This page aims to help you remove SavingsCool “Virus”. These SavingsCool “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you’re experiencing irritating adverts that are messing with your browser, the cause might be SavingsCool
Many of you might have heard about SavingsCool and if not, then about some other similar piece of software. The truth is that, unfortunately, there are thousands such programs (called Adware) all over the internet, waiting to get on somebody’s computer just so that they could annoy the heck out of people. This is not an exaggeration, applications similar to SavingsCool have no higher purpose – they are all about making you want to throw your PC out of the window. Of course, this is not to say that such programs are utterly useless for their developers – it’s the exact opposite.
Surely, Adware has little to no useful value for the regular user, yet it is quite beneficial for the ones who have created it. As a matter of fact, a program that is considered Adware can generate tremendous amounts of money via the adverts it displays, provided that the program makes it to a big enough number of computers. Software of that type is notorious for the use of an income gaining method known as pay-per-click. This scheme allows the obstructive program to generate money for each click any of its pop-ups, banners and box messages receives. Having said all of this, it should be quite clear why Adware-generated adverts are so intrusive and annoying – after all it’s all about the profit and nothing else. It should be mentioned, though, that in order to make their products more appealing, some Adware developers might still integrate some kind of useful features within their, otherwise, rage-inducing software. Still, if you think that a certain program, regardless of its potential usefulness, is way too annoying for you to put up with it, then you can safely say that you’re dealing with adware. This why we have designed the below removal guide, which will help you successfully uninstall the irritating program.
Adware programs and potential harm
Even if you’re one of the many victims of an SavingsCool “infection”, it is important to know that there’s almost certainly no real need to worry – adware is nothing like the infamous Ransomware or Trojan Horses. While the latter are surely nasty pieces of coding, Adware such as SavingsCool usually cannot harm your system in any way. This is because programs of that type do not fall under the virus category. There’s a separate term used to describe unwanted programs such as Adware – the term we need to use here is PUP (potentially unwanted software). PUP’s are different from viruses and are, for the most part, simply annoying and not actually dangerous. Despite the fact that SavingsCool is obviously not a major threat to your virtual security, we need to make it clear that it may still expose your machine to certain threats if you’re not being careful. For instance, those ads you see everywhere might sometimes turn out to be links to sites that are illegal and harmful. Of course, this happens fairly rarely. However, it is still a real risk that should not be taken lightly. The best advice that we can give you here is to get rid of the unwanted program as soon as possible without interacting with any of the different pop-ups, banners and box messages that it displays on your screen.
How not to get any more Adware programs
Below the main part of the article, you can find all the information that you need in order to uninstall SavingsCool and remove any traces of it from your PC. However, before you get to that, take a few more minutes to get a general idea of how such programs get into people’s computers. This will help you avoid any future Adware infections. There are many methods used for the distribution of SavingsCool. Spam e-mails, hidden links, torrent and file-sharing sites, you name it. It’s all on the list of potential ways via which unwanted Adware can get inside your machine’s system. However, one method stands out with both its effectiveness and the fact that it is perfectly legal. We are talking about file-bundling. This method allows the intrusive program to get inside your computer by being bundled to some other program that you might install. Fortunately, this can be easily avoided. All you need to do is go for the advanced/custom installation settings next time you want to install some program. In those settings carefully look through the list of added installs and uncheck everything that seems suspicious and unwanted. After doing this, you can safely carry on with the installation of the program you wanted.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||If ads pop up everywhere, then your’re dealing with SavingsCool or some similar program.|
|Distribution Method||File bundles are the most usual method. Other common ones are spam e-mails and file-sharing sites.|
|Detection Tool||SavingsCool may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
How to Uninstall SavingsCool
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
- Do not skip this – SavingsCool may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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 SavingsCool 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 SavingsCool from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove SavingsCool 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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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