The definition of a Potentially Unwanted Program, or PUP, is that it is a piece of software that is also downloaded when you download a certain program or application. The crux of the issue here is that you may or may not know that you've downloaded it. And that's exactly what elevates a PUP from an unwanted program to a potentially unwanted one. Whilst not quite on the same level as a virus or a Trojan a PUP is in fact similar to malware in that it can cause you problems once it is downloaded and installed on your PC. It's a PUP because it's usually installed without user's permission and at the same time it's an adware program because it display ads on the infected computer. What is more, it collects certain information about your browsing habits and then use it to deliver more relevant ads, so I guess it would be fair to say it's spyware as well. Needless to say, Giant Savings should be removed from the system as soon as possible.
Giant Savings use bogus web browser extensions to display ads. It's not enough to remove it from your computer through Control panel. You need to remove malicious extensions too. Please note, that this adware/PUP program creates a Windows service that launches another process in the background to check for available updates or even download additional malware on your computer.
How does that PUP/aware end up on my computer? I know, I know, you're usually so careful and you never (or hardly ever) visit dodgy websites. Well, we're sorry to break it to you but the fact is many of us just don't pay enough due care and attention when we're downloading from the Internet. If you download a program online and you fail to read the download, or End User License Agreement, you can't really claim that you know exactly what you're downloading. And that can include not just the program you do want but other unwanted programs too.
We get it; we think End User License Agreements are pretty boring too. In fact they're probably up there with reruns of old reality TV shows on the grand scheme of tedious things, but the truth of the matter is that they count. Giant Savings can be bundled in with the most innocuous and reputable of downloads (for example Cnet) - often without their owner's knowledge - so it really does mean that you need to pay extra attention when you're downloading something from the Internet.
Trust me when I say that you'll be glad you did spend those extra couple of minutes reading that dull and dry agreement. If you get infected by Giant Savings, it could have saved you just as much, if not more time than you will spend uninstalling your new annoying adware or hijacked home page. To remove this adware/PUP from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Ads by Giant Savings removal instructions:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Giant Savings related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- Giant Savings
- HD-Plus 3.5
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Ads by Giant Savings from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Giant Savings, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Ads by Giant Savings from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Giant Savings, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Ads by Giant Savings from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.