But where do these risks actually come from? Many of them, including Suggested Deals adware are the result of us having downloaded some freeware, or free software. There can't be many people who would say that they don't love a freebie, but an incredibly high proportion of freeware files and programs also come bundled with add-ons – and those add-ons can be adware or other types of malware.
How to avoid add-ons like Suggested Deals when downloading freeware or shareware
You've discovered the latest must-have application that really will help you embark on that new fitness regime (really!) or the latest episode of your favorite TV show is now available for download. You eagerly rush through the installation, skipping through the wording in the End User License Agreement (boring!) Well that's your first mistake right there because if the file or application is also bundled with Suggested Deals adware, you have automatically allowed it to install itself on your PC.
The point is that you actually need to read the licensing agreement. Yes, we know they're often long, and always tedious, but most of them do tell you if they are also going to install that extra program on your machine too. The declaration will probably be confusingly worded and you may also find that check boxes are pre-configured and checked or unchecked in the favor of the Suggested Deals adware installation.
Is it really worth the hassle of reading the End User License Agreement?
Well we think so and that is because the majority of advertising supported software comes with a tricky little component that installs itself on your PC so that it can track which websites you visit. This data is recorded and sent back (using your internet connection!) to the adware's owner or programmer so that they are able to show you advertising, "By Suggested Deals" in this case, that matches the products or services that you were looking at on those websites.
So to answer our own question, if you are downloading freeware or software, YES, we do think that it is worth spending a few minutes to read the End User License Agreement a little more closely. After all, this is your privacy we are talking about! Now, if your computer is already infected, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. It shouldn't be very difficult to remove Suggested Deals adware. And next time, pay close attention to programs you install, especially freeware. 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
Suggested Deals 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 Suggested Deals 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:
- Suggested Deals
- 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 Suggested Deals related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Suggested Deals, 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 Suggested Deals related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Suggested Deals, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Suggested Deals 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.