What is Surf To Save?
Surf To Save is a rogue browser extension claiming to save time and money by displaying coupons and special deals/discounts available on shopping websites. On initial inspection, this browser plug-in may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that it is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Surf To Save employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers without users' permission. Bundling allows developers to stealthily distribute applications together with other software, and therefore, most users unwillingly install Surf To Save during download of free software from freeware download websites.
Most adware is distributed via small download programs (called 'download managers', 'download clients', 'installers') employed by these websites. Download programs are used to monetize the free services and traffic provided by websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc.
This is achieved by offering installation of additional '100% legitimate' browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Most of these installations, however, result in adware or malware infections including Surf To Save.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Surf To Save delivers various intrusive online advertisements including pop-up and other display ads, as well as diminishing Internet browser performance.
Furthermore, this PUP continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity, which can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Although Surf To Save is not technically a virus or malware, you are strongly advised to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
There many potentially unwanted applications similar to Surf To Save including TinyWallet, SuperMegaBest, and Couponarific. Neither Surf To Save, nor any of these other rogue plug-ins, provide any real value for the user. Their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements and by sharing collected information with third parties.
If you wish to avoid installation of Surf To Save, and other similar adware, pay close attention during the download of free software and never accept installation of any additional programs offered.
In addition, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
If your computer is infected with Surf To Save, read the removal instructions provided below and eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Surf To Save?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Surf To Save application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Surf To Save ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Surf To Save advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Surf To Save from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Surf To Save extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Surf To Save 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 "Surf To Save", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Surf To Save ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Surf To Save 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 "Surf To Save", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Surf To Save 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 surf to save adware, 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: "Surf To Save", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Surf To Save 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 surf to save adware, 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 "Surf To Save". Note that Surf To Save 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 surf to save adware 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 surf to save adware, 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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