Windows Discount (WindowsDiscount) is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that displays targeted advertisements across popular internet browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Windows Discount also changes existing internet browser settings, which causes affected internet browsers to start-up on and redirect to third-party webpages.

Windows Discount virus removal

What is Windows Discount?

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  • Windows Discount bundles with third-party malware, malicious files, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) without user knowledge.
  • Windows Discount can read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Windows Discount can read and change your browsing history.
  • Windows Discount can manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Windows Discount can manage your downloads.

How does Windows Discount get on a computer?

The Windows Discount extension is commonly contracted alongside downloadable content, such as freeware, shareware, torrents, and other items. In many cases users may be given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install this adware and other programs; However, the offer to decline the object(s) is often ignored or presented in a deceptive manner.

How to remove Windows Discount

Step 1: Remove Windows Discount browser attachments

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Windows Discount extension and other suspicious extensions. Remove them individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each extension.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Windows Discount add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Windows Discount add-on, click it, and click the Remove button. Remove other suspicious add-ons if found. If the Remove button does not appear you must first uninstall associated software through the Control Panel.

Step 2: Uninstall unwanted programs from Windows

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. In the list of installed programs, search for unwanted programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Scan your computer for malware

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential Windows Discount malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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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 programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Windows Discount malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

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