What is Special Savings?
The SpecialSavings.com website offers users various coupons and deals, helping to save money whilst shopping online. The website appears legitimate and not related to malware infections. Recently, however, users report that they are seeing unwanted Special Savings coupon ads when visiting various websites including Walmart, Verizon, Best Buy, Sears, etc.
These unwanted coupon and deal ads are caused by a browser extension called Special Savings, which is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox. This browser plug-in can be downloaded from the Special Savings website, however, many users report that this add-on was installed on their computers without their consent.
Unwanted installations such as these are caused by a marketing technique called bundling. Commonly, computer users inadvertently install the Special Savings plug-in together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
Note that many popular download websites use installers, offering installation of additional promoted software or browser add-ons along with the freeware.
To avoid installing adware such as Special Savings, always install freeware choosing the 'Custom Install' option, opting-out of any additional software installation, and disallowing any suggested changes to your Internet browser settings.
The Special Savings browser add-on is a potentially unwanted program, which often installs on users' Internet browsers together with freeware downloaded from the Internet. Its behavior is similar to other adware such as Savings Vault, Supreme Savings, and many others.
If you feel that Special Savings was installed on your computer without your consent, and you prefer to shop online without annoying coupon ads, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this unwanted browser extension from your computer.
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- What is Special Savings?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Special Savings ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Special Savings advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Special Savings from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Special Savings extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Special Savings ads removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Special Savings", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Special Savings ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Special Savings ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Special Savings", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Special Savings ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the special savings virus, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Special Savings", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Special Savings ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the special savings virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Special Savings". Note that Special Savings ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with special savings virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the special savings virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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