Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is PopDeals?
PopDeals is presented as a legitimate browser extension that helps to save time and money when shopping online - "Popdeals is a dynamic online tool that automatically offers you relevant deals according to your searches in real time. It was developed to serve those who are always looking for the best deals online, bringing a better online shopping experience."
These fake promises often trick users into believing that PopDeals is a legitimate and useful application, however, be aware that this app is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The rogue behavior of this application includes stealth installation, display of intrusive advertisements, and tracking of Internet browsing activity.
PopDeals is developed to display pop-up, banner, coupon, and other similar advertisements. This app employs a virtual layer, which enables placement of third party graphical content on visited websites. The displayed ads do not originate from the visited website and conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
In addition, some may ads redirect to dubious sites containing infectious content, and therefore, there is a high probability that clicking them will lead to further adware or malware infections. As with other adware-type applications, PopDeals monitors and gathers various Internet browsing-related information.
Although the developers state that the collected information (Internet Protocol [IP] addresses, browser type or version, operating system, website URLs visited, pages viewed, etc.) is not personally identifiable, it might contain personally identifiable details (such as PayPal or bank account logins/passwords).
The developers of this PUP later share this gathered data with third parties, and therefore, having PopDeals installed can lead to serious privacy issues. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate PopDeals immediately.
We collect other information when you visit the Site and/or install one or more of the Application components, including your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type or version, operating system type or version or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our Site, pages of our Site that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Site and by using the Application, access times and dates, usage statistics for your use of the Application and other statistics (Non-Identifying Information).
PopDeals is virtually identical to ComparingGenie, AllDaySale, FirstOffer, and hundreds of other applications offering identical features.
Although these applications claim to help users, they simply display intrusive online advertisements and collect data. Promises to provide useful functionality are merely attempts to trick users to install - the purpose of these applications is to generate revenue for the developers. They provide no real value for users.
How did PopDeals install on my computer?
The developers distribute PopDeals using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs with regular software/apps). This method is effective, since many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software - they do not express caution when downloading and installing software.
Potentially unwanted programs are often concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, and by rushing the download and installation processes, users often inadvertently install PopDeals or other similar apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Rogue applications such as PopDeals are commonly hidden, and therefore, it is important to express caution when downloading and installing applications. Closely analyze each step, declining all offers to install additional programs. Furthermore, perform these procedures using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
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- What is PopDeals?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PopDeals application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PopDeals adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PopDeals ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by PopDeals' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PopDeals ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PopDeals 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 "PopDeals", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes PopDeals ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PopDeals adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, PopDeals 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 popdeals 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 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 popdeals 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with popdeals 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 popdeals 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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