What is Awesome-Promos?
Awesome-Promos is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to improve the online shopping experience and to save time and money - "Use the Awesome-Promos browser add on and start shopping today without hurting your budget. It’s the complete online shopping tool that gives you the ultimate advantage of comparing the nest deals, discounts, and promotions from all your favourite online shopping sites."
These false claims are used to give the impression of legitimate and useful software, however, offers of various features by Awesome-Promos are simply attempts to trick users to install. In fact, Awesome-Promos is an adware-type application that continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity and displays intrusive online advertisements.
Awesome-Promos collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Internet service provider, geolocation, browsing information (websites visited, pages viewed, and search queries), and other similar data. This collected information (some of which may be personally identifiable) is later shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate revenue.
Therefore, Awesome-Promos poses a serious threat to your privacy. In addition, this application employs a virtual layer to generate coupon, pop-up, price comparison, and other similar intrusive advertisements. Bear in mind that none originate from the visited websites, and by concealing underlying web content, these generated ads significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience.
Most redirect to websites offering various services, online stores, and other similar e-commerce sites. Clicking them, however, is risky, as some ads might redirect to infectious sites, thereby causing high-risk adware or malware infections. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate Awesome-Promos adware immediately.
Adware-type applications have similar characteristics. Indeed, there are many PUPs very similar to Awesome-Promos including SaveDeals, Groover, iDeals, and AllDaySale - these also promise to save time and money. Despite these similarities, neither Awesome-Promos, nor any other adware-type apps provide the functionality promised.
These applications simply generate advertisements and collect personally identifiable information. Their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers - they deliver no value for users.
How did Awesome-Promos install on my computer?
Although Awesome-Promos has an official website, many users install this application inadvertently via a deceptive software marketing/distribution method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of PUPs with regular software/apps). Research shows that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software.
For this reason, developers conceal bogus applications (such as Awesome-Promos) within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Users who rush the download/installation processes, skipping this section, often install rogue applications inadvertently. The developers are concerned only with amount of revenue generated, and therefore, intentionally hide installation of PUPs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent installation of rogue applications, be attentive during download and installation of all software. Select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular', since PUPs are usually concealed within this section and should be cancelled. Never accept offers to download or install additional programs - you can never be sure that they are legitimate.
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- What is Awesome-Promos?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Awesome-Promos application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Awesome-Promos adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Awesome-Promos ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Awesome-Promos' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Awesome-Promos ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Awesome-Promos 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-Promos", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Awesome-Promos ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Awesome-Promos adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Awesome-Promos 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-promos 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 awesome-promos 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with awesome-promos 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 awesome-promos 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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