Deal Spy Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Deal Spy - how to remove this adware?
Deal Spy is an unwanted browser add-on (a plug-in), which, when installed, displays coupon and deal ads on online shopping websites. This browser add-on is developed by 215 Apps (Innovative Apps) and known to cause unwanted ads, diminished browser performance, and privacy issues. Moreover, many computer users report that Deal Spy was installed on their computers without their consent, a situation that may occur due to this potentially unwanted program (PUP) being distributed using a deceptive marketing method called 'bundling'.
In most cases Deal Spy installs on users' computers together with freeware downloaded from the Internet. Installation of this adware is a direct consequence of reckless free software installation. To avoid such incidents, always pay close attention to free software installation steps, disallowing options for any additional software installation. This browser add-on is not technically considered a virus, however, it is categorized as adware. If you see unwanted coupon ads by Deal Spy when visiting eBay.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, etc., then remove this unwanted plug-in from your Internet browser extensions list.
Deal Spy adware is often installed unwillingly and may cause privacy-related issues. This adware is similar to other browser add-ons developed by 215 (Innovative) Apps including Deal Vault, Discount Buddy, Savings Explorer, and many others. If you feel that this browser add-on was installed on your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla FireFox) without your consent, and are annoyed by unwanted coupon ads, use the removal guide provided to eliminate Deal Spy.
Deal Spy removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "Deal Spy (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 "Deal Spy" (215 Apps), select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling Deal Spy, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Deal Spy from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Deal Spy from Internet Explorer:
Click the "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Innovative Apps related entries ("Deal Spy") and disable them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Deal Spy, 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 Deal Spy from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Deal Spy" select it and click on the trash can icon.
If the Deal Spy 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 Deal Spy from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Deal Spy".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Deal Spy, 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.
Deal Spy 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 Deal Spy Adware distribution:
To avoid installation of Deal Spy 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 Deal Spy Adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.