What is Savings Season?
Developed by Engaging Apps, Savings Season is a potentially unwanted application, which claims to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience as follows: by displaying available discounts and shopping deals within shopping websites, enabling comparison shopping, and other useful functionality.
While this browser add-on may seem legitimate, be aware that it is considered as adware. Savings Season employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) without users' consent.
After successful infiltration, Savings Season monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various information, which may be personally identifiable.
For example: cookies, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other similar details. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft.
In addition, Savings Season generates various intrusive online advertisements including banner, in-text, sponsored link, interstitial, video targeted, and pop-up ads. There is a high probability that clicking these ads will cause high-risk adware or malware infections, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Savings Season from your Internet browsers.
At time of research, Savings Season was mostly distributed via free software 'download clients' (on freeware download websites) and fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.).
Most users inadvertently infect their computers with adware when downloading free software via small programs called download managers on freeware download websites (for example, soft32.com, softonic.com, and download.com) Be aware that most of these websites employ download managers to monetize their free services by offering installation of advertised browser extensions together with the chosen free software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely observing each step of the free software download process and clicking 'Decline' when installation of any additional applications is offered.
Internet users who are installing downloaded software should choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If you have already installed Savings Season and observe "Ads by Savings Season" advertisements, follow this removal guide to eliminate Savings Season adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Savings Season?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Savings Season application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Savings Season ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by Savings Season from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Savings Season adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Savings Season extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Savings Season 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 "Savings Season", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Savings Season ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Savings Season 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 "Savings Season", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the savings season 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: "Savings Season", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the savings season 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.
If you are unable to remove Savings Season 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"?
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 "Savings Season".
Computer users who have problems with savings season 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 savings season 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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