|Type||Adware, Ad-supported application|
|Short Description||CheapMe may look useful but it will only generate advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Ads by CheapMe will start appearing in the browser.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, freeware installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By CheapMe Adware|
What Is CheapMe?
CheapMe is a program that will supposedly help users save money when shopping online. It promises to deliver deals, promotions, and coupons straight to you. While this makes it seem as though CheapMe is a program you want to have on your computer, we strongly advise against it. This is yet another adware program. Adware applications are regarded as unreliable as it is not difficult for cyber criminals to exploit them. So rather than getting some benefit from the program, your PC can be exposed to virtual risks. This is why removing the program is the recommended course of action.
How Did CheapMe Get Distributed?
At one time CheapMe had an official web page, but even then users could not be downloaded from there even if they wanted to. Still, CheapMe can be installed on your computer, and it will most likely happen unbeknownst to you.
For this, CheapMe uses bundled downloads, which is a tactic implemented by numerous other adware programs, as well as hijackers. Typically adware programs are attached to free applications. If you do not want to install any unwanted programs on your PC by mistake, here are a few tips you could follow:
- Do not download software from third-party distributors.
- Stay vigilant throughout the whole installation process and do not just skip over it.
- Select Custom/Advanced installation as this will allow you to prevent any additional software from being installed.
What Does CheapMe Do?
CheapMe will be attached to your browser as soon as it has been installed. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. The ads will appear as banners, pop-ups, as well as in in-text format. They will not only offer you popular items, but things that you have recently looked up online. As an adware program, CheapMe can collect data on your browsing.
What Are the Dangers of CheapMe?
The CheapMe ads will be annoying as hell. However, this is not the thing you should worry most about. The real problem is that it can show ads that lead to malicious websites. And there is no way to know which ad leads to where before it is already too late. Once you land on a harmful website, there are a number of things that cyber criminals can try in order to gain access to your PC or get you to share your sensitive information. They can transfer malware onto your computer, for instance. They may also attempt a phishing scheme. To avoid these risks, you must remove CheapMe right away.
How to Remove CheapMe
All it takes to get rid of this application is for you to go to Control Panel, then to Uninstall a Program. Now find CheapMe and remove.
Even though CheapMe is no longer on your computer, it does not mean that the PC is safe. More unwanted programs may have slipped onto it. What is more, it is susceptible to malware attacks. It is recommended that you have reliable antimalware software on the system that will clean it of any unwanted programs that are currently on it, and at the same time prevent intruders from infiltrating it in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall CheapMe Adware in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall CheapMe Adware.
Step 2: Remove CheapMe Adware from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select CheapMe Adware and click “Remove”
After CheapMe Adware is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select CheapMe Adware to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After CheapMe Adware has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on CheapMe Adware
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall CheapMe Adware. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the CheapMe Adware will be removed.
Step 4: Remove CheapMe Adware automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all CheapMe Adware associated objects.