Safe Saver Pop-up Ads

Also Known As: Safe Saver Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Safe Saver (SafeSaver) removal guide

The Safe Saver is a browser add-on that generates coupon and deals ads when Internet users visit online shopping websites such as eBay, Amazon, Walmart, etc. This plug-in is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox. Whilst savings on purchases made online might seem beneficial, many computer users refer to Safe Saver as adware, spyware, or a virus. These negative associations are made since this browser add-on is a potentially unwanted application, which is installed on users' computers without their consent. Safe Saver installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet.

Furthermore, after installation, Safe Saver generates unwanted and intrusive pop-up ads from third-party ad networks and can cause serious computer security and privacy issues. This browser extension is not a computer virus, however, it tracks users' browsing habits, generates unwanted ads, and installs without consent. If you observe ads by Safe Saver on your screen, your computer is infiltrated with a browser hijacker, and thus, it is recommended that you eliminate Safe Saver.

Safe Saver coupon ads

Safe Saver is similar to other potentially unwanted browser extensions such as Value Apps, WebCake, and many others. The best way to avoid installation of this adware, is to be attentive when downloading and installing any free software. Today, the majority of free software download websites (download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc.) use 'download clients' and 'installers' (small third-party programs offering installation of various browser add-ons together with the downloaded freeware). In most cases, promoted browser add-ons cause redirects or generate unwanted ads. Avoid installation of any promoted browser add-ons by choosing the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' free software installation options. If you have already installed Safe Saver, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your computer.

Safe Saver removal:

Safe Saver uninstall

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". Locate "Programs and Features".

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 "Safe Saver", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

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Remove Safe Saver from Internet browsers:

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

Remove Safe Saver from Internet Explorer:

Safe Saver removal from Internet Explorer

Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Safe Saver" and disable it.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Safe Saver, 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 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 on the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Remove Safe Saver from Google Chrome:

Safe Saver removal from Google Chrome

Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "Safe Saver", select it and click on the trash can icon.

If the Safe Saver 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 Safe Saver from Mozilla FireFox:

Safe Saver removal from Mozilla FireFox

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

Optional method:

If you have problems with the removal of Safe Saver, 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.

Summary:

Safe Saver Pop-up Ads 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 Safe Saver Pop-up Ads distribution:

Free software download clients used in adware distribution

To avoid installation of Safe Saver Pop-up Ads 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 Safe Saver Pop-up Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

Comments 

 
#5 admin 2013-08-29 23:31
Hi Lydia, have you checked for other extensions? Safe Saver could have been installed on your computer under a different name.
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#4 Lydia 2013-08-29 12:41
I cannot seem to remove the program as it does not show in the list of toolbars / extensions. I am still getting unwanted adverts on all the websites I go on. Any advice?
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#3 James 2013-08-08 14:11
Hello,

Who the hell is this Safe Saver and are they the same as Safe Search? Do you know how can I obtain an email address for these companies?

Do you know is there a Law to stop this kind of ad virus?
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#2 Jd 2013-07-24 06:01
Thanks! really helpful posting.
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#1 Scott G 2013-07-16 19:48
Despite removing the program. I am unable to disable the add on in explorer. The disable option is grey. Tried both the reset option and launching explored without add ons. Still no success.
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