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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to Remove "Ads by GreatDeals" Malware (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends:
Let's not beat around the bush here, I would bet my bottom dollar that you have heard of "Ads by GreatDeals" malware – in fact it's highly likely that you've been infected with it as well. But what actually is GreatDeals, and how does it affect your computer? I always say that the best way to protect yourself from an enemy is to know exactly how they operate.

What is GreatDeals or Great Deals?

It's commonly known as adware which is a computer program which falls under the malware (or malicious software) label. It installs a tracking component on your PC or laptop. As we spend more time online on different devices, adware that targets handheld devices is becoming increasingly common. The tracking component monitors which websites you have been browsing and the products that you look at within the website's pages. It sends this information back to the programmer who can then make the decision about which ads by GreatDeals to show you based on your perceived recent interests. So that's the first thing we know about adware – that it is quite an aggressive marketing tactic, but that's not all because this adware can cause you some problems too.

The problems caused by GreatDeals

As mentioned above, it can cause quite a few issues for you – and for your computer. One of the most noticeable ones is caused by the tracking component. Because it is constantly working away behind the scenes, it is eating up your computer or laptop’s resources. Resources that are best put to use while you work or spend your hard earned leisure time online. Using up resources will cause your device to run more slowly than usual. The component may interact unfavourably with other programs that you have installed and can stop them from performing to their full capability or keep crashing. Creating conflicts between the programs you have on your machine can also result in an instable IT environment and leave you vulnerable to breaches of security. Finally, because this nasty component uses your own Internet connection to send the data it has collected about you back to the programmer, you will probably find that websites are frustratingly slow to load. You might not even be able to use the Internet at all as it might simply crash every time you try and open it.

How do you lower the chances of being infected by GreatDeals ads?
  1. Don't panic because thankfully there are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from ads by GreatDeals. Below we list a handful of the easiest to implement and things that you should be aware of.
  2. Don't even think about going online without having an anti-malware program on your PC.
  3. Not sure you trust a website 100%? Don't download files or software from it. Use the developer's site wherever possible.
  4. Browser telling you pop-up blockers are available? Use them.
  5. Ensure all software and apps are up to date – that way their security will be too.
If your computer is already infected and you don't know how to stop "Ads by GreatDeals" and remove this aggressive malware from the system, 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,

Ads by GreatDeals 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 GreatDeals 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 PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall 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:
  • GreatDeals
  • GoSave
  • Active Discount
  • SaveNewaAppz
  • 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 GreatDeals related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove GreatDeals, Active Discount, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 GreatDeals related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove GreatDeals, Active Discount, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove GreatDeals related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage 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.