Savings Sidekick is another adware that can come into your computer without an approval. It is packed with programs like download enhancer and browser tools. Attacker uses this approach to mislead users into downloading the program. In most instances, visited web site pauses for a while and prompt the download in order to remain browsing the site. Program where Savings Sidekick is bundled is endorsed as a required software.

When you install the program, you may not notice that Savings Sidekick adware is likely settled inside your computer. Though, you may notice several symptoms such as pop-up ads and offers coming from unknown sources. Savings Sidekick mainly offers big discounts. It knows your recent interest due to its monitoring mechanism that records you web-browsing routine.

Savings Sidekick may not be as harmful as computer viruses but it can annoy and interrupt your Internet browsing. It pop-ups offers and coupon discounts every now and then when it senses that you are visiting online marketplace.

In order to remove Savings Sidekick from the browser might as well as the PC, you need to follow the provided instructions on this page. It is vital that you run a scan with anti-malware tool to delete all hidden entries that are placed deep inside the system.

Type Adware
Sub-Type Add-on/Extension
OS Affected Windows

What are the Symptoms of Savings Sidekick Infection?

Savings Sidekick displays discount offers while browsing the web. Moreover, this adware pop-up advertisement that is relevant to your searches.

Savings Sidekick

Follow these Procedures to Remove Savings Sidekick

Procedure 1: Uninstall Savings Sidekick from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the adware program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista/ 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

How to access Control Panel in Windows 8

- The easiest way to access Control Panel on Windows 8 is through the Search function.
- Simply press Windows Key + Q on your keyboard to display the Charms Bar. Alternatively, you can drag mouse pointer to lower-right portion of desktop until the Charms Bar slide-out.
Magnifying Glass icon and search for 'Control Panel'. Click the item on the result to access this feature.

cpanel-win8

2. Under Programs, click on Uninstall a program. It will open a program and features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for the name Savings Sidekick or any related term. Please note that the adware may change the title anytime. Once found, please select the item you wanted to remove.

NOTE: To represent Savings Sidekick, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Savings Sidekick may use other names or terms such as the following: GamePlayLab, Crossfire, Crossrider

Uninstall Item

4. Click on Uninstall button to remove the program automatically.
5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Anti-Malware Tool

In troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of Savings Sidekick. Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP/Vista/7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.

win7-safemode

Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Please restart the computer and as soon as it begins to start, please press Shift+F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing Advance Boot Options, Windows 8 will display Recovery Mode. Continue with the given steps until you reach Safe Mode function.
- Click on 'See advanced repair options'.

win8-recovery

- Then, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, please select Advanced options.
- On the next window, please choose Windows Startup Settings.
- Lastly, click on Restart button. Windows 8 will now restart and boot into Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the system in Safe Mode with Networking.

win8-safemode

Scan and remove Savings Sidekick files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove Savings Sidekick, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Savings Sidekick Removel Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Procedure 3 : INTERNET EXPLORER - Savings Sidekick removal procedure

If the hijacker was not removed properly during the scan, you can use this guide to uninstall it from the computer. We prepared procedures to remove this unknown search program from various Internet browsers including Internet Explorer 8/9, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Guide to remove Savings Sidekick Add-ons and Extensions from Internet Explorer

1. Launch the program Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, please navigate to Tools > Manage add-ons. It will open a window where in you can view and manage Internet Explorer add-ons.
3. Select Toolbars and Extensions on left panel. Go to right panel and look for Savings Sidekick related item.

Remove Add-ons on IE

NOTE: To represent Savings Sidekick, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Savings Sidekick may use other names or terms such as the following: GamePlayLab, Crossfire, Crossrider

4. Select the unwanted toolbar and extensions and click on Disable.
5. Close the existing window and restart Internet Explorer.

Procedure 4 : MOZILLA FIREFOX - Savings Sidekick removal guide

1. Launch the program Mozilla Firefox.
2. At Firefox main screen, type about:config in the address bar. If it shows a warning, "This might void your warranty!" please click "I'll be carefull, I promise!"
3. Firefox will display a list of entire preferences including those that were modified by Savings Sidekick.

Firefox About:Config

4. In the Search field, type the name of malware. Then, right-click and Reset values for found Preferences.

NOTE: To represent Savings Sidekick, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Savings Sidekick may use other names or terms such as the following: GamePlayLab, Crossfire, Crossrider

Firefox Search Preference

Note: Proceed only with this fix if Savings Sidekick has modified your home page or if the browser keeps on redirecting to unknown web sites.

5. Navigate to top menu and click on Tools, the click Options.
6. On General Tab, under Home Page, type the desired address or simply click Restore to Default. Click OK to save the settings. This will reverse the changes made by Savings Sidekick on your home page.

Firefox Home Page

Procedures to delete Savings Sidekick Extensions from Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools and select Add-ons from the list. You can also press CtrlShift+A on your keyboard to access this option.
3. Once the Add-ons manager is open, select Extensions from the sidebar.

Remove Add-on in Firefox

NOTE: To represent Savings Sidekick, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Savings Sidekick may use other names or terms such as the following: GamePlayLab, Crossfire, Crossrider

4. Find the unknown add-on and click on Remove button. Click OK to save the settings.
5. Please restart Firefox to complete the process.

Procedure 5 : GOOGLE CHROME - Savings Sidekick removal procedure

Delete Savings Sidekick extension from Google Chrome:

1. Launch the program Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Wrench or 3-Bars icon on top right corner of the browser.
3. Choose Settings from the drop down list. It will open a window containing Google Chrome settings.
4. Click on Extensions of the left side bar to display all installed extensions.

Remove Extension in Chrome

NOTE: To represent Savings Sidekick, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Savings Sidekick may use other names or terms such as the following: GamePlayLab, Crossfire, Crossrider

5. On the right panel of the window, Disable/Delete (Trash) Savings Sidekick extensions.
6. Close the current window and restart Google Chrome.

Protect your PC from Savings Sidekick or Similar Attack

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection

With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.

Chrome Security Settings

6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

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