Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Savings App - how to remove this adware?
The Savings App browser add-on displays coupon ads when computer users visit online shopping websites. This browser extension is developed by 215 Apps (Excellent Apps) and can be downloaded from its homepage or may be installed on users' computers together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Whilst this browser plug-in is not technically a virus or malware, it is categorized as adware, since when installed, it hijacks the Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox) and displays deceptive ads from other websites. The add-on also generates coupon ad pop-ups whenever users visit online shopping websites.
Many computer users report that they have not willingly installed Savings App, and yet they observe ads related to this extension. This situation may occur when Savings App is installed inadvertently on Internet browsers together with freeware. Note that many free software developers bundle their programs with unwanted browser add-ons such as this in order to monetize their free products. Other common sources of unwanted browser add-ons include download websites, may of which use download clients offering installation of additional software on users' computers.
Savings App is not a virus, however, it is an unwanted application and is not recommended for installation on your system. If you feel that you have not willingly installed Savings App, but it is present on your computer, express caution in future when downloading and installing free software. Always closely check each installation step of freeware, opting-out of any suggested changes to your Internet browsers. To eliminate Savings App and 'Ads not by this site' ads from your Internet browsers, follow the removal guide provided.
Savings App removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "SavingsApp" (215 Apps), select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "SavingsApp" (215 Apps), select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling Savings App, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Savings App from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Savings App from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Excellent Apps related entries (SavingsApp) and disable this entry.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Savings App, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Savings App from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "SavingsApp", select this entry and click on the trash can icon.
Remove Savings App from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "SavingsApp".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Savings App, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.
Savings App is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Savings App distribution:
To avoid installation of Savings App be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Savings App from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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