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How to remove Discount Buddy (ads, banners, deals)

Threat's profile Threat indicator: HIGH

Name of the threat:Discount Buddy

Command or file name:DiscountBuddy.exe

Threat type:Adware

Affected OS:Win32/Win64 (Windows XP, Vista/7, 8/8.1, Windows 10)

Affected browsers:Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari

Discount Buddy is advertising browser add-on from 215 Apps. Installs in all thee major browsers (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 8-9-10, Mozilla Firefox). Shows discount pop-ups on various shopping site disturbing users. Gets to user computers bundled with some freeware programs during installation of this freeware software.

Discount Buddy intrusion method

Discount Buddy

Discount Buddy installs on your PC along with free software. This method is called "bundled installation". Freeware offers you to install additional module (Discount Buddy). Then if you fail to decline the offer it starts hidden installation. Discount Buddy copies its file(s) to your hard disk. Its typical file name is DiscountBuddy.exe. Then it creates new startup key with name Discount Buddy and value DiscountBuddy.exe. You can also find it in your processes list with name DiscountBuddy.exe or Discount Buddy. Also, it can create folder with name Discount Buddy under C:\Program Files\ or C:\ProgramData. If you have further questions about Discount Buddy, please ask below. You can use programs to remove Discount Buddy from your browsers below.

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How to remove Discount Buddy manually

This problem can be solved manually by deleting all registry keys and files connected with Discount Buddy, removing it from startup list and unregistering all corresponding DLLs. Additionally missing DLL's should be restored from distribution in case they are corrupted by Discount Buddy.

To get rid of Discount Buddy, you should:

1. Kill the following processes and delete the appropriate files:

  • Updater26766.exe
  • ButtonUtil.dll
  • Discount Buddy-bg.exe
  • Discount Buddy.dll
  • Discount Buddy.exe
  • Uninstall.exe

Warning: you should delete only those files which checksums are listed as malicious. There may be valid files with the same names in your system. We recommend you to use Discount Buddy Removal Tool for safe problem solution.

2. Delete the following malicious folders:

  • %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\gb5e8gtn.default\extensions\\
  • %LOCAL_APPDATA%\Updater26766\
  • %PROGRAMFILES%\Discount Buddy\

3. Delete the following malicious registry entries and\or values:

  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{66666666-6666-6666-6666-660266676666}
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{44444444-4444-4444-4444-440244674466}
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{55555555-5555-5555-5555-550255675566}
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{22222222-2222-2222-2222-220222672266}
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{11111111-1111-1111-1111-110211671166}
  • Key: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    Value: Updater26766
    Data: C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Updater26766\Updater26766.exe
  • Key: HKCU\Software\InstalledBrowserExtensions\215 Apps
  • Key: HKCU\Software\Discount Buddy
  • Key: HKCU\Software\Cr_Installer
  • Key: HKCU\Software\Crossrider
  • Key:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Discount Buddy
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CrossriderApp0026766.BHO
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CrossriderApp0026766.Sandbox

Warning: if value is listed for some registry entries, you should only clear these values and leave keys with such values untouched. We recommend you to use Discount Buddy Removal Tool for safe problem solution.

Uninstall Discount Buddy related programs from Control Panel

We recommend you to check list of installed programs and search for Discount Buddy entry or other unknown and suspicious programs. Below are instructions for different version if Windows. In some cases adware programs are protected by malicious service or process and it will not allow you to uninstall it. If Discount Buddy won't uninstall or gives you error message that you do not have sufficient rights to do this perform below instructions in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking or use Discount Buddy Removal Tool.

Windows 10

  • Click on the Start menu and choose Settings
  • Then click on System and choose Apps & Features in the left column
  • Find Discount Buddy under in the list and click Uninstall button near it.
  • Confirm by clicking Uninstall button in opened window if necessary.

Windows 8/8.1

  • Right click on the bottom left corner of the screen (while on your desktop)
  • In the menu choose Control Panel
  • Click Uninstall a program under Programs and Features.
  • Locate programs that can be connected with Discount Buddy or other related suspicious program.
  • Click Uninstall button.
  • Wait until uninstall process is complete.

Windows 7/Vista

  • Click Start and choose Control Panel.
  • Choose Programs and Features and Uninstall a program.
  • In the list of installed programs find entries related to Discount Buddy
  • Click Uninstall button.

Windows XP

  • Click Start
  • In the menu choose Control Panel
  • Choose Add / Remove Programs.
  • Find Discount Buddy related entries.
  • Click Remove button.

Remove Discount Buddy related extensions from your browsers

Discount Buddy in some cases can be accompanied with browsers extension. We recommend you to use free option Toolbar Remover under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware to remove unwanted browser extensions related to Discount Buddy. We recommend you to perform scan your PC with Removal Tool or Stronghold AntiMalware. To remove extenions from your browsers manually do the following:

Internet Explorer

  • While in Internet Explorer click cogwheel icon in the top right corner
  • In the menu choose the Manage Add-ons
  • Select Toolbar and Extension tab.
  • Choose add-on possibly related to Discount Buddy or other related adware BHO.
  • Click Disable button.

Warning: This option will only disable unwanted plugin. For effective Discount Buddy removal use Discount Buddy Removal Tool.

Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome.
  • In the address bar type chrome://extensions/
  • In the list of add-ons find related to Discount Buddy and click recycle bin icon.
  • Confirm Discount Buddy removal.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox
  • In the address bar type about:addons
  • Click Extensions tab.
  • In the list of extension locate ones related to Discount Buddy.
  • Click Remove button near it.

Protect computer and browsers from infection

Adware threats like Discount Buddy are very widespread and, unfortunately, many anti-virus programs fail to detect it. To protect your computer from future infection we recommend you to use Removal Tool, it has active protection module and browser settings guard. It does not conflict with any anti-virus programs and creates additional shield against threats like Discount Buddy.

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