Ads by Steel Cut

Also Known As: SteelCut adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Steel Cut removal instructions

What is Steel Cut?

Steel Cut is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) created by SuperWeb LLC. This application claims to improve the Internet browsing experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and other similar features. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, Steel Cut is considered to be adware. The developers of Steel Cut employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs with the chosen software) to install this PUP on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission. Following successful infiltration, Steel Cut generates intrusive online ads such as banner, search, interstitial, transitional, and pop-up ads. These may lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.

Steel Cut adware

Furthermore, information such as IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, unique identifier numbers, etc. is tracked by Steel Cut. This information may be personally identifiable and result in serious privacy issues or identity theft. The developers of this PUP have released several hundred rogue applications identical to Steel Cut. Examples include Lite Web, Positive Finds, and Follow Rules among many others. None provide any real value to the user - this company intentionally releases identical browser add-ons under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus software. The purpose of these applications is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected data with third parties.

Today, most adware-type applications are distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and many others. These websites employ download clients to monetize their traffic and free services by offering installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') applications or browser plug-ins together with the chosen software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To prevent installation of Steel Cut, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and click 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered together with the chosen software. Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to uncheck them. If you have installed Steel Cut, and you observe 'Ads by Steel Cut', 'Steel Cut Deals', and 'Powered by Steel Cut' advertisements while surfing the Internet, follow the instructions below to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.

Deceptive free software installers used in Steel Cut adware distribution:

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Steel Cut adware generating intrusive online ads (marked as 'Ads by Steel Cut'):

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Quick menu:

Steel Cut 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.

steel cut adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Steel Cut ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Steel Cut adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logo Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Steel Cut 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 "Steel Cut", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Steel Cut ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the steelcut 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.

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 logo Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Steel Cut 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 "Extensions". Locate "Steel Cut", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Steel Cut ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the steelcut adware, 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 logo Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Steel Cut 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Steel Cut".

Removing Steel Cut ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with steelcut adware 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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:
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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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

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