When ads by MacDiscount appear too frequently on any your web, are you in doubt that your PC is stuck with virus? Let’s take a closer look at what it is and how to get rid of this kind of ads.
What is MacDiscount?
Similar to SaveonMac and SaltarSmart, MacDiscount is an adware that boosts traffic and generates revenue by injecting ads, sponsored links, additional supplement content, offers and deals that are based on your browsing habit into random your webpage.
It is technically not a virus but a potentially unwanted program (collectively PUP). Why? Because it installs onto your PC without knowledge and permission; alters part of your browser default settings and is suspicious collecting users to be the sales leads for other websites.
Users may download the add-on from this website by themselves so that to spend their lives being bombarded with a constant stream of MacDiscount ads.
How Does It Work?
After sneaking into computer bundled with free downloads (familiar ones are freeware, video recording/streaming, player updates and so on) from the internet, the adware adds MacDiscount add-on to browser regardless Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome to generate ads.
Furthermore, MacDiscount will exploit its add-on to track users’ browsing history, access their online activity to collect their browsing habit and preferences. So the ads from MacDiscount are mostly related to content they are likely to be interested in. However, the negative influence is that MacDiscount may also steal your privacy information remaining on your web cookies for immoral commercial use.
The Advertising Features of MacDiscount
Several types of ads are found to be delivered by MacDiscount, including but not limited to the following: sponsored links, In-text ads, coupons and shopping comparison popping up especially while you visit shopping websites, content suggestions shown when you browse other irrelevant websites and traditional display ads such as banners, “pop-ups” and “pop-unders”, ect.
Typically, these ads are labeled with “Ads by MacDiscount”, “brought by MacDiscount” and “Powered by MacDiscount”.
For those adware and PUP like MacDiscount which bring us threats of network security and annoy us quiet a lot, we strongly recommend to remove them.
How to Remove MacDiscount Deals and MacDiscount Coupons?
To remove MacDiscount from your computer and internet browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox) completely, please follow the guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a reply below and we will try our best to help you to resolve your problem.
Step 1 Uninstall MacDiscount and all suspicious PUP from computer
Uninstall MacDiscount program and any potentially unwanted programs(manually)
Option: automatically uninstall with uninstalling tool
♥Note: To ensure your PC is totally free from potentially unwanted programs, you are requeried to find out and remove MacDiscount and any other PUPs installing along with it.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>look for MacDiscount and any dubious program, select them and click Uninstall/Change.
For Windows 8: Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for MacDiscount and any dubious program, select them and click Uninstall/Change.
Uninstall with uninstalling tool
(Anvi Uninstaller offered by system optimizer Cloud System Booster) is a free tool specializing in uninstalling all kinds of application installing on computer. The “Resent Installed” tab it designs lists all programs installed recently and you can find MacDiscount and its bundled PUP easily in the dropdown list.
Install and start Could System Booster
Then click on “ToolBox” right under the homepage→download and run Anvi Uninstaller→select and remove any suspicious programs(skip the first step “Creat System Restore Point“).
Please note that Perfect Scan feature is to scan for and remove leftover items of MacDiscount in the registry and on the hard drive, which is necessary for ensuring that the MacDiscount application has been uninstalled completely from computer. Because this feature is only supported by pro version, so please upgrade Cloud System Booster into pro version here: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php.
Step 2 Eliminate MacDiscount extension and plugin from all of browsers
After uninstall malicious MacDiscount program from computer, you need to repair your browsers which are hijacked by MacDiscount extension. Because it controls your browsers to inject ads into web randomly and monitor your online privacy, we can’t allow this malicious behavior to go on.
Slim Toolbar (a pro tool contained in PC optimizing software Cloud System Booster that we recommend for you to clean up junk files and optimize computer in step 3) specializes in detecting and removing malicious and negative toolbar, add-on, extension, plugin and browser help object in major browsers.
Removal process demonstration:
1. Purchase the Cloud System Booster and install it according its navigation.
Run it→click the arrow at the lower right corner→click Slim Toolbar
Remove the related add-on from your browser like what the similar picture shows below.
–Or you can choose to manually remove the MacDiscount extension from your browser
Then come to Toolbars and Extensions tab. Right click on the MacDiscount extensiion and then click on Disable.
