Also Known As: Lucky Savings Virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Lucky Savings - how to eliminate unwanted coupon ads?
What is Lucky Savings?
Lucky Savings is a browser extension developed by 215 Apps (Excellent Apps), who claim that the add-on helps users save time and money whilst shopping online. While some Internet users see this extension as useful, many report that Lucky Savings was installed on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox) without their consent. Note that this browser extension is not related to malware or virus infections, however, the developers use deceptive methods to promote Lucky Savings. Commonly, this browser add-on is installed together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
This promotion method is called bundling, an advertising strategy that has a downside for the user: promoted software is often installed unwillingly. To avoid installation of unwanted browser plug-ins, always closely inspect each installation step of freeware, disallowing any suggested changes to your Internet browsers (such as installing additional browser extensions or changing the homepage or default search engine settings).
The Lucky Savings add-on displays coupon ads when users visit Expedia, Best Buy, Walmart, Newegg, and other online shopping websites. This browser plug-in is similar to other unwanted extensions (adware) such as Savings App, Giant Savings, Savings Sidekick, and many others. If you have willingly installed this browser extension and are aware of its presence on your Internet browsers, then you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that Lucky Savings was installed without your consent, and you prefer to shop without annoying coupon ad pop-ups, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this extension from your Internet browsers. Note that browser extensions by 215 Apps are known to cause "Ads not by this site" issues and may be bundled with Yontoo adware. You are recommended to eliminate Lucky Savings from your computer.
Deceptive free software installer used in Lucky Savings adware distribution:
- What is Lucky Savings?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Lucky Savings and Lucky Savings Widget applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Lucky Savings add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Lucky Savings plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Lucky Savings extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Lucky Savings removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Lucky Savings" and "Lucky Savings Widget", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Lucky Savings, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Lucky Savings from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Lucky Savings from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Excellent Apps and Linkury related entries (Lucky Savings, Lucky Savings Widget, Lucky Savings WidgetEngine) select and disable these entries.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Lucky Savings, 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 the "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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Lucky Savings from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Lucky Savings" and "Lucky Savings Widget", select these entries and click on a trash can icon.
If you continue having problems with the removal of Lucky Savings add-on, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Lucky Savings from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable these add-ons: "Lucky Savings" and "Lucky Savings Widget".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Lucky Savings, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Lucky Savings 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 Lucky Savings distribution:
To avoid installation of Lucky Savings 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 Lucky Savings from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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