What is GetTheDiscount?
GetTheDiscount is a rogue application claiming to save time and money by enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and displaying special discounts/deals available within online stores. While this browser add-on may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that GetTheDiscount is considered to be adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by GetTheDiscount to install on Internet browsers without users' permission. Bundling is a way for developers to stealthily distribute their applications together with other software.
Therefore, most users infect their computers with GetTheDiscount when downloading free software from freeware download websites.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, GetTheDiscount delivers various intrusive online advertisements including unrelated coupons.
In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since this potentially unwanted program collects various software and hardware information such as website URLs visited and activity on pages viewed (for example, search terms, clicks, impressions, etc.)
The information gathered is likely to be personally identifiable and there is a high probability that it will be shared or used by third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Today, most popular freeware download websites including softonic.com, soft32.com, and download.com use small download programs (called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', etc.) to monetize their free services and traffic by offering installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser extensions together with the chosen software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by paying close attention when downloading free software and never accepting installation of any additional applications offered.
In addition, if you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
If you have installed GetTheDiscount, and you experience intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, read the removal instructions provided and eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Intrusive online advertisements generated by GetTheDiscount adware ('Ad by GetTheDiscount'):
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- What is GetTheDiscount?
- STEP 1. Uninstall GetTheDiscount application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove GetTheDiscount ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove GetTheDiscount advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by GetTheDiscount from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove GetTheDiscount extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
GetTheDiscount 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 "GetTheDiscount", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes GetTheDiscount ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove GetTheDiscount 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 "GetTheDiscount", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the getthediscount 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: "GetTheDiscount", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the getthediscount 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 "GetTheDiscount".
Computer users who have problems with getthediscount 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 getthediscount 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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