I wrote this article to help you remove Similar Deals. This Similar Deals removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Similar Deals is a shopping assistant. The program is a fully automated comparison extension. It uses complex algorithms to identify and compare product prices in real-time. The owners of Similar Deals state that they operate their custom database where they store details about shopping offers. The tool promises to find the best buys in the biggest online stores for your convenience. It gives access to the lowest prices, available in e-commerce platforms around the world. According to its official website, similardeals.net, Similar Deals is available in 13 countries. They are not listed, though. The add-on is compatible with the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. Experts have filed the utility under adware because it involves security risks.
What makes Similar Deals an insecure application?
Similar Deals can perform unauthorized tasks. The furtive program generates advertisements at will. The ads appear to serve their purpose. They show bargain deals for a variety of consumer goods. The product palette includes clothing and apparel, furniture, interior and exterior decorations, accessories, technological devices, gardening tools, sports gear, hiking equipment, books, toys, games, household items and others. Similar Deals produces ads on a constant basis, regardless of the user’s preferences.
The windows appear in various shapes and forms, including classic pop-ups and pop-unders, coupon boxes, in-text links, banners, freebies, rebates, interstitial, contextual, transitional, inline, comparison, floating and full-page ads. The creators of Similar Deals apply marketing tricks to make the windows more noticeable. You may find the suggested offers enticing, but it is not advisable to use the ads as a source for shopping deals. They link to sponsored websites with questionable security. The owners of Similar Deals support the platforms of third party advertisers in exchange for commissions. The tool does not run security scans to filter potentially infected websites. The risk is entirely on the end user.
Similar Deals performs another task which is not listed as a service. The process in question has not been addressed at all and for a good reason. The adware breaches users’ privacy. It monitors people’s surfing sessions and collects information from their browser. The data the shady program can obtain encompasses the browsing history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, zip code, email, demographic profile, telephone number, place of residence, user names, passwords, PIN codes and other personal and financial details. The gathered input can be sold on the darknet without your knowledge or permission. It could end up in the hands of cyber criminals.
How did Similar Deals get installed to my computer?
Similar Deals is not available for download from its official website. This is a major red flag. It does not make sense for software vendors not to offer their own product. The fact that the utility cannot be acquired from its own website leads to the conclusion that it is spread by other sources. According to research, the adware uses a couple of dark patterns. The first is bundling. The covert program merges its setup file with the executable of another tool. It can travel with pirated copies of paid applications, freeware and shareware. The unwanted software will be included for install per default. You need to deselect it by hand. Make sure to read the terms and conditions of the programs you install.
The other host for Similar Deals are spam emails. Opening an attachment from a bogus message can transfer the adware to your system. The sender will try to make you believe that the email is genuine. He could introduce himself as a representative of a reputable company or institution, like the national post, a courier firm, a bank, a social network, a government branch or the local police department. To check if a given notification is genuine, look up the contacts. The email address is the best indication.
Similar Deals Uninstall
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Similar Deals from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Similar Deals from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.