Offers4u is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), namely – an adware. After it is installed, it will attach itself to your browser. The PUP could display different ads, banners, message boxes and commercial content. It may add a browser extension. You may be redirected to websites with potentially malicious content.
|Short Description||You may witness advertisements in your browser and messages prompting to install potential malware.|
|Symptoms||You may see advertisements across webpages, get redirected to unwanted sites, and see pop-ups leading to potentially malicious content.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Offers4u|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Offers4u.|
Offers4u – How Did I Get It?
One way the Offers4u adware distributes is typically done via third-party installers. You can get it on your computer without knowing, that the adware is hiding in freeware installations and bundled packages. They contain additional components for installation that are not always disclosed, and you can get tricked into installing PUPs such as Offers4u. Sometimes this can be avoided if you check the Advanced or Custom setting in an installation setup.
Another way is if you can get such PUPs onto your PC is if you visit suspicious sites, and you click on different advertisements, banners, and pop-ups that are displayed.
Offers4u – More Information
Offers4u is an adware. Once inside your computer, it begins generating pop-up messages, which may redirect you to sites, from which you can install software with potentially malicious content. You can be redirected to the official domain, to download an executable file at www.offers4u(.)org/uninstall(.)exe. It is stated in advertisements that visiting that page and getting the uninstaller will stop all Offers4u messages, but actually the page has malicious content on it.
Also, you may have a browser extension causing some of the browser redirects, pop-ups and advertisements appearing, like:
- Ads by Offers4u
- Ad by Offers4u
- Powered by Offers4u
- Brought to you by Offers4u
It is shown how they look like, in the official page at Offers4u(.)org:
The redirects may be with the aim of generating revenue for its authors on a pay-per-click basis.
The PUP is using cookies, and every time you are redirected to it or one of its probable affiliate sites, you can be tracked. That may allow for sensitive information to be stolen secretly from you. Some of that data can be used to generate more attractive commercial content to you or in any way the developers of Offers4u to make a bigger profit with its help.
Here is a list of mostly what information can be collected, but not limited to:
- Search queries and related searches on search engines
- Browser type
- Keyboard language
- Geographical location
- The User’s IP address or other persistent user identifier
- User’s e-mail address
- Your name
Offers4u – Removal Instructions
To remove Offers4u manually from your system, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given down here. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this adware completely, you should search and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Such software will also make sure that your system is safe in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Offers4u 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 Offers4u.
Step 2: Remove Offers4u from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Offers4u and click “Remove”
After Offers4u is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Offers4u 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 Offers4u 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 Offers4u
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Offers4u. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Offers4u will be removed.