Cartwheel Shopping removal instructions
What is Cartwheel Shopping?
Cartwheel is a rogue browser plug-in claiming to save time and money by displaying special deals, discounts, and coupons available within online shopping stores as well as providing an opportunity for users to enter the Cartwheel lottery free of charge. This browser extension is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. The developers of this rogue browser add-on employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install Cartwheel on Internet browsers without users' permission. Bundling allows developers to stealthily distribute their applications together with other software. For this reason, users commonly infect their computers with Cartwheel when downloading free software from freeware download websites. Although the functionality offered may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Cartwheel is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that generates intrusive online advertisements immediately following successful infiltration.
Cartwheel generates various intrusive online advertisements such as banner, in-text, and many others. These are likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections, and furthermore, this potentially unwanted program continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information including IP addresses (to determine users' locations), search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, names (required to enter the 'contest'), addresses, and other similar details that can be personally identifiable. It is highly probably that such information tracking may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Cartwheel from your Internet browsers.
There are many potentially unwanted programs similar to Cartwheel (for example, Easy Deals, SelectNGo, Rewin Cinema, etc.) None of these add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements. Research shows that most popular freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com employ small programs called 'download managers' to monetize their traffic and services. Download managers offer installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') applications together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often leads to adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely studying each step of the free software download procedure and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. Furthermore, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any applications hidden within the setup and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed Cartwheel, read the following removal guide to uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installer used in Cartwheel Shopping adware distribution:
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- What is Cartwheel Shopping?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Cartwheel Shopping application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Cartwheel Shopping ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Cartwheel Shopping advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Cartwheel Shopping' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Cartwheel Shopping extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Cartwheel Shopping adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Cartwheel Shopping", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Cartwheel Shopping ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Cartwheel Shopping adware 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 "Cartwheel Shopping", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Cartwheel Shopping ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cartwheel shopping, 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: "Cartwheel Shopping", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Cartwheel Shopping ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cartwheel shopping, 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 "Cartwheel Shopping". Note that Cartwheel Shopping ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with ads by cartwheel shopping 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 cartwheel shopping, 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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