Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is SaveLots?
SaveLots, a rogue browser extension, claims to save time and money by enabling features such as comparison shopping and coupons, and by displaying special deals/discounts available within online stores.
On initial inspection, this plug-in may seem legitimate and useful, however, SaveLots is considered to be adware, since this extension employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission.
Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute applications together with other software, and therefore, most of these infections are caused by reckless download of free software from freeware download websites. After successful infiltration, SaveLots generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
Information recorded by this browser add-on includes (but is not limited to) URLs visited, search queries, pages viewed, IP addresses (to determine users' geographic locations), and so on. Furthermore, SaveLots generates intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, coupon, etc.
This information tracking may cause serious privacy issues and the generated ads can lead to further high-risk adware or malware infections. SaveLots is similar to other adware-type applications distributed using the bundling method. Examples include Breaking News Alert, SaveNewaAppz, and PastaQuotes among many others.
Neither SaveLots, nor any of these other applications, provide any significant value to the user - they are developed merely to generate revenue by the display of ads and sharing collected data with third parties. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate SaveLots from your Internet browsers.
Rogue plug-ins such as SaveLots are mostly distributed via small download programs (called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', etc.) used by freeware download websites including softonic.com, download.com, and soft32.com.
Download programs are employed by these websites as free services and traffic monetization tools, since they offer installation of additional programs together with the chosen software. The advertised applications are said to be '100% legitimate and virus-free', however, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
To prevent this situation, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and click 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered.
Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be performed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical', 'Regular' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any additional applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
If you have installed SaveLots, and you observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, follow the guide below to eliminate this dubious browser extension from your system.
Intrusive online advertisements generated by SaveLots adware:
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- What is SaveLots?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SaveLots application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SaveLots adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SaveLots ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by SaveLots' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SaveLots ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SaveLots 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 "SaiveLouts", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes SaveLots ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove SaveLots 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 "SaveLots", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by savelots, 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 "SaveLots", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by savelots, 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 "SaveLots".
Computer users who have problems with ads by savelots 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 savelots, 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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