What is Search Deals?
Search Deals is a browser add-on created by CloudCanvas Inc. When installed, this plugin displays coupon ads when users search the Internet using Google. Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, the Search Deals add-on is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP), since it installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
Moreover, it displays various unwanted ads and tracks users' Internet browsing habits. Many users report that they observe 'Search Deals Ads' when searching the Internet, even though they did not willingly install any browser add-ons.
Unwilling or inadvertent installation of Search Deals can be caused by various freeware 'installers' and 'download clients', which are employed by many developers of free software and free software download websites.
In most cases, Search Deals is installed on users' Internet browsers without their consent, since they fail to pay attention to the installation steps of free software, and thus inadvertently install unwanted browser plug-ins together with freeware.
When downloading and installing freeware, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation option - this will allow you to opt-out of installation of promoted (in most cases potentially unwanted) apps. Search Deals is not a computer virus, however, it is a potentially unwanted application and should be removed from your computer.
The aforementioned applications add no real value, cause unwanted ads (display ads, search engine ads, in-text ads, and pop-up ads), and furthermore, these extensions track users' Internet surfing habits to record information such as browser and other software information, webpage URLs visited, search queries entered, etc.
It is, therefore, highly recommended that you eliminate the Search Deals add-on from your Internet browser/s.
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- What is Search Deals?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Search Deals application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Search Deals adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Search Deals ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Search Deals' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Search Deals extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Search Deals adware 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 "Search Deals", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Search Deals ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Search Deals adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Search Deals did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search deals 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: all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search deals 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with search deals 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 search deals 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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