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Remove Offers4U (Sep 2020 update) - Removal Guide

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as Offers4U ads | Type: Adware

Offers4U virus appear on Chrome and Firefox browsers

The image of Offers4u virus

Offers4U virus is, in fact, a potentially unwanted program which has been actively misused for promoting third party websites and services. That's why it causes sponsored ads on your Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and other web browsers.

According to PC experts, hundreds of PC users have already been affected by this adware. They all report about the same issues: annoying “ads by Offers4U” and similar notifications, redirects to suspicious websites, slow downs on their web browsers, cookies and so on. Technically, this application is not a virus. However, it's more than clear that it is not created for helping people save their money. Instead of being a reliable shopping helper, Offers4U virus tries to earn the money for its developers.

It does that by showing third party ads on people's computers. If it manages to convince them to click any of these ads, its developer receives a certain amount of money. Besides, this adware can show up on your Mac OS X or Windows computer without any permission asked because lots of free applications, for example, download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software and similar apps, have been involved in its distribution scheme. If you have already detected this PUP among your extensions, you should remove Offers4U with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or similar uninstaller. 

The most important fact related to this browser add-on is that it is capable of tracking your browsing on the web. Beware that Offers4U is usually spread in a bundle with cookies that may hijack each of your web browsers and then may start collecting information about your search terms, mostly visited websites, data that is entered there, PC's IP address, its location, etc. Sounds unfair, right?

If you, just like us, believe that such activity is dangerous, you should get rid of this adware from your computer. The easiest way to do that is to use automatic removal option. However, you can also select manual Offers4U removal from Mac OS X or Windows operating system. In this case, make sure you perform each of the steps that are given below in exact order.

 

As we have already mentioned, this program seeks to convince its users that it is a powerful shopping helper that can help them save their money by showing the latest discounts, price comparisons and similar deals. However, before you start believing that Offers4U ads seek to inform you about the best price offers and the greatest discounts, you must know that this program is considered an ad-supported application.

So, it displays its advertisements just for redirecting you to its affiliate websites that are seeking to increase their popularity. In most of the cases, these ads have nothing in common with the content that they promise.

Offers4U Distribution methods:

Questions about Offers4U

There are hundreds of PC users who have labelled this adware “virus” because of its unexpected appearance on their computers. In reality, this program can be installed manually or in a bundle with freeware and shareware where it is hidden in optional components. In fact, they are wrong because this program is not a virus, and it cannot pose any harm to the system or data that is kept on it.

Nevertheless, as you may have already understood, it may initiate lots of unwanted activities, such as Offers4U redirect, slowdowns, annoying pop-up ads and similar inconveniences.

How can you avoid its infiltration to your PC system? Of course, there are some things that you should remember: the main thing you must keep in mind is that Offers4U is spread in a bundle with freeware, which can be filled with various components. To get the ability to opt out of them, you should always select Custom or Advanced installation option and then uncheck different check marks that claim that you want to install this adware.

If you think that you have already been tricked into installing this commercial add-on on Chrome, Firefox or other web browser, you should wait no longer. You should use a guide below and fix your computer.

Fixing computer after Offers4U:

What should be done after noticing alerts that claim “brought to you by Offers4U”, “Offers4U coupons”, “ads by Offers4U” or “Offers4U ads”? The answer is very simple – their appearance on your web browser means that you have already downloaded this questionable program to your computer.

Also, the appearance of these ads can be a sign that this adware has already infiltrated your machine without your authorization. We think that you should get rid of it no matter which case is yours. For Offers4U removal we highly recommend using reputable anti-spyware software.

If you want to get rid of this adware manually, you should pay attention to one fact – this program has been traveling around in one pack with various components that may cause its reappearance in the future. That's why you must be very careful while trying to remove Offers4U from your PC system using manual removal option.

What do our users think about Offers4U

Dave: After installing a program that I need (download manager), I started seeing Offers4U ads. They appear when I use Google Chrome browser only. Could this be that I installed an infected download manager?

2spyware: Unfortunately, but it seems that you are right. While we cannot declare that this program is malicious, you can easily see that this program is capable of infiltrating a computer without users' authorization. Also, it may cause serious havoc on your web browser and the only way to avoid it is to remove Offers4U adware. Please, consider using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or alternative anti-malware programs to prevent the second appearance of this app.

Michael: Offers4U virus has just infected my Mac, and I don't know how to fix it. What is the easiest way to remove this malware?

2spyware: Firstly, this program is not malware. It's just a potentially unwanted program, which is designed to show an ad-supported content on a web browser. However, you should perform Offers4U removal on Mac because it can track your browsing sessions and collect non-personally identifiable information. Our recommended anti-malware tools can always help you to fix your computer, no matter what OS is installed on them.

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 Offers4U, follow these steps:

Delete Offers4U from Windows systems

To remove Offers4U virus manually, you need to Uninstall every component of this adware. Please, take a closer look at such entries as RocketTab, Search Protect and similar suspicious entries.

To remove Offers4U 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 Offers4U (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.

