Ads that claim to be brought to you by Savings Scout pop up when you are browsing the Internet, especially on the online shopping websites? If that is the case, your computer is infected by an adware—Savings Scout. This article will guide you to rid your web browser of this computer infection. Read on.
What Is Savings Scout?
Savings Scout is a browser add-on developed by 215 Apps (Innovative Apps) and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Once installed it will add extension or plugin to your internet browser which display a Coupons box on the upper right corner of the browser when you browse the Internet and which when clicked will drop down a box containing advertisements and sponsored links.
Savings Scout may collect search terms from your search queries and monitor your online activities to feed you more precise coupons and advertisements. Even worse, it may share the information for unethical use, so you should remove it as soon as possible.
Savings Scout is often promoted via other free downloads, that’s probably why you are unaware of how and when it got into your computer and why people regard it as a computer virus. Actually, it is classified by the industry as a PUP (potentially unwanted program).
How to Remove Savings Scout?
To remove Savings Scout from your computer and internet browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox) completely, please follow the guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a reply below and we will try our best to help you to resolve your problem.
Step 1 Uninstall Savings Scout and related malicious program
As mentioned above, Savings Scout infect computers by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you need to search for and uninstall any unknown and unwanted applications that are related to Savings Scout or installed around the time Savings Scout pop-up ads first occurred.
Option 1 > Uninstall automatically with Anvi Uninstaller
Anvi Uninstaller is tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system optimizer and cleaner. After uninstall a program, Anvi Uninstaller will detect leftovers, such as registry keys and junk files.
1. Download and install Cloud System Booster
Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
2. To uninstall Savings Scout and related programs: Launch Cloud System Booster → switch to Expert mode → select Toolbox → download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → locate any suspicious program → hit Uninstall to remove it
Please kindly note that downloading Anvi Uninstaller won’t take you much time.
Please note that the Prefect Scan function is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.
Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
3. To clean residual files: Switch to Home tab → click Boost button → click Clean button after scan finished
Option 2 > Uninstall manually through Control Panel
For Windows 8 Users:
Move the mouse pointer to the right side corner → select Search → search for “control panel” to get Control Panel→ click on Uninstall a Program → locate Savings Scout and any suspicous program → click on Uninstall button
For Windows 7/Vista Users:
Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → locate Savings Scout and any suspicous program → Click on Uninstall button
For Windows XP Users:
Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → locate Savings Scout and any suspicous program → Click on Remove button
Please note that although Savings Scout and related malicious program is uninstalled, there are still many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.
Step 2 Remove Savings Scout add-on from IE/FF/Chrome
If you are still encountering Savings Scout pop-up ads after remove Savings Scout and relate malicious programs, you should go through the following guides to check and remove Savings Scout leftover on your web browser.
For Internet Explorer Users:
To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on Savings Scout and any other suspicious extensions → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button
Alternative Solution: Reset IE to its default state
That’s all for the removal of Savings Scout, if you have only Internet Explorer infected on your computer. You may proceed to the Malware Prevetion Tips part for more information.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins
Alternative Solution: Reset Firefox to its default state
That’s all for the removal of Savings Scout, if you have only Internet Explorer and/or Firefox on your computer. You may proceed to the Malware Prevetion Tips part for more information.
For Google Chrome Users:
To remove extension: Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) > Tools > Extensions → locate Savigns Scout and any unwanted and unknown extension → click the Recycling Bin to remove it
Alternative Solution: Reset Chrome to its default state
Now, Savings Scout pop-up ads should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encountered any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us. You may proceed to the Malware Prevetion Tips part for more information.
Step 3 Repair your installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar
Also, you can download and install a tool to assist you to complete the repair of your browser. Anvi Slim Toolbar is such an application.
1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.
Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/
2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:
Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Chech or tick unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons → hit Remove button
3. Empty trash bin:
The removed toolbars and extensions are placed in the trash bin in case you want them back, so you need to empty the trash bin regularly.
Click on the trash bin icon, then you can restore or remove toolbars and extensions there.
Now, your computer should have been free from the infection of Savings Scout pop-up ads. If you have encountered any problem in the removing process, please leave a reply and we will help you fix your problem as soon as possible.
Malware Prevention Tips
As mentioned above, Savings Scout sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.
If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you can make use of Anvi Ad Blocker to further guard your online activities and create a clean online environment. It can block pop up ads and prevent you from landing on malicious websites.
Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)
Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php
Adware like Savings Scout may lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.
Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html