Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is TrusteDealz?
Created by Bit Wise Publishing LLC, TrusteDealz is a browser add-on, which claims to save online shoppers time and money by displaying coupon ads. Internet users should be aware that TrusteDealz is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and therefore, you are advised not to install this browser plug-in.
This browser extension often installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
Developers of this add-on use a deceptive marketing method called 'bundling', and in most cases, installation of TrusteDealz is unwilling. This adware causes unwanted coupon ads, diminished Internet browser performance, and potentially serious privacy issues.
Furthermore, TrusteDealz tracks users' Internet browsing activity and may sell this information to third-parties. The best way to avoid installation of this adware is to pay close attention to the installation phase of any free software downloaded from the Internet.
Inspect each step of 'installers' or 'download clients', opting-out of installation of any additional browser toolbars or plug-ins. TrusteDealz is not technically a computer virus, however, it does cause various privacy and unwanted ad issues. Therefore, it is advisable that you eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Most current freeware download websites (such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, and many others) employ download clients to monetize their free services. These small programs offer installation of promoted browser extensions along with the chosen free software.
Thus, careless download and installation of freeware may result in adware or malware infections. To prevent installation of TrusteDealz, or other potentially unwanted applications, pay close attention during the download of free software and click the 'Decline' button if installation of any additional applications is offered.
When installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular' - this will reveal applications attempting stealth installation, and you will be able to opt out. This adware is similar to many other unwanted browser add-ons, which infiltrate Internet browsers through freeware downloads.
Examples include, Linkey, Topic Torch, and Vaudix. Users who have already installed the TrusteDealz plugin and observe "Ads by TrusteDealz" or "Ads by CouponDropDown" advertisements when browsing the Internet, should follow this removal guide to eliminate TrusteDealz adware from their Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installer used in TrusteDealz adware distribution:
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- What is TrusteDealz?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TrusteDealz application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TrusteDealz add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove TrusteDealz plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove TrusteDealz extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove TrusteDealz extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
TrusteDealz virus 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 "TrusteDealz", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, which causes TrusteDealz (or CouponDropDown) ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove TrusteDealz 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 "Trustedealz", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupondropdown ads, 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: "Trustedealz", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the coupondropdown ads, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Trustedealz".
Computer users who have problems with coupondropdown ads 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 coupondropdown ads, 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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