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Remove “Hot Deals!” pop-up ads (Removal Guide) - Jan 2020 update

removal by Alice Woods - -   Also known as “Hot Deals!” virus | Type: Adware

Hot Deals – an ad-supported application that makes online shopping a tiring process

Hot Deals adwareHot Deals is a PUP that can modify web browser settings such as the homepage and new tab URL zone

Hot Deals ads are the sign of an adware program lurking somewhere on your computer. Users have already reported to experience trouble due to the appearance of these unwanted advertisements. The adware seems to drop intrusive notifications while visiting e-shopping websites such as eBay, Amazon, and Walmart.[1] It also appears that Hot Deals virus does not diminish itself after resetting web browsers only and an advanced removal process is required here. Continuously, others claim to have found rogue extensions such as “funshopper” and “fastncheap” inserted in the infected web browser app.[2] Even customers of eBay have reported this adware in the community forum stating that the potentially unwanted program completely messes up the Internet shopping process that becomes hard to maintain full quality.[3]

Hot Deals is an intrusive PUP that can be promoted by other adware[4] programs such as Topic Torch by SuperWeb LLC. Also, security researchers have discovered that this app was also distributed via KingBrowse adware in the past. Nevertheless, this suspicious product might not come alone and bring other unknown applications to the system. It is known that Hot Deals can get bundled with another third-party app such as WebCake that is also categorized as adware.

Name Hot Deals
Category Adware/potentially unwanted program
Promoted by It is known that the suspicious product was promoted by another adware called KingBrowser in the past. Also, this app can be sponsored by another PUP known as Topic Torch that is developed by SuperWeb LLC
Bundled with Research shows that potentially unwanted programs often come with additional products to the targeted computer system. This adware might get bundled with other of its kind, for example, WebCake
Appearance Users have already been complaining that the ad-supported application shows intrusive pop-up ads on various e-shopping platforms such as eBay, Amazon, and Walmart. Also, the adware can make unwanted changes to your web browser apps such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari
Related extensions Once the PUP settles on the affected computer system, you can also find your web browsers filled with questionable extensions such as “funshopper” and “fastncheap”
Termination You can get rid of the potentially unwanted program by opting for reliable antimalware software or using the manual step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this page
Repair tool If you have encountered any suspicious modifications or compromisation on your computer system after the adware attack, you can try repairing the corrupted areas with the help of an automatical repair tool such as ReimageIntego

“Hot Deals” pop-up ads is likely the first thing you will notice when infected with this adware program. The unwanted notifications will not leave you alone unless you get rid of the PUP permanently. Otherwise, these pop-ups can appear on any type of web browser, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari and interrupt your browsing work.

Nevertheless, Hot Deals can make it harder for you to perform e-shopping sessions as this adware tends to load intrusive notifications whenever the user is browsing via shopping platforms on the Internet. You might find your computer screen loaded with attractive-looking coupons, promo codes, and various deals. The intensity of such activity can relate to a sluggish browsing process and significantly affect the quality of the process.

Continuously, you should not fall for “Hot Deals!” pop-up ads even though they might look useful to you. The third-party developers might provide you with bogus offers and deals that require paying a big amount of money when you do not even receive the final product as promised. Also, be careful with clicks on the provided ads as you can accidentally get redirected to unknown directories on the web.

Hot Deals virusHot Deals - adware that drops unwanted pop-ups while users are browsing on e-shopping websites such as eBay, Walmart, and Amazon

Hot Deals might take you to places that are also filled with sponsored offers and aim to gain benefits from the users. However, the worst thing about these redirects is that you might be forced to land on an infected domain that holds dangerous malware infections such as trojans or ransomware. This way your computer can get badly attacked and experience severe damage.

Furthermore, Hot Deals can start collecting information related to the user's browsing experience and habits. The developers might inject tracking objects such as cookies, pixels, or beacons for this purpose. Non-personal data such as recently visited websites, clicked links, saved bookmarks, the user's IP address, geographic location, and other details are gathered for sharing them with other parties for income or developing targeted advertising campaigns.

Hot Deals removal is the best way to deal with this adware program as if you do not remove the potentially unwanted app itself, you will not be able to stop the intrusive advertising, redirecting activities, and diminish the unwanted changes that the adware might have performed on your web browsers. Also, for repairing any compromised entries on your computer system, try employing software such as ReimageIntego.

In fact, you can successfully remove Hot Deals by using both automatical or manual techniques. However, the second one required more of the user's effort and time. Also, you will be prompted to clean web browsers from unexpected extensions and other objects. Continuously, you should reverse the modifications that might have been performed on your browser's homepage and new tab URL sections.

“Hot Deals!” pop-up ads

Adware can get delivered by other PUPs of its kind

In most cases, adware is added to the system without direct people's permission with the help of freeware, shareware, and other third-party programs. This distribution method is called bundling. Users are rarely checking what sort of program they are installing and what is attached to it. If you are trying to install a program you are not familiar with, do not rush its installation process by clicking next…next…next.

You should select the “advanced” or “custom” installation method in order to follow the entire installation process and then deselect all unwanted extensions/plug-ins/toolbars/add-ons you do not want to install. According to Virusai.lt experts,[5] you should be aware of various configuration that is marked as “recommended” or “quick” as these are the modes that allow various potentially unwanted products to appear on the computer unknown.

However, adware and similar PUPs often have more than one distribution source. These suspicious products often come together with other third-party apps such as adware, browser hijackers, scareware, etc. So, if you already have a potentially unwanted program messing with your computer system, do not be surprised to find additional products that might have been bundled with the primary program.

Removing Hot Deals virus from the affected computer and cleaning browsers

If “Hot Deals!” pop-up ads are bothering you, you should waste no time and scan your computer with updated anti-spyware that will check for adware lurking on your machine and find all sources that might have been affected by the PUP.

Afterward, you should initiate the Hot Deals removal process, otherwise, you will not be able to prevent the annoying incoming advertisements. For this task, you can also employ automatical software or use manual step-by-step instructions such as the ones that are provided at the end of this article.

Below you will be shown how to remover Hot Deals not only from your operating system but also from web browser applications such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari as these apps can also end up filled with questionable-looking extensions, plug-ins, and other components.

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To remove “Hot Deals!” pop-up ads, follow these steps:

Erase “Hot Deals!” pop-up from Windows systems

To terminate the potentially unwanted program from your Windows operating system and get rid of all unknown content that it has brought, apply the following guiding steps

To remove “Hot Deals!” pop-up 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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up (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.

Eliminate “Hot Deals!” pop-up from Mac OS X system

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

Remove “Hot Deals!” pop-up from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for “Hot Deals!” pop-up-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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up, 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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the “Hot Deals!” pop-up-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove “Hot Deals!” pop-up from Internet Explorer (IE)

To erase unwanted browser extensions from Internet Explorer and diminish unexpected changes, use the below-provided step-by-step guidelines

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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up 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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete “Hot Deals!” pop-up 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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up-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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up 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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up 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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up 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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of “Hot Deals!” pop-up from Google Chrome

To bring your Google Chrome web browser back to its previous position and get rid of all adware-related changes, employ these steps

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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up 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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up-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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase “Hot Deals!” pop-up 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 “Hot Deals!” pop-up 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

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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