Switch to the Extensions Tab. Click Remove to get rid of the MacDiscount extension.
Locate MacDiscount extensionand then remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
Chances are that this MacDiscount extension cannot be remove from Google Chrome, and you will see the error message: This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled. The guide below will walk you through solving this persistent extension.
Guide on removing managed extension from Chrome
1. Note the ID of extension on Chrome and close Google Chrome
2. Delete registry entries that contains this ID
a. Open registry editor
For Windows 8 users: Move the mouse pointer to the right side corner → select Search → search for “regedit”
For Windows 7 users: Click on Start button → type “regedit” in the Search Programs and Files field
For Windows XP users: Click on Start button → select Run
b. Find the registry entries of this managed extension and delete it
Press Ctrl and F at the same time, then paste the ID and click Find Next button.
Right click the registry entries that contain the ID of the managed extension and that under the ExtensionInstallForcelist directory.
3. Remove this managed extension’s files
a. Show hidden files and folders
Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > View > “Hidden Files and Folders” > Select “Show Hidden Files and Folders > Apply
b. Locate its files folder and delete it
The location of this folder: Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Users > Your user name > AppData > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data > Default > Extensions
Right click the folder name as the ID of the managed extension and click on Delete to remove it.
Now the MacDiscount extension should have been removed from Chrome.
Step 3 Remove residual junk files and invalid registry entries from your PC
The residual junk files, error and invalid registry entries of the risk including adware, PUP and extension and other viruses which are not malicious but slow down your PC speed must be clean up. Because the excess leftovers will crash down your running program easily and do harmful to your PC. Here the system maintenance and optimization tool Cloud System Booster is recommended.
Download Cloud System Booster:
2. After you install the program, please open it, click on Quick Clear button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.
3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clear button there to remove these junk files, invalid registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.
Note: Because some users had their computers infected with MacDiscount adware via malicious websites. In order to reduce the chance that the adware gets onto PC again when you visit malicious sites in your browsing history by accident, please follow us to clean up you browser cookies.
Back to Could System Booster Homepage→click Disk Cleaner→scroll over and opt for Internet Explorer Cookies, Firefox Cookies and Google Chrome Cookies→Click Start Clean to remove them.
Step 4 Web guard for blocking pop-up ads
Here you can choose the Anvi AD Blocker Ultimate to help you block any ads and pop-up that bother your browsing experience. it is based on a huge online database to help you filter most annoying advertisements.
Anvi AD Blocker Ultimate download:
Start it and turn on the ad-blocking pattern.
Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker ultimate will only be free used for 15 days. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.
Once the pattern of “real-time block” turned on, Anvi AD Blocker Ultimate will automatically analyzes your web content based on its huge and constantly updated database in real time. You can turn on this feature to block ads at any time you want.
Tips for Safely Surfing Online
( to avoid being infected with MacDiscount in the future again)
To surf the internet safely, we need to adopt necessary measures to get free from virus infections. Here we offer you some effective prevention tips and these tips are applied to all of browser hijacker, redirect virus, adware, toolbar and PUPs.
1. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking.
To avoid the harassment of various pop-ups, ads, malicious and/or hijacked websites as well as phishing websites, you have to install a legitimate software for 24-hours protection. Here we recommended you a free blocker Anvi AD Blocker Ultimate to keep you surf safe online.
2. Always keep an eye on what you click and download, including music, movies, files, browser plug-ins or add-ons. When you do install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source.
3. Even if you have to install a necessary software, please always select Custom Installation instead of Recommended Installation and refuse any plugin by opting for Decline or Skip or other means during the process of installing such free software.
4. Keep your antivirus software and other security protect applications up to data and start their web guard feature.
If you use Anvi Smart Defender antivirus software_
Anvi Smart Defender is a antivirus software specializing in detecting and removing various virus, malware, trojan and PUP, etc. At the same time, its real-time web guard is powerful.
Just click Guard button after you run it and then click “off” button to start its 24 hours web guard.
Because its feature “Guard” is pro, so you have to purchase it:
5. Delete internet browsing history including the history of the websites you have visited and the history of the downloads you’ve performed to prevent you from getting malicious infections again.