What is Harvest Savings?
Created by Engaging Apps, Harvest Savings is a rogue browser extension claiming to save users' time and money by enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and displaying discounts/special deals available on shopping websites.
This may seem legitimate functionality, however, be aware that Harvest Savings is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Harvest Savings employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Harvest Savings monitors users' Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive online advertisements.
This extension generates various online advertisements including banner, text-link, sponsored link, interstitial, pop-up, and targeted video ads.
There is a high probability that clicking these ads will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, Harvest Savings tracks users' Internet browsing activity by collecting diverse information, which may be personally identifiable such as IP addresses, URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, browser cookies, geographic location, and other similar details.
This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to eliminate Harvest Savings from your Internet browsers.
Harvest Savings is similar to other browser extensions (for example, PayLessWizard, Savings Season, and Cant Miss Coupons), which claim to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling certain functions. None of these add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Commonly, users install Harvest Savings via fake downloads (Java/browser updates, etc.) and free software 'download managers' used by freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com
Most current freeware download websites employ small download programs (download managers) to monetize their free services by offering installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware.
Installation of Harvest Savings or other similar adware can be prevented by closely observing each step of the free software download process and clicking 'Decline' when installation of additional programs is offered.
If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation with the chosen free software and allow you to remove them.
If you have already installed Harvest Savings and observe "Ads by Harvest Savings" advertisements, follow this removal guide to eliminate Harvest Savings adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Harvest Savings?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Harvest Savings application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Harvest Savings ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by Harvest Savings from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Harvest Savings adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Harvest Savings extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Harvest Savings adware 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 "Harvest Savings", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Harvest Savings ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Harvest 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 "Harvest Savings", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the harvest savings 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: "Harvest Savings", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the harvest savings 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 Harvest 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 "Harvest Savings".
Computer users who have problems with harvest savings 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 harvest savings 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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