Cheap-o is a program that you need to keep away from your operating system at all costs. According to our research, this unreliable ad-supported program can expose you to malicious activity with every ad that it injects into the sites you visit. We are sure that you do not want to become a victim of malicious activity, which is why trusting unreliable ads is about the worst thing you can do. Instead of clicking on random unfamiliar ads, you should delete Cheap-o from your operating system, and we know how you can do that. If you are not sure you can remove this suspicious application manually, we hope that you will read this report. We have created it to help you understand how Cheap-o works and what kind of issues you might encounter and how to overcome them when removing this threat.
Even though some malware researchers are not sure they can call Cheap-o a security threat, we believe that it is a threat because it can put your virtual security at serious risk. For example, the surveys shown to you could be set up by schemers to collect your contact information, fictitious shopping deals could be used to boost traffic to unreliable or unpopular sites, and third-party installers could be used for the distribution of malicious programs. Unfortunately, not all users realize right away how unreliable these online offers are or that they should remove Cheap-o. The web cookies that belong to this ad-supported program could be used to track information about your virtual activity, which might help create more attractive offers. Of course, even if you delete Cheap-o cookies, the ads shown to you might remain attractive, and that is the strength of this misleading ad-supported program.
According to research that we have conducted, Cheap-o is usually introduced by unreliable installers. Amonetize and Installrex are the installers that were found to carry this adware packaged with other ad-supported programs, PUPs, and browser hijackers. In most cases, users encounter Websearch Hijackers (e.g., Websearch.hotfindings.info) that can replace your home page and default search provider tools. Unfortunately, it is possible that less noticeable infections will enter your operating system along with Cheap-o, and detecting and removing these infections can be much more difficult. Note that you might encounter concealed infections if you are dealing with MicroChallenger, DigitalCleaner, and other ad-supported programs created using the Justplugit framework. These programs are clones of Cheap-o.
Not all users will be able to delete Cheap-o manually. Even though it is not difficult to uninstall this program from your operating system – which you can do using our removal guide below – it might be difficult to locate and eliminate leftover files. For one thing, you might have to remove extensions from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers. On top of that, after removing Cheap-o, you will have to find and delete other computer infections. If this is all too much for you, install a security tool that will eliminate all security threats automatically. What is most important is that this tool will prevent other infections from attacking your operating system in the future.
Delete from Windows 8/Windows 8.1:
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