Is Savings Season installed on your computer without your permission? Can’t uninstall it because it doesn’t show up in Control Panel? Do you get a sea of pop-up ads on your browser when you try to go online? Be attention! If you are facing such annoying problems, your computer must be infected with an adware. Follow the manual removal guide to get rid of it as quickly as possible.
Savings Season is categorized as adware that can be installed on a target computer without any permission and knowledge. But it’s obvious that you have adware on your computer. If you see advertisements within your programs or on your desktop and browsers, it is likely that your computer is under attack. An adware can install on a computer by bundling with free downloads like various videos recording, PDF and spam email. As soon as it is downloaded, it can change your browser settings and other critical settings to launch its attack. Technically speaking, it is not considered as a virus, so antivirus product cannot detect it and catch it timely. But it acts like a virus that can affect Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox and even ruin the whole computer system.
Savings Season will install additional programs on your computer system, such as unwanted toolbars, add-ons or some start-up processes, which could lead to annoying website diversions. It also can be regarded as PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) which could slow down your computer and the network speed. Once inside, this program alters your default search provider and homepage. Whenever you try to look up something on Google, instead of showing you reliable results, it displays lots of sponsored websites in your search results in order to advertise these pages and improve their traffic. As a result, you can end up visiting malicious websites or being convinced to download some useless tools. And the most annoying thing is Savings Season will pop up different ads on your computer, trying to get money from every click on those crazy pop-up ads. As a consequence, it is urgent to get rid of ads by Savings Season and uninstall this program permanently.
If you open your browser window (includes IE, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.) and notice immediately that your home page has been changed to a page you do not recognize, then your browser may have been hijacked by a virus. For this type of hijack virus, it can change your homepage to other corrupted page without your permission. Other malicious activities can be shown on your computer after hijacked are listed below:
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
Savings Season hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Savings Season Adware is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Savings Season hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Savings Season can greatly interrupt your browsing usage because it can perform a lot of corrupted actions on your computer. When it hijacks your computer, you will see your search engine results are being redirected to malicious sites and pop-up advertisements keep appearing on your desktop. More than that, new toolbars are added in your internet browser without your permission. You will also get sluggish computer start-up and shut-down. Please be aware that an adware like Savings Season could keep track of your online activities and after installing on the vulnerable Window computer, steal the computer user’s personal data and information and send it to remote attackers. Remove it as quickly as you can in order to keep your computer safe.
Published by & last updated on April 25, 2014 4:59 am