Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
GetSavin - how to remove unwanted coupon ads?
The GetSavin browser add-on is developed by Adpeak Inc. and promises to enhance computer users' Internet browsing experience by providing notifications of available coupons and deals when shopping online. This functionality may seem useful, however, the GetSavin browser add-on is known to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox) without users' consent. Computer users report that they observe GetSavin coupon ads even though they did not install this browser plug-in. This situation may occur if users download and install free software from the Internet. GetSavin uses a deceptive marketing method called 'bundling', and thus, many users install this browser add-on unwillingly.
Computer users wishing to avoid unwilling installation of browser plug-ins, should always closely check each freeware installation step, opting-out of any additional software installation. Always use the 'Custom Installation', rather than, 'Typical Installation' option when installing free software and disallow any suggested changes to your browser homepage, default search engine settings, etc. GetSavin is not technically a computer virus, however, this browser add-on causes unwanted coupon and in-text ads. If you have unwillingly installed this browser plug-in, it is recommended that you remove it from your computer immediately.
The most common source of a potentially unwanted program (PUP) such as GetSavin is download websites, which employ download clients in the process of free software downloading. These download clients and installers offer installation of additional software, and if users do not pay close attention to the installation steps, they may easily end up installing various adware and unwanted programs on their Internet browsers. The GetSavin PUP is similar to other unwanted browser extensions, which display coupon ads and cause various security and privacy-related issues. These extensions include Special Savings, Browse to Save, and many others. If you feel that the GetSavin browser add-on was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate unwanted coupon ads.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "GetSavin" (Adpeak Inc.), 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 "GetSavin" (Adpeak Inc.), select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling GetSavin, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove GetSavin from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove GetSavin from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Adpeak Inc. related entries ("GetSavin") and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of GetSavin, 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 GetSavin from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "GetSavin" select it and click on the trash can icon.
Remove GetSavin from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "GetSavin".
If you continue to have problems with removal of GetSavin, 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 the "Reset FireFox" button.
GetSavin Adware 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 GetSavin Adware distribution:
To avoid installation of GetSavin 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove GetSavin Adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.