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Remove Gordon Deals ads (Removal Instructions) - Tutorial

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Gordon Deals ads won’t help you to save when shopping online

Example of Gordon Deals adware

Gordon Deals is an adware program that is presented as a shopping assistant. The Google Chrome extension is supposed to help users to save when online shopping by displaying special offers and discount coupons. However, in reality, it barely functions as promised. It works as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

So-called Gordon Deals virus has been noticed spreading in software bundles, meaning that it might be offered to download as an optional component when downloading freeware or shareware. However, inattentive computer users might agree to install unintentionally if they rely on Quick/Recommended setup.

Once inside, the application might make several modifications in the system, for instance, modify Windows Registry or create new entries. Additionally, it configures Chrome’s settings in order display third-party advertisement on each site a user visits. Lastly, users will find Gordon Deals extension in the browser which might be hard to get rid of.

What is more, the adware might replace default browser’s homepage and search engine. The new Gordon Deals page includes:

  • quick links to online coupons providers;
  • quick access to online cash-back providers;
  • shortcuts to popular retailer’s sites;
  • shopping deals based on recent search keywords.

These features might seem useful for people who shop online a lot. However, when you browse the web using an affected browser, the Gordon Deals adware might:

  • display fake shopping coupons that do not give promised discount;
  • deliver “special offers” that redirect to phishing sites;
  • show pop-ups that exchanges discount codes to user’s contact or personal information;
  • provide malware-laden ads;[1]
  • give misleading security pop-ups;
  • promote shady software or its updates;[2]
  • trigger redirects to promotional websites.

As you can see, Gordon Deals ads are not always designed to help people to save money. Indeed, they are intended to benefit the developers. The adware might display an excessive amount of advertisements and aggressively seek for user’s click because once she or he clicks, authors of the app generate revenue.

The same goes with sudden redirects to third-party sites. The adware might be used for driving traffic to third-party sites that need to increase their sales or rank higher in Google’s search results. However, security experts from Holland[3] warn about potentially dangerous Gordon Deals redirect tendencies.

This app might also lead to phishing, tech support scam or even malicious websites. Therefore, users are advised to remove Gordon Deals adware from the PC as soon as this PUP starts flooding Chrome with shopping offers. Once you uninstall this add-on, you should look up to more credible discount service.

If the program was installed in a software bundle, we recommend opting for automatic Gordon Deals removal with updated anti-malware/anti-spyware program, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. However, if you prefer manual removal, you can find the instructions at the end of the article.

Image of Gordon Deals virus
Gordon Deals ads might start popping up on the screen after installation of the suspicious shopping assistant.

Everything you need to know about software bundling to avoid PUPs

Bundling is a questionable software marketing technique that is widely exploited by developers of PUPs. This method allows taking advantage of user’s bad habit to rush with freeware installation using Recommended/Standard settings that do not openly disclose about additional third-party apps that might be attached to the primary program.

Keep in mind that when you download freeware from P2P networks or other free download sources, you can never be sure if it’s a single program or a package. Thus, you have to figure it out by using Advanced/Custom installation. If you see a list of optional apps, you should unmark all pre-selected entries to avoid browsing-related or privacy-related problems.

Uninstall Gordon Deals from Google Chrome

If you tried to remove Gordon Deals from Chrome’s extensions, you might have noticed that it came back. Indeed, it might be related to adware’s functionality. Therefore, you should put more effort in its removal.

First of all, you have to look up for the program in the Control Panel (or Application if your Mac OS X got infected). Secondly, you have to uninstall suspicious extensions from Google Chrome. Thirdly, you have to reset the browser to delete tracking cookies or other invisible entries.

You can find more detailed manual Gordon Deals removal guide below, or you can speed up the process with anti-malware/anti-spyware program.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 Gordon Deals ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall Gordon Deals from Windows systems

Gordon Deals may have installed several helper objects, additional components and other entries to Windows OS. Follow these steps to uninstall them all:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Gordon Deals and related programs
    Here, look for Gordon Deals or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Delete Gordon Deals from Mac OS X system

If you suffer from Gordon Deals ads on Mac OS X, follow these steps to remove adware from the system:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Gordon Deals or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove Gordon Deals from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Gordon Deals and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Gordon Deals removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Gordon Deals ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Gordon Deals should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Gordon Deals from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Gordon Deals and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Gordon Deals removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Gordon Deals from Google Chrome

Go to the extensions and remove suspicious add-ons. Then reset Google Chrome.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Gordon Deals and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Gordon Deals removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Gordon Deals from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Gordon Deals or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Gordon Deals removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Gabriel E. Hall
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