Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is takesave?
The rogue browser plug-in, takesave, claims to save time and money by displaying special deals/discounts available within online stores and by enabling coupons and comparison shopping. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that takesave is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by takesave to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox).
Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute applications together with other software, and therefore, most users install takesave during download of free software from freeware download websites. Following successful infiltration, takesave generates intrusive online ads and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
Advertisements generated by takesave include (but are not limited to) coupon, comparison shopping, pop-up, and banner ads. These advertisements simply redirect users to the Advertising Support website, however, there is a chance that they may lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
Additionally, takesave collects various software and hardware information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine users' geo-locations), search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, and other data that may be personally identifiable.
This information tracking may lead to serious privacy issues. For these reasons, you are advised to uninstall takesave from your system.
Takesave is similar to other applications that use bundling as an installation method. Examples include BrowserServices, UniSales, PriceLess, and DragonCoupon among many others.
Rather than providing users with the promised features, these applications deliver intrusive online ads and track users' Internet browsing activity with the intention of generating revenue.
Today, most popular freeware download websites including download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com, employ small programs called 'download managers' to monetize their free services and traffic by offering installation of additional applications or browser extensions together with the chosen free software.
Although the developers state that these promoted applications are '100% virus-free', reckeless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware installation. This situation can be avoided by closely inspecting each step of the free software download procedure and declining all offers to install additional programs.
In addition, when 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 takesave, and you observe intrusive online advertisements, read the following removal guide to uninstall this adware.
Intrusive online advertisements generated by takesave adware:
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- What is takesave?
- STEP 1. Uninstall takesave application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove takesave adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove takesave ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by takesave' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove takesave extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Takesave 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 "takiesave" (and other recently-installed, suspicious applications), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes takesave ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove takesave 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 "takesave", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by takesave, 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 "Extensions". Locate: "takiesave", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by takesave, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "takesave".
Computer users who have problems with ads by takesave 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 takesave, 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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