What is Deals Avenue?
The Deals Avenue extension claims to enable various features, thereby tricking users into believing that it is a legitimate and useful browser plug-in. Deals Avenue, however, is adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Users often inadvertently install this application, since the developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', which allows them to distribute Deals Avenue adware with regular software.
These applications are often distributed with free applications on freeware download websites, and since some users rush installation without paying close enough attention, they expose their systems to risk of infection. Following successful installation, Deals Avenue displays intrusive online advertisements on most websites visited.
The developers employ a virtual layer, allowing them to place graphical content (for example, banner, pop-up, interstitial, transitional, search, coupon, and other ads) on any website. Some ads randomly open new browser tabs or windows, and therefore, users may accidentally click these.
These ads may redirect users to commercial websites (online stores, services, etc.), however, they may also redirect to infectious websites, thereby leading to high-risk computer infections.
Many adware-type apps collect Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic location, websites visited, cookies, search queries, pages viewed, browser cache, saved passwords, and even keyboard/mouse inputs. Clearly, this kind of information might be personally identifiable.
Note that the collected information is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals who use it to generate revenue). This situation can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you should uninstall Deals Avenue from your system immediately.
Deals Avenue is developed by SuperWeb LLC who have released several hundred adware apps identical to this PUP. Common Dots, Jungle Net, Filter Results, and Application Nation are just some examples from a long list. Although they claim to enable useful features, they provide no real value for the user.
Rogue applications often appear legitimate to trick users into installation, however, rather than providing any significant functionality, they display intrusive ads and share collected data with third parties to generate revenue.
Applications such as Deals Avenue are usually distributed using small programs called 'download' clients on freeware download websites including download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com. These sites enforce the use of download clients, which supposedly 'speed up and ease' the download process.
Their purpose, however, is to include third party applications with the chosen software. Promoted apps are presented as '100% legitimate', and yet, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infection. Never accept offers to install unrecognised third party apps.
If you have installed Deals Avenue, the following instructions will guide you through removal of this adware.
How did Deals Avenue install on my computer?
Deals Avenue adware is distributed using the bundling method - stealth installation of third party applications (mostly rogue) together with regular software.
Most users do not express enough caution when downloading/installing free software, and therefore, this method is extremely effective. Additional programs are usually concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, since download managers and installer set-ups are not concerned with proper discloser of installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Pay close attention during the download and installation of any software. Download the desired software from the official website. If the website is not available, and you are forced to download the application from a freeware download website, use the direct download link, rather than the download manager.
Some of these sites provide no other choice other than to use the download app. In this case, closely analyse each step of the download process and opt-out of any third party software.
Similarly, with the installer set-up, never skip any steps and select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any third party applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. These two procedures should be never rushed.
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- What is Deals Avenue?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Deals Avenue application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Deals Avenue adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Deals Avenue ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Deals Avenue' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Deals Avenue ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Deals Avenue 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 "Deals Avenue", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Deals Avenue ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Deals Avenue 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 "Deals Avenue", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the deals avenue 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 "Extensions". Locate "Deals Avenue", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the deals avenue 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 plug-ins 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 "Deals Avenue".
Computer users who have problems with deals avenue 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 deals avenue 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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