In this post I am going to talk about a piece of adware called SalePlus which has perplexed many computer users recently. I have collected some information about this adware on the Internet and will show them in four parts:
This may be a long post for you. But if it is the case that you have been annoyed by this adware for a long time and are looking forward to the day when you are able to get rid of it from your computer, I believe you will read it through with patience.
Part 1: What on Earth Is SalePlus?
SalePlus, according to its official site, is a tool that can be free downloaded and installed on web browsers, so that it can help Internet users enjoy promos and freebies offered by online shops. That is to say, it is a useful add-on that helps users with their online shopping. However, that is not the case. Many applications claim to help, but do the opposite, or at least, do things that users don’t expect. SalePlus is one of those applications. Apparently, it is a helpful application that enhances users’ experience while shopping online. In fact y, it is an adware program that serves to displays various ads on users’ web browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc), in order to generate revenue for its creators.
When I search “remove SalePlus forum” on Google, I can find many Internet users looking for help to remove SalePlus or ads by SalePlus on different forums. The following are some excerpts of users’ description about their problems:
I have a malware called SalePlus. I cannot use Chrome, for it will immediately put up an ad. I looked at the extensions in Chrome, where it is listed, and I click to remove, but it will immediately come back. I ran webroot but it doesn’t see it – HELP!
I can stop the ads from appearing by removing an extension called SSalEPlus from Chrome, but every time I restart Chrome it reappears! I’ve tried searching for it on my laptop but nothing shows. Any advice? Would it be easier to just wipe and start again?
It is very annoying when saleplus redirects me and displays pop-up ads. This adware won’t go away no matter how hard I try. I don’t know how this adware comes into your PC. Can anybody please help?
Generally, a general application does not display endless ads and should be removed with ease. However, from users’ descriptions, we can see that SalePlus has adware features that it displays many annoying ads and cannot be removed easily.
I have collected several screenshots of ads by this adware. In terms of content, those ads can be categorized in several types: coupons, offers, deals, discounts, and sales; while in forms, it can be classified as these types: box ads, inline word ads, pop-up ads, and pop-under ads. Here are some of the screenshots of those ads:
Ads by Saleplus screenshot (1)
Ads by Saleplus screenshot (2)
Ads by Saleplus screenshot (3)
Part 2: What Are the Harmful Activities of SalePlus?
It has been known that SalePlus is an annoying adware program. Based on the information collected online, I find that this adware can do some harmful activities in users’ computers and bring a series of negative effects to users and their machines.
(1) This adware floods users’ computers with ceaseless ads.
It is really an annoying thing to receive numerous ads while you are surfing the internet, especially when you have important work to do. Your careless clicks on those ads may open various sites you don’t intend to visit. It not only wastes your time closing those website windows, but also runs the risk of getting malware downloaded on your PC. This adware may display ads that entice you to download some updates for the software installed on your PC. If you agree and do so, you may only download malware instead of the so-called updates on your computer. The malware could do more harm to your computer system.
(2) This adware redirects users to various unwanted sites.
Once getting installed on your PC, it may modify your browser settings and Hosts file, and try to redirect your web browsing to sites of their choosing. For example, after a page loads, it then automatically redirects to a lesser-known or rogue website. This problem can be very annoying, and may put your computer at risk. The sites that you are redirected to may promote fake products and wait you to buy them. Some sites may even contain malicious codes, by visiting which you might unconsciously download malware on your computer.
(3) This adware collects users’ personal online data secretly.
No matter you believe or not, most adware, once installed on your computer, would use tracking cookies to monitor your online activities so as to record your browsing habits. SalePlus can also do this. It stealthily gathers information like your IP address, types of web browser, search queries and the most visited sites, and then sends all this information to the third parties. Later on, it will receive ads that match your browsing habits from the advertisers and show them on your browsers. That is to say, this adware can compromise your private information.
(4) This adware can affect your system performance.
By pouring many ads into your computer and bringing other types of malware to your computer, this adware can hinder your computer from working properly. It may slow down the performance of your system and make your system unstable.
Part 3: How Does SalePlus Spread?
There are four main ways in which this adware can get into your computer:
Via freeware or shareware
Often, this is bundled with some freeware or shareware, typically in the form of an add-on or plug-in, and gets installed together with such software. As you can see from the screenshot below, you must install SalePlus if you want to continue installing the software KChess Elite 22.214.171.124 on your PC. If you are in a hurry to finish the installation without careful reading what is saying on the window, you may get this adware installed unwittingly.
Via infected websites
This adware can slip into your PC via websites that have been infected. Such websites have programs designed to install adware on your computer. When you visit them, the programs can exploit holes in your computer system and install the adware on your computer without any knowledge and consent.
Via deceptive pop-ups
SalePlus may also enter your computer by means of deceptive pop-ups. I say “deceptive”, because of the fact that most pop-ups saying that your computer is infected and requiring you to “Click Here” to download antivirus software, more often than not attempt to mislead you into downloading malware programs on your PC. Adware program could come into your PC in this way.
Via email attachments
Another way in which the adware spreads should be email attachments. Creators of this adware may inject its installer in the attachments and send them to Internet users randomly. If you open such email attachments, you may activate the codes of the adware and allow it to run in your PC. Sometimes, even the attachments sent from someone in your contact list would contain adware or other types of malware, since their emails may have been hacked and automatically send infected emails to their contacts.
