Befrugal Ads

Also Known As: Befrugal adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

BeFrugal removal instructions

What is BeFrugal?

BeFrugal applications claim to save time and money by enabling the 'Cash Back' function and displaying various coupons and special deals/discounts available on shopping websites. This browser add-on is distributed using a software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third-party apps together with the chosen software. For this reason, BeFrugal is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Once installed on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox without users' permission, BeFrugal generates unwanted online advertisements including banners, coupons, etc. Users commonly install this plug-in together with the free software downloadable on freeware download websites.

BeFrugal adware

Popular freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, and many others, employ small 'download programs' (also called 'download managers', 'download clients', 'installers', etc.) to monetize their traffic and free services by offering installation of additional programs together with free software. Although these apps are described as legitimate, they are mostly adware or malware infections. Promoted applications usually generate intrusive online advertisements that lead to bogus websites and track various user information and share it with third-parties. This behavior may cause further computer infections or serious privacy issues. BeFrugal is not technically a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as a PUP, and therefore, you are advised to uninstall it from your system.

There are many applications with similar or identical behavior to BeFrugal. For example: SpeedCheckApp, Blue Bulletin, and Shop Easy. None of these apps provide any real value for the user - they are developed to generate revenue by the display of ads and sharing collected data with third parties. To prevent installation of third-party programs, closely analyse each step of the free software download procedure and ensure that no other applications are included. Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be performed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options - this will reveal any concealed applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed BeFrugal, read the following removal guide and uninstall this PUP from your system.

BeFrugal installer set-up:

BeFrugal adware installer

Online advertisements generated by BeFrugal adware:

Ads by BeFrugal

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Quick menu:

BeFrugal PUP 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.

BeFrugal adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Cash Back Assistant", "BeFrugal.com Shopping toolbar", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

Remove BeFrugal adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing BeFrugal 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 "BeFrugal.com Shopping toolbar", "BeFrugallEHelper", select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing BeFrugal ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the befrugal 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 logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing BeFrugal  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 "BeFrugal", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing BeFrugal ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the befrugal 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 logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing BeFrugal 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 "BeFrugal Coupons Add-on".

Removing BeFrugal ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with befrugal 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the befrugal adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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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nice post, helped me out a lot!

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