Ads by Great Deals Overview
- Great Deals is a new virus of the adware type that just surfaced yesterday (as of April 14). The removal guide below should cover everything you need to protect your PC from the pest.
- Although the advertisements appear genuine, sometimes they still send you to websites that have nothing to do with them, so avoid clicking on ads at all costs. Many of the random pages they send you to are riddled with malware.
- As the infection takes hold, your computer’s CPU will definitely slow down – how much varies on a case by case basis – but sound glitching, system errors, and occasional browser crashing will accompany the sluggishness. As soon as you get rid of Ads by Great Deals, they will all disappear.
- Our research on this virus has shown us that the most frequent reason for infections is the installation of other software. Adware mostly comes disguised as bonus content, and the majority of people never realize it has spread before it’s too late.
WARNING! There is one thing you should remember – do not, ever, update or install anything that your browser proposes. Any messages about missing plugins, or updates of Java and Flash Player should be viewed with mistrust, until you remove the malware. The most common trick Ads by Great Deals employs is to lie to you that something has a newer version, and then download a virus instead when you click on “update.” It is key to remember that the things can’t get in your system unless you let them, so if you just turtle down and ignore everything, you’ll be fine for now.
How To Avoid Ads by Great Deals (And Other Malware)
Ads by Great Deals is a very typical adware in the sense that it does practically nothing different from the typical for such a virus. Advertisements appear, hyperlinks, pop-ups etc., but you already know this. What you probably don’t know is how to spot it from afar, and that’s what I’ll focus on. Basically whenever you install a freely distributed program (it’s called shareware) there’s a degree of chance that it will include adware. The first clue is when you see that the setup process for something declares it is “ad funded” and “MAY” display advertisements on websites. Here is an example from a random adware:
You just need to pay attention. What you are installing doesn’t really matter. Anything from free websites can give you the virus. But it has to inform you about the advertisements, that’s how this works. So either it will do it the way I showed you, or there will be a mention in the End User License Agreement that it can not be “held accountable for third-party advertisements.” Alternatively Ads by Great Deals or another virus can be contracted through spam email. Never open them, that should go without saying. But especially don’t open any attachments and links.
How to Remove Ads by Great Deals
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
This, right here, is the Control Panel.
Search around for Ads by Great Deals and anything else suspicious-looking. Be careful, but not too much – malware sometimes choose different names to confuse you, so take note of anything recently added that seems like a virus to you. Highlight and Uninstall these.
Ads by Great Deals has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each of them.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Great Deals . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, type whatever you want, then click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
The virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, click Ads by Great Deals and select .
The click for the second time, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. In there, you should remove anything but the search engines you normally use(probably Google).
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions
Find Ads by Great Deals then Uninstall.
STEP 3 (Optional)
This step to remove the virus is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:
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You may also want to check out Step 4 – we’ve prepared a short guide for optimizing PCs after a malware has been removed
If you were not successful, then continue reading.
STEP 4 (Optional)
If you’ve reached this step, then well done for removing Ads by Great Deals . We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested you can check it out here.