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Remove Ads by Great Deals (Removal Instructions)

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General information about Great Deals virus

A lot of computer users complain to us that “Great Deals ads keep popping up,” and if you see these ads too, it means that your PC is infected with Great Deals virus. It is not a harmful computer threat; indeed, it acts more like a potentially unwanted program (PUP), but it does not signify that it cannot pose a threat to your computer system. We have assigned this PUP to adware category because the primary function of this program is to collect certain information about the user and then send targeted ads to him/her. In fact, it acts like Hot Deals adware.

At first, it might seem that this program is trying to help you to find best shopping deals on the Internet and that it even tries to find lower prices and discount codes for items that you are interested in. However, that is not what Great Deals adware aims for. In reality, it wants you to click on “ads by Great Deals” and visit predetermined Internet sites, which usually belong to various third-party companies. Some of them might be trustworthy, but other might be not, so if you do not want to step into hazardous Internet sites (bear in mind that some high-risk websites can seem entirely secure), stay away from advertisements that this ad-supported app generates. Ideally, implement Great Deals removal using ReimageIntego or another anti-spyware program.

Questions about Ads by Great Deals

This suspicious software is hardly reliable, and we doubt that it can help you to buy items at a lower price. It seems that its ultimate goal is to get pay-per-click revenue by rerouting users to certain third-party web pages. However, you probably are curious how this program manages to find deals on items that you are actually interested in? The answer is really simple. Once installed, it injects tracking cookies into user’s browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or another web browser) and starts gathering data about the user. It can collect user’s search queries, review browsing history, find out computer’s geolocation and IP address as well. Although this data is regarded as personally non-identifiable, we doubt that you want to reveal it to developers of a shady third-party program and possibly its affiliates.

Great Deals ads on its official site

How did this program manage to hijack your computer?

One of the main capabilities that such potentially unwanted programs have is the ability to infiltrate computers unnoticed. As a rule, this is done with the help of “bundling”. This distribution technique is still legitimate and relies on freeware/shareware. It allows third parties to monetize their free programs by filling them with ‘optional downloads,’ such as browser add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions. Therefore, don’t be too quick when installing free programs because by clicking the ‘next’ button all the time without reading notifications you may end up with a whole list of potentially unwanted programs, such as BoBrowser, Boby Lyrics, AdwCleaner, etc. on your computer. Of course, you can opt out of such and similar attachments, but if you want to do that, you have to forget Quick or Recommended installation. Instead of it, you should always opt for Advanced or Custom installation option and monitor the entire installation process step-by-step. If you find a check box, which carries ‘optional downloads’ and claim that you agree to install them, make sure that before clicking the ‘next’ button you unmark ticks that are marked there.

What’s the best way to remove Great Deals from your computer?

If you want to remove Great Deals virus from your computer, you need to find every single component of it. Make sure that you run through your Task Manager first and get rid of each of its components. Once you do so, you should check each of your web browsers that were hijacked by this PUP and remove unwanted ‘extensions’ from Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and other web browsers. Nevertheless, you should note that such process may be too complicated for you if you are not an advanced PC user. In this case, you should think about the automatic Great Deals removal option. For that, you just need to install a reliable anti-spyware, update it to its latest version and run a full system scan to find each file, which is related to GreatDeals.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Great Deals ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate Great Deals from Windows systems

To remove Ads by Great Deals from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Ads by Great Deals (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete Great Deals from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Ads by Great Deals from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Ads by Great Deals-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Ads by Great Deals, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Ads by Great Deals and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Ads by Great Deals-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Great Deals from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Ads by Great Deals and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Ads by Great Deals removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Great Deals ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Ads by Great Deals-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Great Deals from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Ads by Great Deals and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Ads by Great Deals did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Ads by Great Deals removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Great Deals from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Ads by Great Deals by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Ads by Great Deals-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Ads by Great Deals removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Great Deals from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Ads by Great Deals and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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  1. Rufus says:
    January 29th, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Can stand Great Deals ads! They keep appearing on my computer!

  2. MarryRose says:
    January 29th, 2016 at 6:56 am

    How can I remove it?????

  3. PeteJohanson says:
    January 29th, 2016 at 6:57 am

    The only way to get rid of this adware is to install a reliable anti-spyware.

  4. Damian says:
    June 15th, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Well I managed to remove it manually 🙂 i guess it depends on how experienced you are

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