In this article we are going to try and help you remove SavingsCool “Virus”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Maybe you are wondering why your browser has started displaying numerous diverse ads while you are trying to surf the web. Maybe you have already researched the matter and you are aware of the fact that the cause of this mass pop-up and ads generation is an infection with SavingsCool “Virus”– an Adware-based product whose main expertise is exactly affecting all browser versions (Firefox, Chrome, Explorer). For more details on that topic, please continue reading.
SavingsCool and how it may compromise your browsing experience
As you have already read, this programs is a version of advertisement-displaying software or Adware for short. All such programs are able to produce great numbers of pop-ups, tabs, boxes, banners and other ads in various shapes, colors and intensity of appearing. All this happens when you are trying to explore the web using your browser and it doesn’t matter exactly which one you use because adware is usually perfectly capable of affecting all of them.
How an infection usually occurs
The creators of SavingsCool use a great range of methods to spread this ad-producing product: websites, spam, torrents, even hyperlinks. Despite that, the most preferred method is a process named software bundling. This is the activity of mixing various versions of original programs and ad-broadcasting programs together and then offering them to the public for free. Actually, these bundles still bring money to their developers, as the Adware inside them generates paid ads, and the programmers make money out of every single banner, pop-up or other advertisement that’s clicked. If you are wondering whether such activities are legitimate, the answer is yes, as they are just regular marketing practices. Something else you should know about the way SavingsCool gets spread is the exact method it gets incorporated into your system. Usually such contamination may occur if you download a bundle and after that proceed to install it in a wrong way. The wrong features of the installer, which help the infection are usually named Automatic, Default or Quick. The ones that you should use in case you want to select what to incorporate into your system and what to avoid installing from a particular bundle are called Advanced or Customized.
Does SavingsCool belong to any group of viruses?
The answer here is no and you shouldn’t expect any malicious effects from this Adware-based program. SavingsCool could be relatively irritating but it’s also quite innocuous. No identity theft, stealing of banking details or other account credentials, hijacking data or destroying and corrupting files can come as a result of an infection with this program. It doesn’t have any qualities or traits that could be viewed as harmful. Still, it may possess some characteristics that may tarnish its reputation such as keeping track of your browsing history with the intention of determining your personal preferences and base the content of the generated ads on that. As a result, you might start noticing only pop-ups and banners that closely resemble your recent search requests. Also, the generation of a big number of advertisements might lead to a slowdown of your device, as the ads might consume a lot of CPU and RAM depending on the amounts of your system resources. These features have contributed to the classification of Adware as a potentially unwanted piece of software.
How you can deal with an SavingsCool-based infection once and for all
For this purpose we have developed a special Removal Guide. You will find it at the end of this page. Hopefully, the Guide will be exactly what you need to deal with the annoying program on your own, but please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment if you happen to face any difficulties.
How you can prevent future Adware-caused infections
The answer here is preventing your computer from catching SavingsCool and its family-member programs on a daily basis. Prevention could be the easiest way to fight any threat because avoiding one is always smarter than having to remove it after your system has already been contaminated. Some really efficient prevention methods include:
- always trying to browse the web in a clever and careful way by avoiding any website, bundle, torrent or software with shady reputation;
- preparing your system to fight the possible cyber dangers by installing a reliable anti-malware tool and using it every day to scan for viruses like Ransomware or Trojans and Adware or hijackers like SavingsCool;
- installing any program in the smartest possible way, by using the options we have recommended above in the article.
How to Uninstall SavingsCool “Virus”
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find SavingsCool or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove SavingsCool From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by SavingsCool and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove SavingsCool From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove SavingsCool From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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