How do I know if I have adware on my PC?
Adware is no shy and retiring wallflower, so it will be obvious if you have been infected. The nastier types of adware will bombard you with a proliferation of pop up and pop under windows, as well as garish banner ads by RespectSale. However, that's not all as adware can be more than just irritating; it can have a negative effect on your computer as well as your sanity.
- Is your PC running a lot more slowly than usual? You may well have the RespectSale adware on your machine. Any malicious software will suck your CPU's resources dry, using up power and making your computer battle against the strain of the added work needed to run the adware
- Noticed that other programs you have installed on your computer seem to be acting strangely? That will be the adware interacting negatively with them.
- Do websites take ages to load or keep crashing? You have the fact that adware uses your internet connection to relay data about the websites you visit back to the developer so that they can decide which RespectSale ads to display on your screen to thank.
- Suddenly running out of space on your drives? You guessed it – that will be the adware taking up valuable memory.
Are we right in thinking you downloaded some media files, installed an app or upgraded some software just before you noticed these problems with your computer? It's not a coincidence because in the majority of cases, RespectSale will be bundled with freebie files and programs and installs itself in conjunction with something else.
How do you prevent adware from infecting your computer?
- The main preventive measure is related to the paragraph above: because RespectSale adware comes bundled with another program, you need to read license agreements carefully. These will tell you if the program is trying to install an 'add-on', so make sure you check – or uncheck - relevant boxes so you only install or download the program you do want
- Install a good anti-malware program to give you an extra line of defense. Make sure you always have the latest version of it installed too. Installing a firewall is also a must.
- Don't download anything from third party website – go straight the publisher wherever possible
- Close all websites, including your email
- Download and run your anti-malware program manually
- Restart your computer then run another scan
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
RespectSale Ads 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 RespectSale 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:
- Active Discount
- 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 RespectSale related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove RespectSale, 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 RespectSale related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove RespectSale, Active Discount, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove RespectSale 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.