What is Solid Savings (Solid Savings Malware)?
Solid Savings is malware, categorized as adware, that infects a computer system in order to display unwanted in-text and pop-up advertisements. Solid Savings in-text advertisements often appear as a text link across a variety of websites, but Solid Savings adware mainly associates with retail coupon and deal based websites, often appearing as a coupon for websites such as Gap and Sears.
Alike most in-text advertising platforms, Solid Savings, also referred to as the Solid Savings virus, utilizes browser hijackers and third-party browser attachments in the form of add-ons, extensions, plugins, Toolbars, and Window’s gadgets. Solid Savings either installs their standalone Solid Savings attachment (example: Solid Savings 1.23.7) and/or third-party browser attachments. Also note, the Solid Savings attachment may be present, while the internet user sees advertisements from other adware platforms such as Text Enhance. It has been reported that removing a third-party browser extension has caused Solid Savings to stop displaying advertisements and vice versa (relating to third-party adware).
Some victims of Solid Savings malware have also reported that the Solid Savings standalone browser attachment is difficult to remove, and have stated that there is no visible trashcan icon on the Google Chrome internet browser used to remove the Solid Savings extension.
How to remove the Solid Savings virus – Solid Savings adware
- Automatic removal (Solid Savings removal software)
- Manual removal and repair (Manually remove Solid Savings)
1. Automatic removal (Solid Savings removal software)
Use these instructions to completely remove Solid Savings and third-party malware, as well as repair comrpomised internet browser settings.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, open the Anti-Malware software. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so. If you are using an existing version of Malwarebytes on your computer, make sure you update the software by navigating to the Update tab.
3. On the first tab that says “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect and remove Solid Savings and associated malware.
4. Once the scan is over, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected).
CCleaner can be used to repair internet browser settings, startup settings, and troubleshoot, as well as perform many useful tasks such as uninstalling software that wont uninstall.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall unwanted software, navigate to the Uninstall tab.
2. Manual removal and repair (Manually remove Solid Savings)
Use the instructions below to manually remove Solid Savings and repair your internet browser settings.
Windows Uninstaller – Control Panel
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Solid Savings and suspicious third party software. To uninstall the unwanted software double click the programs icon, or highlight the program in the list and click Uninstall.
Remove Solid Savings browser hijacker
Solid Savings may install as a standalone browser attachment, alongside third-party browser attachments, or bundled inside a third-party browser attachment. Removing third-party attachments often stops unwanted Solid Savings advertisements from popping up.
It is suggested to Uninstall any unwanted programs and browser helper objects using Window’s Uninsatller or CCleaner prior to removing the browser attachment.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Locate the Solid Savings extension and additional third party extensions. Remove them by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin locate the Solid Savings and additional third party add-ons and remove them.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab locate the Solid Savings and additional third party add-ons and remove them if located.