Savings Plugin Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Savings Plugin
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Savings Plugin removal instructions

What is Savings Plugin?

Created by Engaging Apps, Savings Plugin is a rogue browser extension compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. The developers of this potentially unwanted application employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to stealthily install on Internet browsers without users' permission. For this reason, most users infect their computers with Savings Plugin when downloading free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites (for example, download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com). Savings Plugin claims to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying discounts/special deals available within online stores, and although this functionality may look useful and legitimate, be aware that Savings Plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware. Following successful infiltration on Internet browsers, Savings Plugin tracks users' Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive online advertisements.

Savings Plugin adware

These intrusive advertisements include banner, coupon, interstitial, sponsored link, pop-up ads, and offers to download other PUPs also considered to be adware. Clicking advertisements generated by this rogue browser add-on is likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, Savings Plugin continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various information that may be personally identifiable. For example: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, geographic locations, operating systems and browser types, default search engines, search terms entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, and other details. There are many potentially unwanted programs similar to Savings Plugin including Coupon-Locker, SavingsShip, and StartSavin. Neither Savings Plugin, nor any of these other browser add-ons, provide any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements. The behavior of these browser extensions may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall Savings Plugin from your Internet browsers.

Another adware using Savings Plugin name:

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At time of research, Savings Plugin was distributed via fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.) as well as other potentially unwanted programs such as BlockAndSurf, Shieldren, and BlockIt. Despite this, most users infect their computers during download of free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites. Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of advertised (according to Engaging Apps, '100% virus-free') browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware. Installation of adware such as Savings Plugin can be prevented by paying close attention when downloading free software and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. If you have installed downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow them to be declined. If you have already installed Savings Plugin, and observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, read the following removal guide and eliminate it from your Internet browsers.

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Quick menu:

Savings Plugin adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Savings Plugin adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Savings Plugin", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Savings Plugin ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Savings Plugin adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Savings Plugin ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Savings Plugin", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Savings Plugin ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.

Removing Savings Plugin ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by savings plugin, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Savings Plugin ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Savings Plugin", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Savings Plugin ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.

Removing Savings Plugin ads from Google Chrome step 2

If you are unable to remove Savings Plugin (or any other add-on) 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"?

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by savings plugin, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Savings Plugin ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Savings Plugin". Note that Savings Plugin ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.

Removing Savings Plugin ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by savings plugin removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by savings plugin, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by savings plugin from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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curvymuscle

finally got rid of this stupid adware.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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