What exactly is ExstraSavings? It's Advertising Supported Software, normally abbreviated to adware, is computer software that displays adverts when you're connected to the Internet. Okay, so far, so not scary you're thinking but online advertising is not just a way for companies to market their products or services to us over the Internet, adware can actually have a detrimental effect on your user experience. And that's not all, because adware can cause you real problems too.
What can this adware do?
- It has the ability to change your browser and tool bar, and your default home page and search engine. This is so that it can redirect any searches you make on the web to websites that the developer of the adware has a vested interest in you visiting. This can be anything from a site offering cheap flights to sites that are illegal or of an adult nature. Because this adware is not exactly the same for everyone, some users will get only "Ads by ExstraSavings" while others will get ads plus a bunch of annoying and obviously dangerous web browser modifications.
- ExstraSavings adware finds its way onto your PC because, in the majority of cases, it is packaged with another program that you have downloaded. However, spyware might also be thrown in too. This adware itself contains a component which monitors your Internet usage so that it can customize the adverts it sends you. This is something which tracks and records every web search and visited website. This data will then be sent back to the scammers, or sold on to a third party. And of course, this data is not going to contain emails you've written, documents you've typed, credit card details you've entered in order to purchase something online, and of course your passwords and log in details. But despite that it's still threat.
- And if this wasn't bad enough, you will normally also find that, even if you only have this adware on your machine, the additional component that it installed will slow your computer's operating speeds and Internet connection down. This is because the component is working away in the background sending the data that it has captured back to the developer. The component might also be interacting negatively with other programs you have installed, which can also slow you down as well as cause potential security issues. Not to mention that your web browser will probably crash once in a while. After all browser extensions that are installed by this adware do not come from the official extensions store.
I know that this adware might be tricky to delete: You'll need to run an anti-malware not just once but two or three times to be sure they've caught it. If you reboot and the adware is still there, get professional help either online, from your device's manufacturer or at a local computer store. But first, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
"Ads by ExstraSavings" Removal Guide:
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 ExstraSavings 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:
- 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 ExstraSavings related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove ExstraSavings, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove ExstraSavings related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove ExstraSavings, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove ExstraSavings related add-ons 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.