What is FantasticDiscounts?
FantasticDiscounts presents itself as a legitimate browser extension designed to save time and money when shopping online - "Use the FantasticDiscounts 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."
Some believe that FantasticDiscounts is a legitimate and useful plug-in, however, this add-on is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After stealthily infiltrating Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, FantasticsDiscounts tracks Internet browsing activity and displays intrusive online advertisements.
FantasticDiscounts employs a virtual layer to display various advertisements including coupons, price comparison, and pop-up. Ads generated by this adware do not originate from users' visited websites and conceal underlying web content, thereby diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
Furthermore, some redirect to malicious websites, and thus, clicking them can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. FantasticDiscounts also tracks users' Internet browsing activity, gathering various information that is later sold to third party companies (Internet Protocol [IP] addresses, Internet service provider (ISP), website URLs visited, search queries, pages viewed, and other similar information).
Some users may believe that this data is insignificant, however, the details might contain personally identifiable details that third parties misuse to generate revenue. Information sharing can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you are concerned with your privacy and browsing safety, uninstall this adware immediately.
These false claims are merely attempts to trick users to install. In fact, none of these apps (including FantasticDiscounts) provide the functionality promised - their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers by displaying advertisements and collecting personally identifiable information.
How did FantasticDiscounts install on my computer?
The developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party programs with regular software/apps) to distribute FantasticDiscounts. Therefore, this application often infiltrates systems without users' permission.
Many users are unaware that developers intentionally hide rogue applications within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By skipping this section, and rushing the download and installation processes, they install PUPs inadvertently.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Take two steps to prevent installation of PUPs: 1) Never rush when downloading and installing software - select the 'Custom/Advanced' options and closely analyze each step; 2) Decline all offers to install third party software - these apps are likely to be bogus.
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- What is FantasticDiscounts?
- STEP 1. Uninstall FantasticDiscounts application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove FantasticDiscounts adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove FantasticDiscounts ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by FantasticDiscounts' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove FantasticDiscounts ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
FantasticDiscounts 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 "FantasticDiscounts", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes FantasticDiscounts ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove FantasticDiscounts adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, FantasticDiscounts 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 fantasticdiscounts 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 fantasticdiscounts 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 fantasticdiscounts 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 fantasticdiscounts 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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