In this article we are going to try and help you uninstall Savings Cool “Virus”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Learn how to remove the intrusive Savings Cool and keep it out of your PC in the future
The following article will provide you with essential information concerning Savings Cool “Virus” – an Adware program that has recently been reported to invade both Chrome and Firefox browsers, cluttering them with intrusive pop-ups, banners and other types of obstructive ads. If you are one of the many users, who have had their browser taken over by the unwanted piece of software, this article can help you learn exactly what you are dealing with, as well as what the best way to handle the situation is.
What is Savings Cool’s goal?
Adware programs in general are a type of applications that in most cases have one single purpose – to earn money for their developers by exploiting the so called Pay-Per-Click scheme. This method allows the Adware to gain income for every click received by any of the ads that it generates. This is also the reason why the advertising materials are so incredibly bothersome. It is all made in order to either force or trick the user into clicking on any of them, thus generating a small amount of money that goes directly to the creator of the unwanted application. However, since Adware programs are so massively spread, their creators get huge profits from them.
Does Savings Cool hold any malicious functions?
Adware programs like Savings Cool are widely associated with the potentially unwanted programs category (PUP for short). This is important, because people often mistakenly think that Adware applications are some sort of noxious viruses. Surely, there are some common things between viruses and PUP’s, however, there are also certain significant differences. For example, the infamous Ransomware – one of the nastiest harmful programs on the net, is able to lock users’ files and demand ransom in exchange for the code used to lock the files. This is something that a simple PUP cannot do. Furthermore, Adware programs are not made to harm your PC and in some cases might even be promoted as useful. However, in most cases the beneficial function that certain Adware is said to have is either overstated or outright non-existent.
Still, if Adware has gotten onto your machine, there is most likely no need to worry as long as you remember to stay vigilant around the adverts it displays. You see, even though this is said to be rare, there is a chance that some of those pop-ups, box messages and banners might hold certain security risks. Therefore, interacting with them is inadvisable and should be avoided at all costs. Additionally, Savings Cool might try to monitor your online history and later employ it to generate ads that would seem more appealing to the specific user. However, looking through somebody’s search queries and browsing history is a privacy invasion and is certainly something nobody would like to happen to them. On top of that, due to the vast amount of adverts generated by the Adware, your PC could experience a slowdown of its productivity, especially if it is on the weaker side. With all of this being said, it should be fairly obvious why the best course of action when dealing with Savings Cool is to have it eliminated ASAP. Learn how to remove the nagging piece of software in our removal guide below this article. However, do not forget to read our final paragraph that will teach you how to prevent any future Adware installations.
Savings Cool installation schemes
It should be clear by now that few people would want to have Savings Cool installed on their machine. Therefore, Adware developers had to come up with other methods of getting their products inside people’s computers. Some of the most frequently utilized techniques are through junk-mails, torrent files and file-sharing sites. Nonetheless, most people with a general idea on how to keep their PC safe should not fall for those. On the other hand, there is one method that oftentimes is overlooked and for that reason seems to be the one with the highest rate of success. This particular strategy is known as file bundling. A file bundle is essentially an installer that holds several programs that get installed together. If you download such a software package and you go straight for the Default installation setting, you’d also get all added content along the main program of the bundle. This is the mistake that gets users the Adware and in order to prevent it from happening to you, you have to always opt for the Custom installation settings when about to install any new program. Those settings would enable you to choose which of the added installs gets left out. Simply uncheck everything that seems shady and possibly unwanted and you should be good to go.
How to Uninstall Savings Cool “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 Savings Cool 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!
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#2: Remove Savings Cool 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 Savings Cool 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 Savings Cool 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 Savings Cool 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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