What is Atomic Savings?
Developed by Engaging Apps, Atomic Savings is a potentially unwanted browser extension claiming to save time and money by enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and displaying available discounts/special deals on shopping websites.
Although this functionality may seem legitimate, be aware that Atomic Savings is considered to be adware since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission.
After successful infiltration, Atomic Savings generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
This potentially unwanted application generates various intrusive online advertisements including search, pop-up, sponsored link, targeted video, and interstitial ads. There is a high probability that clicking these ads will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, Atomic Savings continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting diverse information, which may be personally identifiable.
For example: URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, geographic locations, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, and other similar details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to remove Atomic Savings from your Internet browsers.
Atomic Savings is similar to other browser extensions developed by this company (examples include, Deal Dropper, Trunk of Savings, DropIntoDeals, amongst many others). Neither Atomic Savings, nor any of these other browser plug-ins add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Most users inadvertently install adware such as Atomic Savings via fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.) and free software 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as softonic.com, download.com, and soft32.com.
Download clients are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser extensions together with the chosen software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware.
To prevent installation of Atomic Savings or other potentially unwanted applications, pay close attention when downloading free software and click 'Decline' when installation of any additional programs is offered.
If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular' - this will reveal any bundled applications and allow you to remove them from the installation list.
Internet users who have already installed Atomic Savings and observe "Ads by Atomic Savings" advertisements when browsing the Internet, should follow this guide to remove Atomic Savings adware from their Internet browsers.
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- What is Atomic Savings?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Atomic Savings application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Atomic Savings ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by Atomic Savings from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Atomic Savings adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Atomic Savings extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Atomic Savings 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 "Atomic Savings", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Atomic Savings ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Atomic Savings 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 "Atomic Savings", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by atomic savings, 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: "Atomic Savings", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by atomic savings, 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 Atomic Savings 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 "Atomic Savings".
Computer users who have problems with ads by atomic savings 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 atomic savings, 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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