FabulousDiscounts virus removal instructions
What is FabulousDiscounts?
Developed by EXACT TARGET SOLUTIONS, S.L., the FabulousDiscounts rogue browser extension claims to help find the best deals, offers, and discounts available online. On initial inspection, this may appear a legitimate plug-in, however, be aware that FabulousDiscounts is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware. FabulousDiscounts adware employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on computers, and therefore, most users install it inadvertently without their consent. Following successful infiltration, this rogue browser add-on tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information including, for example, cookies, IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, Internet browser types, and other similar details. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft.
Furthermore, FabulousDiscounts generates various intrusive online advertisements (such as text-link and banner ads), which can cause adware or high-risk malware infections. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to remove the FabulousDiscounts add-on from your Internet browsers. At time of testing, this potentially unwanted application was distributed within freeware download websites via small programs called 'download clients'. Download clients are used by these sites to monetize their free services since they offer installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser extensions together with the chosen software. Thus, careless download or installation of free software often results in installation of FabulousDiscounts, or other similar adware, such as OffersWizard, SaveBox, and PriceGong.
Although these rogue browser extensions claim to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling various useful features, in fact, they are useless to the user, since they diminish browser performance and may lead to serious computer infections. Their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements. To prevent installation of FabulousDiscounts, or other potentially unwanted applications, closely study each step during the download of freeware and click the 'Decline' button when installation of additional applications is offered. If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any hidden applications, and you will be able to exclude them from the installation list. Users who observe ads generated by FabulousDiscounts, should follow this removal guide to eliminate this plug-in from their Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installer used in Fabulous Discounts adware distribution:
FabulousDiscounts adware generating intrusive online pop-up ads ('You received a premium offer from FabulousDiscounts'):
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- What is FabulousDiscounts?
- STEP 1. Uninstall FabulousDiscounts application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove FabulousDiscounts ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by FabulousDiscounts from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove FabulousDiscounts adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove FabulousDiscounts extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
FabulousDiscounts adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Fabulous discounts", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes the Fabulous discounts virus), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove FabulousDiscounts 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 "FabulousDiscounts", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fabulousdiscounts, 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: "FabulousDiscounts", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fabulousdiscounts, 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 "FabulousDiscounts".
Computer users who have problems with ads by fabulousdiscounts 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 ads by fabulousdiscounts, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by fabulousdiscounts from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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