Sharp Savings Virus

Also Known As: Sharp Savings deals
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Sharp Savings removal instructions

What is Sharp Savings?

Sharp Savings is a potentially unwanted browser plug-in developed by Engaging Apps (also known as Innovative Apps, Alluring Apps, or 215 Apps). This browser extension displays coupon and deal ads when Internet users visit online shopping websites such as Walmart, eBay, Amazon, etc. This browser add-on installs on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Whilst the idea of saving money when shopping online may seem legitimate, many computer users refer to Sharp Savings as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since this browser add-on is promoted using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Most Internet users install this browser add-on without their consent together with free software downloaded from the Internet.

sharp savings virus

Today, many popular free software download websites employ 'download clients', which offer installation of browser add-ons together with free software selected for download. Some download clients are deceptive and do not prominently display the 'decline' button, which otherwise enables you to opt-out of installation of potentially unwanted applications on your Internet browser/s. Sharp Savings is not technically a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. This browser extension causes diminished Internet browser performance and may lead to serious privacy issues. Therefore, you are advised to remove Sharp Savings from your computer.

Following successful installation, Sharp Savings adware generates various intrusive online advertisements including, for example, sponsored links, banner ads, "pop-unders", ads that pop up when a web page is loaded or are displayed between the contents of a web page, coupons, and video targeted ads. Clicking these ads may lead to serious malware infections. The best way to avoid installation of Sharp Savings and similar adware is to closely inspect each download and installation step of free software downloaded from the Internet. If the process of freeware downloading is managed by a download client, look for the 'decline' button - this will allow you to skip installation of any unwanted programs. Additionally, when installing free software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick'. This will allow you to opt-out of installation of any potentially unwanted browser add-ons. Sharp Savings is similar to other adware developed by Engaging Apps, including Savings Wave, Savings Scout , Barnyard Deals, amongst many others. To eliminate this browser extension from your Internet browser/s, use the removal instructions provided.

Deceptive free software installer used in Sharp Saving adware distribution:

sharp savings adware installer

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Quick menu:

Sharp Savings 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.

sharp savings adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for "Sharp Savings", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

Remove Sharp Savings from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logo Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing sharp savings from Internet Explorer step 1

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

Removing sharp savings from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sharp savings deals, 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 logo Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing sharp savings 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: "Sharp Savings", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing sharp savings from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sharp savings deals, 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

If you are unable to remove Sharp Savings add-on and it is greyed-out ("Installed by enterprise policy"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a Google Chrome extension that is "Installed by enterprise policy"?

Mozilla Firefox logo Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing sharp savings from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click 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 "Sharp Savings".

Removing sharp savings from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with sharp savings deals 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 sharp savings deals, 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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