This page aims to help you remove Savings Cool “Virus”. These Savings Cool “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you’re reading this right now, it’s probably thanks to a recent infection with Savings Cool. This program falls under the adware category and is characterized by its ability to integrate with the most commonly used browsers such as Chrome and Firefox and display numerous ads in the forms of popups, banners, box messages, page redirects, etc. If you’re worried about the safety of your machine and the files on it – don’t be. Savings Cool is not a virus and is in no way considered to be malicious. Nevertheless, there are a few tricky moments about this type of programs that we will mention in the following article. In addition to this, we will also provide you with some useful tips on how to protect your computer from future adware infections and a removal guide with several easy steps that will walk you through the removal process of the annoying ad-producing software.
Savings Cool’s properties and purpose
As we’ve already mentioned above, the main characteristic trait of adware is the distribution of large quantities of online adverts in various shapes and sizes. Some of these can be incredibly intrusive, making it very difficult to close them and even just navigate past them. But the ads aren’t just randomly thrown at you. They are strategically positioned on locations that are hard to avoid and their content is different for each user, depending on their browsing habits and recent search queries. Adware is actually capable of keeping track of these details and then adjusting the ads accordingly. The reason behind this is because the developers of programs like Savings Cool want you to click on as many of the ads as possible and to ensure that this happens they strive to make them both interesting to you and impossible to miss. This is how they earn their money – with the help of the Pay Per Click scheme.
This knowledge often causes uneasiness and raises a stream of questions among users, who are rightfully concerned both with the fact that an unknowingly authorized program is able to record their browsing history and other online activities and with the way this data is stored. After all, in the digital age, where digitally recorded data is both very valuable and vulnerable, what guarantees are there that the above information wouldn’t be stolen or somehow misused? Due to this fact, the rather aggressive ad displaying and the somewhat shady installation mechanisms (which we will discuss in a bit) many security experts consider adware and other such programs similar to Savings Cool to be potentially unwanted or PUP’s. But the unsettling aspects don’t end here, unfortunately.
Have you ever heard of malvertisements? These are ads that have either been contaminated with a virus or have altogether been created with one embedded in them. Hackers often take advantage of ads they find online and inject them with a malicious script, like ransomware for example. Once an unsuspecting user clicks on an ad like this, the virus is downloaded and as is the case with the internet’s worst threat ransomware, the user won’t even have the slightest idea of the infection before it’s already too late. It’s no rule, of course, but there is a risk of landing on such a malicious advert from the number of those displayed on your screen. For this reason we stress the importance of avoiding contact with online ads, as it’s impossible to tell the difference between that’s legit and one that’s been corrupted. Another rather unpleasant side effect of Savings Cool could potentially be a compromised performance of your machine. It might become sluggish, your browser could begin to crash and certain programs might even begin to malfunction.
Keeping Savings Cool at bay
Of course, anyone would prefer to have prevented the adware from getting installed on their machine rather than deal with its consequences. Because such infections are very common, it’s important to realize the main principle through which these programs are distributed and the number one source is program bundling. When you download some program from an open source download platform or some file sharing website, chances are it’s been bundled with some form of adware or other software. Unless you read through the EULA, which no one really does, you won’t be informed of this. But there is one other way to find out whether or not there have been additional components to the main install and that’s by choosing the advanced or custom settings in the setup wizard. Do so and you will see a list of all contents of the bundle and will be able to deselect whichever ones you don’t want installed.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Numerous ads are displayed the moment you open your browser.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles along with spam emails and infected torrents are likely sources.|
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How to Uninstall Savings Cool “Virus”
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Savings Cool successfully!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Savings Cool from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Savings Cool from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Savings Cool from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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