Get rid of Offers4U from Mac OS X system

To uninstall this adware from Mac OS X, you should uninstall these entries Offers4U, RocketTab, Search Protect, etc.

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

Remove Offers4U from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Offers4U-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 Offers4U, 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 Offers4U and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Offers4U-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Offers4U 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 Offers4U 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 Offers4U removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Offers4U 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 Offers4U-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

Remove Offers4U from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If your Mozilla is hijacked by Offers4U, you need to perform steps that are listed below. Add-ons tab on infected PC system can be found here:

The picture showing Mozilla Firefox infected by Offers4U

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 Offers4U 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 Offers4U 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 Offers4U removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Offers4U 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 Offers4U 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 Offers4U-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 Offers4U removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Offers4U from Safari

Hundreds of Mac OS X users have informed us about Offers4U attack. To remove it manually, you should uninstall this add-on from Safari. You can find it via Preferences..:

The image shows how to remove Offers4U virus 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 Offers4U 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

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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Kylie says:
    December 3rd, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    This add on is awful. It is not found by malware, not in IE8 tool bar add ins or on a list of programs to uninstall. The uninstall software they link to doesnt work. Does anyone know how to get rid of this?

  2. Chip says:
    November 14th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    The worst distributions of Offers4U come as a part of other programs, silently working in the background of another process. I recommend you uninstall any software you may have installed recently that you dont have 100% trust in.

  3. Joe says:
    April 20th, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Kylie,

    Follow the instructions above for removal from your browser and you will probably find the name of the program. Mine was called V-bates. I removed the extension from my browser and then found it under Program Uninstall. Annoying ads are now gone.

  4. A. Agnelli says:
    September 2nd, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I worked this out for my Macs, but it might also lead you in the right direction:

    I tried to get rid of the annoying “offers4u” pop-ups for days and followed all kinds of instructions, that I researched online. NOTHING worked (incl. AdwareMedic, Malwarebytes, ClamXav, Sophos, etc.). Neither on OS 10.9.x nor 10.6.8 (running both on different partitions). But it looks like, that I did find a SOLUTION, which I will describe with the following 6 steps:

    1. Find out, on which websites the “offers4u” windows pop-up. In my case it was mostly on Amazon and on ebay, not immediately though, only after I was searching for some specific items. I tried to find out, to which domains or IPs the browser was connecting short before the “offers4u”-windows pop-up. As that happens so fast, it is nearly impossible to write down or memorize this info, so I recorded the screen with a screen recording program. I have uploaded the result here: http://vimeo.com/138000812 (PW = video). Going through the video you will see domains like cloudfront.net, mgicinsrc.org and mgicinsrc.info show up before the actual offers4u-windows pop up. So here are the next steps I did:

    2. Using the selectivecookiedelete-Extension for Firefox, I deleted all cookies, that contained “cloudfront” and “mgicin”. If you dont have this extension, I suggest, you delete all cookies.

    3. Most important: I copied the file “hosts” (located in ~/private/etc/hosts) to my desktop, opened with a regular text program and added the following lines:

    127.0.0.1 i.mgicinjs.info
    127.0.0.1 f.mgicinjs.info
    127.0.0.1 i.mgicinjs.org
    127.0.0.1 mgicinjs.net
    127.0.0.1 mgicinjs.com
    127.0.0.1 dew9ckzjyt2gn.cloudfront.net

    ===> If OTHER domains show up in your browser, of course you need to paste those into the hosts-file

  5. A. Agnelli says:
    September 2nd, 2015 at 11:07 am

    ===> If OTHER domains show up in your browser, of course you need to paste those into the hosts-file

  6. A. Agnelli says:
    September 2nd, 2015 at 11:08 am

    (not sure, why my comment did not go through completely – here is the rest)

    4. I deleted the original hosts-file and moved/copied the one created on the desktop to the etc-folder.

    5. I ran “Repair Disk Permissions” with Disk Utility.

    6. I restarted my iMac, ran Firefox and (until now) the offers4u annoyance did not reappear.

    Theoretically this should also make offers4u disappear on all other browsers you are using (dont forget to delete the cookies there too).

    Please respond to the above, if it worked for you too (or not). Best wishes, A.

  7. Alma says:
    October 26th, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Thank you, 2-spyware team, for a detailed guide and the chance to escape from Offers4U ads! I thought I will never manage to get through that advertising maze.

  8. Jd.Bob says:
    October 26th, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Hi. Is this adware still active? Jesus, I was infected with it probably a couple of years. Having such a tool installed is a miserable experience because its really tough to fight against those Offers4U ads. I will do my best not to get infected again.

  9. Kristie says:
    October 26th, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Hi. Ive been using this app for some time until I found out that its ads will not save my money or time. Dont trust Offers4U ads under any circumstances, especially those that promote other programs or remove tech support.

  10. Mr.Pete says:
    October 26th, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I always though that “Ads by Offers4U” are generated by the websites!I cant believe that I have endured those ads for so long. Fortunately, the guide above has helped me to get rid of this adware!

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