This web page was created to help users remove Saver Extension Ads from Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as your computer.
This article deals with the understanding and more importantly removal of Saver Extension Ads – a commonly unwanted application that behaves is a way uncomfortably similar to an Adware virus. Just like them it creates advertisements (Ads) and it will harass you with them as you browse the internet. We’ll try to explain how Saver Extension Ads works and how it got into your computer with the hope that this information will help you prevent your computer from getting infected by similar viruses in the future.
Saver Extension Ads will spawn Ads whenever you start your internet browser or when you load a new page/tab/link while browsing. Needless to say this behavior quickly becomes incredibly annoying to put up with. The Ads themselves can come in many different shapes and sized and they will usually be formed as pop-up boxes, banners or maybe even whole new pages that are one giant AD. On some rare occasions Saver Extension Ads could even turn words of any ordinary text into hyperlinks, which also show a picture of the Ad if you hover your mouse over them.
Be wary of installing executable files – Saver Extension Ads came as one, others may follow
An executable file (.exe) when started works as program and may have no relation to the actual name of the file you see on your computer. Creators of viruses often use this to present you executable files that contain a virus as other goods – most commonly as a form of free software installation or an entirely different file. These viruses cannot install themselves – they need you authorization in order to come in and they will try to play all tricks on you and use every deception in the book. The tricks they use are just too many to list and remember, but we’ll provide you of the general guideline to avoid suspicious files.
The most important piece of information is the source. When you are installing an .exe file make sure you have downloaded the file from the official site distributing it. Any other hosting or torrent site is potentially very dangerous and should not be trusted. When you are looking for a file that is not a program, thus it’s extension is not supposed to be .exe and you are presented with an .exe file (regardless if the name matches) you should immediately delete that file and close the page.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Saver Extension Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Saver Extension Ads from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Saver Extension Ads
Before we start there is one explanation in advance we need to share. Different users have reported that Saver Extension Ads needs different action to be taken in order to remove it. This is likely because there are several different versions of Saver Extension Ads circulating around. In order to ensure guaranteed removal we’ve added all steps required to the guide. This has the unfortunate side effect that some of these may not be entirely necessary for your particular copy of Saver Extension Ads.
Carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.
Our first step here is a reboot in 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 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 W. 8 and 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 Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Now we’ll have to remove ALL copies of Saver Extension Ads infecting your internet browsers. Be warned that when Saver Extension Ads first entered your computer it infested all internet browsers existing in the computer in that time – even those that you may not be using. You will have to remember how many browsers you have installed on your computer and run Step 2&3 for each and every one of them. If even a single copy of Saver Extension Ads remains it could clone itself back to all browsers so please be through.
In addition be on the lookout for any pop-up messages by Saver Extension Ads during the removal process. It has been known to try last moment tricks like offering you to install some free software in compensation, as reward for survey etc. Of course it will only install a copy of itself under a different name. Don’t install anything offered by Saver Extension Ads.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Saver Extension Ads . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Saver Extension Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Saver Extension 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:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
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.
AN IMPORTANT WARNING! MUST READ!
Ahead lies maybe the most difficult and dangerous step of the guide, which is also mandatory if you want to be sure Saver Extension Ads is deleted for good. Please take your time and read the instructions in detail. Doing anything wrong can damage your OS significantly. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professoional ant-malware program to do this for you – risk free. Another good reason to do that is because it can scan your computer for other more subtle and even more dangerous malware like keyloggers, rootkits and trojans. Those could steal your passwords, credit card details and more and they are next to impossible to locate manually.
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.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
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. If you can’t find them 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
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STEP 7 – Optimization
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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.