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Remove SavingsCool ads (Removal Instructions) - May 2018 update

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

SavingsCool is an adware that pretends to be a “useful shopping assistant”

Picture of SavingsCool ads

SavingsCool is a free application classified as adware and potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] since 2016. Its developer (not specified) represents the app as a useful shopping assistant that can help to save money by displaying filtered shopping-related ads and similar content corresponding to user's preferences. However, instead of special offers, it starts generated ads that redirect to the sites of its affiliates to increase their visitor's rate and generate pay-per-click revenue. That's why this web browser extension is usually referred to as SavingsCool virus. 

Name Savings Cool
Type Adware, PUP
Distribution Software bundling
Danger level Low. The app is more intrusive than dangerous, though can display potentially dangerous ads
Symptoms Suspicious process running on Task Manager, unknown extensions installed on the web browser, an excessive amount of SavingsCool ads
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In fact, this supposedly useful application will only misguide you into visiting websites that are not safe[2] and instead of offering good deals attempt to rip people off. We can’t claim that the virus does this purposefully. It merely advertises third-parties it has signed up an affiliate contract with.

The problem is that SavingsCool is an ad-based program (or adware for short), so it will essentially advertise anything that brings it money, even if the advertised product, service or website is dangerous and untrustworthy.

What makes matters even worse it that SavingsCool ads and additional suspicious shopping assistance extensions may start appearing on random computers, even if their users are not interested in online shopping at all.

This is due to the fact that this adware infiltrates systems without owners’ permission. That is the primarily the reason why it is considered a potentially unwanted program and is recommended to eliminate from the systems that it inhabits. However, the analysis of this app revealed that most frequent search queries regarding it are the following: SavingsCool removal, SavingsCool won't uninstall, and SavingsCool adware and similar. All of the references towards this ad-supported program have one common feature – they are all negative. 

However, the good news is that it is fairly easy to remove SavingsCool and clean up the computer browsers from its annoying ads. We explain how to do it at the end of the article, but if you are looking for an instant solution, do not hesitate and trying out Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or similar security programs.[3] experts remind  that although manual Savings Cool removal is possible, automatic solution is much faster and more reliable. 

Constant redirects is another issue that the victims of SavingsCool hijack complain about. They note that while this program is on the computer, the continuous and often unexpected occurrences of different ads by SavingsCool as well as its pop-ups is the common cause of unintentional redirects to shady websites.

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SavingsCool ads can appear on the screen in various forms - pop-up ads, banners, etc. Cyber security experts do not recommend clicking on them as they can redirect you to untrustworthy web pages.

Unfortunately, such unwanted visits may even end up in malware infection or involvement in some online scam. System resource exploitation that this virus is known for significantly adds to the computer’s vulnerability to cyber infections as well.

Because most CPU is utilized for generating ads and fulfilling SavingsCool redirect aims, antivirus utilities may not work properly, and other applications may crash or freeze as well. So, it is more than obvious that this virus is a threat to the system in much more respects than may be initially assumed.

Since it is merely a potentially unwanted program and not a virus, SavingsCool removal is obligatory. Nevertheless, having in mind all the ill activities it is capable of implementing on the infected computers, we strongly advise you to get rid of it without delay.

Adware infects computers with a help of software bundling

SavingsCool infiltration more or less complies with the standards of the general adware tradition. This browser add-on finds its way to the random computers by exploiting the possibilities software “bundling” provides.

In other words, it travels as an optional install together with freeware and shareware applications. This means that it does not need to ask for user's authorization directly. This technique is another factor which helps the experts categorize SavingsCool as a potentially unwanted application.

Unintentionally allowing such programs on computers is a common tendency, but it can be prevented by simply checking Advanced/Custom settings before installing new applications on the device.

Guidelines on how to remove SavingsCool

SavingsCool virus along with its intrusive ads is not only annoying but a potentially hazardous application. Thus, it should be eliminated from the device it inhabits as soon as possible.

There are several things you should know that will help you remove SavingsCool properly. First, keep in mind that though manual virus removal is an option (its guidelines are presented below), it is not for everyone.

If you have no experience dealing with viruses, you should better opt for the automatic virus elimination approach. For SavingsCool removal to go smoothly, update your antivirus utility to the latest version, and if you do not have one yet, obtain a trustworthy, reliable and legal tool to run the system scan.

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To remove SavingsCool ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall SavingsCool from Windows systems

SavingsCool malware won't uninstall? Use this guide to solve the problem. These ads usually appear on Windows operating systems, so below you will find virus removal solutions created specifically for this system.

Please keep in mind that the virus will be barely recognizable once on the computer. It may run under a process such as gpsetup.exe, 11111.exe or e0be64b6820b1aa99473fbe2bd188ef294c861f4.exe, so make sure you terminate these processes when you are eliminating the virus from your computer.

  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 SavingsCool and related programs
    Here, look for SavingsCool 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 SavingsCool 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 SavingsCool 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'

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

Get rid of SavingsCool 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, SavingsCool should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Erase SavingsCool from Google Chrome

Check Chrome for extensions that might be associated with the adware program. Delete them using these tips.

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

Uninstall SavingsCool 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 SavingsCool 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 SavingsCool removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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