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Ads by Deal Maverick

Also Known As: Deal Maverick adware
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is Deal Maverick?

Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Deal Maverick is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to improve the Internet browsing experience by displaying coupons, enabling comparison shopping, and other similar features

"We're passionate about improving web by providing the best tools to enhance the browsing experience, from searching the web to comparing online deals to find the best prices. We've combined all of our great ideas into the Deal Maverick product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!"

This functionality might seem legitimate and useful, however, Deal Maverick is categorized as adware and a PUP. After stealthily infiltrating Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, this rogue program generates intrusive online ads and monitors users' Internet browsing activity.

Deal Maverick adware

The types of advertisements generated by Deal Maverick include search, pop-up, banner, interstitial, transitional, full-page, and coupon ads. None originate from the visited websites, conceal underlying content, and diminish the Internet browsing experience.

Most of these advertisements redirect to websites offering certain services or sell merchandise, however, they might also redirect to bogus sites - thus, clicking them can lead to further high-risk computer infections.

Users' Internet browsing activity is continually tracked, since Deal Maverick gathers various user/system information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic locations), unique identifier numbers, website URLs visited, search queries entered into search engines (Bing, Yahoo, Google, etc.), and pages viewed.

These details might seem insignificant, however, they will contain personally identifiable details that are later shared with third parties and can be misused to generate revenue. Thus, having Deal Maverick installed on your system can lead to various privacy issues or even identity theft. If you are worried about your privacy and Internet browsing safety, uninstall Deal Maverick immediately.

Deal Maverick Privacy Policy statement regarding data collection:

We only share or sell your non-public personal information with non-affiliated third parties when we believe doing so is permitted by you or authorized by this Privacy Policy. In addition, the Company may share your personal information with our parent, subsidiary or affiliate companies without restriction.

As well as Deal Maverick, SuperWeb LLC has released over one hundred identical PUPs including Treasure Track, Catered to You, and Results Hub - these are just some examples from a long list.

Note that all of these applications offer identical features, however, after infiltrating the system, they merely track users' Internet browsing activity and generate intrusive online advertisements. These apps are designed solely to generate revenue for SuperWeb LLC and provide no value for users.

How did Deal Maverick install on my computer?

Deal Maverick infiltrates systems using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional applications together with the the chosen software/apps.

Research shows that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software, and thus, often inadvertently install PUPs such as Deal Maverick. By rushing these processes, and skipping the 'Custom/Advanced' settings, users expose their systems to risk of infection.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze all step and decline offers to download or install additional programs. Furthermore, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any concealed rogue applications listed for installation and enable you to decline them.

Deceptive free software installer used in Deal Maveric adware distribution:

deal maveric adware installer

Deal Maveric adware generating intrusive online ads (marked as 'Ads by Deal Maveric'):

deal maveric adware generating intrusive online ads

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Quick menu:

Deal Maverick adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.

deal maveric adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Deal Maverick", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

Remove Deal Maverick adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Deal Maverick 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 "Deal Maverick", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Deal Maverick ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the deal maverick 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 Deal Maverick  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 "Deal Maverick", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Deal Maverick ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the deal maverick 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Deal Maverick 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 "Deal Maverick".

Removing Deal Maverick ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with deal maverick 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 deal maverick 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.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Global malware activity level today:

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