Savings Avenger Virus

Also Known As: Ads by Savings Avenger
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Savings Avenger virus removal instructions

What is Savings Avenger?

Created by Engaging Apps, Savings Avenger is a potentially unwanted application, which installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) when users download or install free software. Developers of this adware use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', thus, many Internet users install the Savings Avenger plugin inadvertently without their consent. After successful infiltration, this add-on generates intrusive online advertisements: sponsored links, banner, interstitial, coupons, video, and in-text ads. Clicking on these third party ads can lead to high-risk malware infections. Furthermore, this plugin tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording URLs of websites visited, search terms entered into search engines, IP addresses, and other information, which can be personally identifiable. Internet browser tracking such as this can result in serious privacy issues or identity theft.

Savings Avenger virus

While this browser plugin promises to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by saving time and money when shopping online, in fact, it is a potentially unwanted program, which generates intrusive ads and diminishes browser performance. The presence of Savings Avenger on your system can cause serious privacy issues and lead to malware infections. Therefore, you are advised to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s. At time of research, Savings Avenger was distributed using deceptive freeware 'download clients' within various free software download websites.

The Savings Avenger plugin is similar to other adware, which infiltrates browsers via freeware downloads and causes unwanted ads. Examples include BaseFlash, Coupon Clipster, and SmartSaver. Today, most freeware download websites employ deceptive download clients offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free program, thus, reckless freeware downloading can result in adware infections. When downloading free software, decline installation of any advertised browser plug-ins. Computer users who observe Savings Avenger ads when surfing the Internet, should use this removal guide to eliminate potentially unwanted applications from their Internet browsers.

Intrusive coupon ads generated by Savings Avenger:

savings avenger generating intrusive coupon ads

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Quick menu:

Savings Avenger virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Savings Avenger uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Savings Avenger", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which cause Savings Avenger ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Savings Avenger ads from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing savings avenger ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Savings Avenger BHO", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing savings avenger ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by savings avenger, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing savings avenger ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Savings Avenger", select it and click the trash can icon.

Removing savings avenger ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by savings avenger, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing savings avenger from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Savings Avenger".

Removing savings avenger from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by savings avenger removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by savings avenger, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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