Have you been infiltrated by “CrazyDeals Ads” ? This article includes instructions how to remove CrazyDeals Ads – made for all versions of Windows.
CrazyDeals Ads is an Adware type of virus that will keep bugging you with an endless stream of ads – that is until you get rid of it permanently. But if you want to do that manually you’ll have to hunt down every single file associated with the virus and delete it. Otherwise there is a good chance that the next time you start your browser you’ll be greeted by another batch of Ads. Our removal guide should point you to the right places to find those, but what’s even more important is to know how that thing got into your computer to begin with.
Don’t touch the ads
The Ads created by CrazyDeals Ads might make your life miserable, but at least they won’t harm your PC, or at least not directly. This might change dramatically if you click on them – or even worse – if you download and run anything offered by the virus.
REMEMBER THIS. Everything you see on the Ads is not real. This is stuff made up on the virus and shown on your computer – no real offer about this exists anywhere. The hyperlink behind the Ads may take you to different sites and some of them might appear real, but their not. Any purchase you make will be a waste of money as you will either get nothing, a file containing a virus or at best a worthless copy of some program that cannot be updated, registered or supported.
Even if you are interested in some program this thing offers to you what you should do instead is to look it up on google. Find the official site and get it from there. This way you can be sure you are not installing a virus of your computer.
Adware viruses like CrazyDeals Ads don’t normally target vulnerabilities of the software – they target the human factor. These things are tricky and they may pretend to be many different things in an effort to make you give them permission to install. Many users will have no memories of allowing a virus in – simply because at the time they believed they were installing something else entirely.
Program bundles – a common back door
A very popular method involves program bundles. These are installers for software that come prepackaged with several additional programs – which might be demo or have a trial period and are simply there for promotional purposes. Unfortunately sometimes instead if a harmless program the extra is actually an Adware. Installers for free programs are much more likely to contain Adware as opposed to installers for well known applications that have a reputation to maintain. If you want to avoid installing an Adware this way skip the default installation option – go advanced instead. You get to see what exactly is getting installed. If everything is OK then you just have press next a couple of times. Otherwise deny installation to any program you don’t need.
How to Remove CrazyDeals Ads
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button , then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
CrazyDeals Ads has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find CrazyDeals Ads . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
CrazyDeals Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for CrazyDeals Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing CrazyDeals Ads. 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.