What is iDeals?
The iDeals rogue browser extension claims to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying special deals/discounts available within online stores.
While this functionality may seem useful and legitimate, be aware that iDeals is considered to be adware or a potentially unwanted application since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen free software) to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration, iDeals generates intrusive online advertisements and monitors users' Internet browsing activity.
These intrusive online advertisements include banner, pop-up, interstitial, search, and text-link ads.
There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, this potentially unwanted application continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information such as IP addresses, operating systems, browser types, search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, geo-locations, language settings, and other similar details.
This information tracking may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to uninstall iDeals from your Internet browsers.
There are many rogue browser add-ons similar to the iDeals extension, for example, Sm23mS, Savings Champion, Fraven, amongst many others. Neither iDeals nor any of these other browser plug-ins add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Most users infect their computers with adware such as iDeals during download of free software via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites including download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com
Download clients are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted 'virus-free' browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often leads to adware or malware infections.
This situation can be prevented by closely observing each step of the freeware download process and never accepting installation of any additional applications offered. If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications and allow you to opt out of them from the installation list.
If you have already installed iDeals and observe intrusive online advertisements when surfing the Internet, read the following removal guide to uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in iDeals Shopping Optimizer adware distribution (some installers disclose it as 'Faster Web Internet Accelerator'):
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- What is iDeals?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove iDeals ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove iDeals advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by iDeals from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove iDeals ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
iDeals 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 "iDeals", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes iDeals ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove iDeals adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, iDeals did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ideals shopping optimizer, 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: all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ideals shopping optimizer, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ideals shopping optimizer 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 ideals shopping optimizer, 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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