially unwanted programs that include the likes of FLV Player, MyPcBackUp, and Foxtab PDF Converter. However, the bundled software is subject to change as it is distributed on multiple questionable freeware distributing websites. Now that we know some background information as well as how DatingSmith is being distributed, let us move on to how its functions.

When you install this application, it will render a Graphical User Interface (GUI) window and load its promoted websites. We found that if you are based in the US, then you will most likely get subjected to a website called, which is a legitimate dating website. However, if you are based in a country such as Brazil, for example, then this application will load which is also a legitimate dating website. You can close this interface window at any time, but DatingSmith will force open it again and load the above-mentioned websites. In addition, this application can interact with Microsoft Internet Explorer and force open it as well. We found that Internet Explorer is configured to load a website at http://www.lamphouseoffers{.}com/redirect.php?sid=BMS&message=Please%20wait. However, it can redirect to a random page depending on your region, but, apparently, something is wrong with this link. In our case, it redirected to a page that conducts online surveys. Evidently, this application will not improve your computing experience, just show ads and make money for its developers. So we suggest that you delete it as soon as you can.

In closing, DatingSmith is no different from the other applications published MDMExclusives/MyDailyMoment. It is dedicated to showing advertisements in an intrusive and annoying manner which is not what you want. Please consult the instructions on how to remove this program and we suggest that you scan your computer with an anti-malware program in case it came bundled with other potentially unwanted programs or even adware.

Uninstall from Control Panel

Windows 10

  1. Press Windows+X keys.
  2. Go to Programs and Features.
  3. Find the software and highlight it.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8 and 8.1

  1. Press Windows+R keys.
  2. Type Control Panel and click OK.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Find the application and right-click it.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

Windows Vista and 7

  1. Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the program.
  4. Right-click the application and click Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Go to Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Find the software and click Remove.
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