Today’s article deals with the adware program known as Suggested Deals. Disclaimer! Dear reader, please take the extra few minutes needed to read this article in full. Inside you will find not only the removal guide, but also useful information regarding the way used by Suggested Deals to infiltrate your computer.
Suggested Deals – a quick overview
Suggested Deals is classified as adware because it follows a pattern similar to other malware viruses – generating unwanted advertisements. These advertisements may take many forms and shapes, but their goal is always the same. They will either waste your time, try to make you pay money or install more malware on your computer. Thus your interaction with them should be limited to only closing their windows. If you’ve already downloaded something from these ads DO NOT install it on your computer – if needed terminate the installation process with the Task Manager and then remove the downloaded file. Here’s a short list of dangerous “baits” Suggested Deals generates:
- “Best” deal offers
- Messages that programs yoo have are out of date and need to be updated
- “Missing” plug-in required to view content
- Specific video player required to view content
- and similar.
Note that even the advertisements are not real, but are actually generated by Suggested Deals on your computer’s CPU – attribute any general slowness you’ve been experiencing lately to this. Suggested Deals will also read your browsing and search history and try to optimize its ads to fit your interests. Even more worrying is that it may send this data to its creator – including your passwords and credit card numbers. Get rid of Suggested Deals as soon as possible!
- Once you are sure you are clean of Suggested Deals its advised to go ahead and change important passwords and the like. These should be encrypted and unusable by the hackers, but its always better to play it safe.
Ways of spreading the virus and the importance of user awareness
Most adwares are clinging to their semi-legal status, which permits them to be distributed along other software. This is good for us, the users, because it means that adware like Suggested Deals only installs with our approval. This means that Adwares have to rely on tricks and camouflage to spread around the internet. Knowing their primary methods of doing that is the single biggest step towards avoiding being infected with them again.
- As mentioned above adware likes to hide as a packaged extra in another program’s installer. Most often these are free programs – their creators still need some revenue for their work and adware developers are happy to pay them something – as well as their adware gets bundled with the free app. Whenever you are dealing with new programs always opt for the advanced installation. It will give you detailed information about what and where you are installing, as well as allow you to not grant access to unwanted extras.
- Fake download/torrent sites – this can be often seen on google page one offering a perfect match to your search query. You should be suspicious. These sites actually copy your search terms and generate a temporary (virus) file with the exact same name to lure you into downloading it. When unsure look for the extension. Virsuses will always be .exe files or possibly an archive with an .exe file inside. The file you really want likely has entirely different extension.
How to Remove Suggested Deals
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:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
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.
Suggested Deals 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 Suggested Deals . 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.
Suggested Deals 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 Suggested Deals 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 after you supposedly removed it, 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.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Suggested 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.