Solid Savings Adware

Also Known As: Solid Savings Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Solid Savings - how to remove?

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 adware

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.

Solid Savings removal:

Solid Savings uninstall

Windows 7 users:

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "Solid Savings" (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 "Solid Savings" (215 Apps), select this entry and click Remove.

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

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Remove Solid Savings from browsers:

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

Remove Solid Savings from Internet Explorer:

Solid Savings removal from Internet Explorer

Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Innovative Apps related entries ("Solid Savings") and disable it.

Optional method:

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 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 Solid Savings from Google Chrome:

Solid Savings removal from Google Chrome

Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), 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?

Remove Solid Savings from Mozilla FireFox:

Solid Savings removal from Mozilla FireFox

Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Solid Savings".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Solid Savings, 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.

Summary:

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:

Free software download clients used in 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:

Using decline button to avoid installation of adware

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:

Using custom installation when downloading free software
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Solid Savings Adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

Comments 

 
#2 admin 2013-04-28 07:17
Hi Peggy Teney, try looking for other unwanted browser extensions (Solid Savings could hide under the names of other browser add-ons). Alternatively you can try scanning your computer with AdwCleaner - download link: http://general-changelog-team.fr/downloads/viewdownload/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner
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#1 Peggy Teney 2013-04-27 11:05
I am so frustrated with trying to get rid of Solid Savings. I took it to a repair shop and I still have it on Facebook. I have followed the instructions for opting out and that does not work. My husband and I have tried instructions (above site) with no success.
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