Save Valet Adware

Also Known As: Save Valet Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

Save Valet - how to remove unwanted coupon ads?

What is Save Valet?

The Save Valet browser extension was developed by Save Valet LLC and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox. Creators of this browser add-on claim that it helps to save money and time whilst shopping online. This extension displays price comparison ads when users visit Amazon.com, eBay.com, and other popular online shopping websites. While some Internet users may find such price comparison ads useful, many report that Save Valet was installed on their browsers without their consent.

Unwilling installation such as this is often caused by freeware bundled with unwanted browser add-on. Note that it is common practice for free software developers and popular download websites to bundle their programs or downloads with third party browser add-ons. This is to monetize incoming web traffic. In most cases, computer users are able to opt-out of the installation of unwanted additional software, however, there are many rogue installers that do not offer options and others that install regardless of any user-selected preferences. Note that Save Valet is not technically considered a computer virus, however, its deceptive promotion methods categorize this add-on as adware.

Save Valet adware

The Save Valet browser add-on is a potentially unwanted program. If you feel that this browser plug-in was installed on your system without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this add-on, which will otherwise cause unwanted coupon and deal ads. The Save Valet adware is similar to Lucky Savings, Savings App, Price Gong, and many other unwanted applications. To protect your computer from this unwanted software, download free software from legitimate sources only. In addition, always carefully check each freeware installation window, disallowing any additional software installation along with the program that you have downloaded from the Internet.

Quick menu:

Save Valet removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click “Finder”, in the opened screen select “Applications”. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select “Empty Trash”.

Save Valet uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "SaveValet FireFox" and "SaveValet IE", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling Save Valet, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Remove Save Valet from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove Save Valet from Internet Explorer:

Save Valet removal from Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Save Valet LLC related entries (Save Valet), select it and disable this entry.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the save valet adware, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove Save Valet from Google Chrome:

Save Valet removal from Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "SaveValet", select this entry and click on the trash can icon.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the save valet adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Save Valet from Mozilla FireFox:

Save Valet removal from Mozilla FireFox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "SaveValet".

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with save valet adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove save valet adware from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select “Preferences...”.

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click “Extensions”, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click “Uninstall”.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on “Safari” menu. From the drop down menu select “Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select “all history” and click the “Clear History” button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 1Save Valet Virus 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.

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 2

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. To avoid installation of adware 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.

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