Part 4: How Can You Remove SalePlus Effectively?
SalePlus is a risky adware program that must be removed as early as possible. Although it might look beneficial or harmless, it really does some harmful things when installed on users’ computers. It not only annoys users with countless ads, but also poses a threat to their privacy. If you have got this adware and been trying hard to remove it but not successfully, the following methods will help you out of the trouble. Our guide concludes four steps which have been listed below:
Step 1: Restore your browsers to default settings.
Restoring browser settings is the easiest and fasted way to get rid of the unwanted add-ons installed by adware or other types of malware. But please know that when you restore your browsers to the default settings, it will make some changes to your default homepage, default search engine, default startup tabs, new tab page, extension, themes, etc. Besides, the cookies and site data will be lost. If you do agree to restore your browser settings, then you can follow the instruction below:
Open Internet Explorer, click on the “gear” icon in the top right corner, and then select Internet Options.
Under the Advanced tab, find and click on the Reset button.
Check the box “Delete personal settings” and click Reset button.
When the resetting is done, please click Close and then click OK.
Restart Internet Explorer to make the changes take effect.
Open Google Chrome, click the Chrome menu (3 horizontal lines icon) in the top right corner and select Settings.
At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
Under the Reset settings section, click Reset settings.
When a dialog box appears, click on the Reset button.
(Note: You can also paste chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings into Chrome’s address bar to open this page)
Restart Google Chrome to implement the changes.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click the Open menu (3 horizontal lines icon) in the top right corner and click the “question” mark.
Select Troubleshooting Information in the menu.
In the open page, find Refresh Firefox button under Give Firefox a tune up and click on it.
When a dialog box pops up, click the Refresh Firefox button.
Restart Mozilla Firefox to complete the changes.
Open Safari, click on the “gear” icon in the top right corner and click on the Reset Safari option from the drop-down menu.
When a dialog box appears to ask if you really want to reset Safari, please click on the Reset button.
When the resetting is done, Safari will restart automatically.
Navigate to the folder of Opera:
C:Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera and remove Operapref.ini file (For Windows 7/Vista)
C:documents&settings>username>application data>opera>opera>profile (For Windows XP)
Find and remove Operapref.ini file.
Open Opera and type opera://about into the address bar to about the About Opera page.
Locate the Paths section.
Note the paths of Profile and Cache and close Opera.
Then follow the paths you have noted, find and delete these two folders: Profile and Cache.
Now run Opera and all its settings will be reverted to their defaults.
Step 2: Remove SalePlus related programs from the system.
Click on Start menu and select Control Panel.
Click on Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
In the list of installed programs, look for program named “SalePlus” or any other program with similar name.
Once you find one, click on the Uninstall button to remove it.
Follow the prompts to complete the removal.
Move the mouse cursor towards upper-right corner of your screen and click on Search button.
In the search box, type Uninstall a program and go to the Settings menu and then click the Uninstall a program option.
In the list of installed programs, find and remove any program related to the adware by selecting it and clicking the Uninstall button.
If you’re prompted for a confirmation, click the Yes button to proceed.
Click on Start menu and select Control Panel.
Locate and double click on Add or Remove Programs. If you find any program related to the adware, click the Change/Remove button to remove it.
Follow the prompts to complete the removal.
Step 3: Remove SalePlus related shortcut, files and folders.
Press Windows key + R key to open the Run command box.
Type msconfig into the box and click OK.
Click the Startup tab and see whether there is an item related to the adware.
If you find one, note its location and then disable it by selecting it clicking on the Disable button.
Navigate to the location of you have noted, e.g. “C:\Users\code\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\SalePlus.
Right click on the shortcut “SalePlus” and select the Delete option.
Then, open your Local Disk C.
Open the folder of Program File.
Look for folders named by SalePlus or similar and delete them.
Step 4: Use a malware removal tool to remove the adware related files and registry entries.
Many users always find the adware comes back after removing it from their computers. This because that there are still some leftover files (executable files) and startup entries reminded in their computer systems. By taking this step, users can clean the files and registry entries that can’t be deleted manually.
Here we recommend using the following three tools to run a malware scan on your PC. Those tools are not the best ones in the world, but they really work effectively.
Spyhunter – an advanced program designed to detect, remove and block the latest malware like Trojans, worms, viruses, adware, rootkits and more.
Malwarebytes – a powerful program that can detects and protects against malware in real-time and blocks hacking and phishing attempts effectively.
Max Spyware Detector – an excellent program that detects & deletes spyware, adware, keyloggers, cookies, worms, Trojans and other potential threats. It also has the registry fix feature to restore your original settings.
You can choose one of the tools recommended above to remove SalePlus related files and registry entries. Here we strongly suggest that you use SpyHunter. Follow the steps below:
» Download SpyHunter setup file on your PC.
» Run the setup file to start the installation.
» Keep following the wizard until you finish the installation.
» Launch the program and perform a malware scan by clicking Scan Computer Now.
» SpyHunter will start scanning your system for any existing threats.
» Once the scanning is done, remove all found threats by clicking Fix Threats button.
» Restart your computer if required.
(Note: The free vision of SpyHunter will only detect threats. If you want to fix the found threats, you need to upgrade to the registered version)
Attention: The following video offers a complete guide for SalePlus adware removal. You’d better watch in full-screen mode!
Thank you for your time of reading all those above. Hope that our guides will resolve your problem.
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