What is Awesome Shopper?
Developed by a company of the same name, Awesome Shoppers is a deceptive browser extension claiming to save time and money by displaying various coupons, special deals/discounts available within online stores, and enabling other similar features
- "Awesome Shoppers helps you get live price comparison with the products you are viewing online. We cover hundreds of millions of products from dozens of online merchants. simply go to your favorite online store, search for your desired product and Awesome Shoppers will locate a better deal for you."
Some users believe that this app is legitimate and useful, and yet, Awesome Shopper is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After successfully infiltrating Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Awesome Shopper displays intrusive online advertisements, tracks Internet browsing activity, and collects various user/system information.
Awesome Shopper displays a number of intrusive online advertisement types including coupon, banner, pop-up, and comparison shopping ads. These advertisements are displayed using a virtual layer allowing placement of third party graphical content on visited websites.
The virtual layer overlays visited sites, and therefore the generated ads conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, some ads may lead to rogue sites, and thus, clicking them can result in further computer infections.
Be aware that Awesome Shopper gathers various Internet browsing-related information including IP addresses, search queries, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other types of collected data. These items may seem insignificant, however, the information might contain personally identifiable details.
The developers of Awesome Shopper later share the collected data with third parties, and therefore, the presence of this PUP on your system could lead to privacy issues. You are strongly advised to uninstall Awesome Shopper from your system immediately.
The Company may use third party service or software providers, in order to help it operate its business and/or Software, or to administer activities on its behalf. For this purpose the Company may share information it accepts or collects from Users.
There are many potentially unwanted applications virtually identical to Awesome Shopper including CutThePrice, TidyNetwork, BitSaver, BestSaveForYou - these are just some examples of applications also claiming to save time and money.
Adware-type applications such as Awesome Shopper are developed to deliver advertisements and collect personally identifiable information. Their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers - they provide no real value for users.
How did Awesome Shopper install on my computer?
As with most adware-type apps, Awesome Shopper is distributed as a 'bundle' with regular (mostly free) programs.
Recent research shows that many users do not express enough caution during the download and installation processes - they rush them and skip most/all of the steps including the 'Custom/Advanced' settings section where developers usually hide rogue applications including Awesome Shopper.
By skipping important steps, users expose their systems to risk of infection and often go on to inadvertently install potentially unwanted programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Closely observe each step of the software download/installation processes. Analyze both of these processes and ensure that there are no additional applications included. Furthermore, all software should be downloaded and installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings - this will reveal any bogus applications hidden within this section and allow you to cancel them.
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- What is Awesome Shopper?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Awesome Shopper application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Awesome Shopper adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Awesome Shopper ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Awesome Shopper' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Awesome Shopper ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Awesome Shopper 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 "Awesome Shopper", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Awesome Shopper ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Awesome Shopper adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Awesome Shopper did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the awesome shopper ads, 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 on "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the awesome shopper ads, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with awesome shopper ads 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 awesome shopper ads, 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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