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Remove SalePlus virus (Improved Instructions) - updated Mar 2017

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

SalePlus adware continues to attack computer users in 2017

SalePlus virus is just another example of an annoying computer infection[1] that gets into the system in a bundle with various free applications. If you are looking for a computer program that could improve your daily experience, make sure you stay away from SalePlus. Our team has discovered that this adware-type parasite reaches computer users easily because many free programs are involved in its distribution scheme[2]. The least we can say is that we would never recommend installing SalePlus adware if you are looking for a software that could provide you with shopping coupons and discount codes. It belongs to the categories of an adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUP) not without a reason. The most significant drawbacks of using this software is that it slows down the computer and injects sponsored content in a shockingly intrusive way.

SalePlus ads
Researcher shows a couple of "SalePlus ads" examples.

It has several downsides that may turn Internet browsing into nerve-wracking activity and cause serious issues on computers. First of all, many users cannot remember downloading this program and they probably didn’t. In fact, it compromises Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers unnoticed via various programs that can be easily downloaded from the Internet for free. After that, it modifies browser’s settings and starts displaying various advertisements. Even though it is promoted as a tool that should help to save both time and money by exposing ads relevant to your interest, in reality it is not only useless but also can pose a threat to your PC. This browser add-on was specifically designed not in order to serve for its users, but to earn money for its developers. Therefore, ‘Ads by SalePlus’ may include sponsored links and generate pay-per-click revenue[3] for its developers every time you click on them.

Moreover, you may be redirected to suspicious websites and tricked into installing programs, for instance, adware, malware[4] or other potentially unwanted/dangerous programs. Not to mention, SalePlus fills your browser with tracking cookies and web beacons, which are programmed to monitor your online activities and track down your browsing habits. Be aware that not only non-personally identifiable information might be tracked, but some piece of personally identifiable information (PII) might be gathered as well. Typically, PUPs receive PII along with user’s search queries, because people tend to use search engines to search information related to themselves. The problem is that collected data may be sold to various third parties that later on may try to send you spam[5] or use such information for unknown purposes. To avoid all these issues, scan your computer with a reliable anti-spyware and remove SalePlus adware once detected. You might also want to try to delete the infection using SalePlus removal tips given below.

Official SalePlus website

SalePlus hijack plan explained

You may install this adware willingly believing that it will help you with online shopping. However, it is also possible to experience SalePlus hijack without even realizing it because this PUP typically manages to sneak into computer silently. If you already confronted any adware-type programs, you will probably know how they get inside and how they work. However, if that’s the first time when a potentially unwanted program infiltrated into your web browsers, you should know how it managed to get inside in order to prevent similar infiltrations in the future. SalePlus and similar adwares typically travel bundled with various free programs, such as download managers or PDF creators. At the moment, these are the programs that likely contribute to SalePlus distribution: ShareBeast, Prompt Downloader, and others. Therefore, if you recently installed one, and noticed ‘SalePlus Ads’ right after that, it means that you have installed some freeware inattentively. Programs that come bundled with free software are disclosed on the installation notes if you choose Advanced or Custom installation mode. Therefore, always select it and monitor the process carefully. If you spot a program, such as add-on, plug-in, toolbar, or extension marked as default, make sure that you unmark it as it may be an adware or a potentially unwanted program. No matter that SalePlus is not a virus and cannot harm your computer itself, it may cause the infiltration of malicious programs that will do so. Therefore, do not keep such a program on your computer and remove it without any delay.

Delete SalePlus adware and improve your computer’s performance

SalePlus removal will automatically improve your computer’s performance because you will simply get rid of the software that uses your Internet connection to connect to ad networks and load various advertisements from them. You shouldn’t hesitate whether to remove SalePlus virus or not because this program can only be described as just another suspicious program that is responsible for displaying annoying advertisements on web browsers and redirecting to affiliate websites. To stop such activities on your browsers, remove this adware with a help of the guidelines below.

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To remove SalePlus virus, follow these steps:

Erase SalePlus from Windows systems


  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 SalePlus and related programs
    Here, look for SalePlus 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'

Remove SalePlus from Mac OS X 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 SalePlus 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'

Get rid of SalePlus from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove SalePlus components from IE so that this adware couldn’t display its ads via this browser anymore. Delete these extensions (or at least the ones you can find in Internet Explorer):Wheretoget, SalePlus, SalePllus, BlocckkTheAds, youtubeadblocker.

  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 SalePlus 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 SalePlus removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete SalePlus virus 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, SalePlus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall SalePlus from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Look for extensions named SalePlus, Wheretoget, BlocckkTheAds, youtubeadblocker or similarly. You might find extensions with a modified SalePlus name, for instance, SalePllus, SaleePlus and so on. Uninstall all of them!

  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 SalePlus 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 SalePlus removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate SalePlus from Google Chrome

Your goal is to find as much shady browser extensions as possible and remove them. You should find at least one of these extensions in Chrome:SalePlus, BlocckkTheAds, youtubeadblocker, or Wheretoget.

  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 SalePlus 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 SalePlus removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase SalePlus 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 SalePlus 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 SalePlus removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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