Solid Savings Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Solid Savings - how to remove?
What is Solid Savings?
The Solid Savings browser add-on promises to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying coupon ads when visiting online shopping websites. This browser plug-in is created by 215Apps (Innovative Apps) and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox. On initial inspection this browser extension may appear legitimate, however, many computer users report that they have installed Solid Savings unwillingly and are annoyed by coupon ads displayed when browsing the Internet. Moreover, many complaints indicate that the Solid Savings browser add-on is difficult to remove. Unwilling installation of this browser plug-in may occur during download and installation of free software - developers of this add-on use a deceptive marketing method of software distribution called 'bundling'. Thus, many computer users feel that Solid Savings was installed on their Internet browsers without their consent.
To avoid unwilling installation of Solid Savings and other potentially unwanted programs, always closely inspect each installation step of any free software downloaded from the Internet. Many download websites use 'installers' or 'download clients', which offer installation of additional software when installing freeware. Always select the 'custom installation', rather than, 'typical installation' option. Opt-out of additional software and browser add-on installations, and uncheck any options suggesting you change your Internet browser homepage or default search engine settings.
Solid Savings is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which commonly installs on users' computers without their consent. Other similar adware programs created by 215 Apps (Innovative Apps) include Deals Plugin, Savings Vault, Instant Savings App, and many others. Note that in the majority of cases, PUP installation may be avoided by closely checking each installation step of free software downloaded from the Internet. If you feel that the Solid Savings add-on was installed on your Internet browser/s without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this unwanted plug-in and remove annoying coupon ads.
- What is Solid Savings?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Solid Savings application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Solid Savings add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Solid Savings plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Solid Savings extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Solid 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 "Solid Savings", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Solid Savings, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Solid Savings from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Solid Savings from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Innovative Apps related entries ("Solid Savings") and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Solid 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 Solid Savings from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Solid Savings" select it and click on the trash can icon.
If Solid Savings extension is greyed out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue having problems with the removal of Solid 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 Solid 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 this add-on: "Solid Savings".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Solid 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.
Solid Savings 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 Solid Savings Adware distribution:
To avoid installation of Solid Savings 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 Solid Savings Adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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