CheapMe Description

CheapMe is a Web browser add-on whose main purpose is delivering advertisements to your PC, earning CheapMe its classification as adware. Common adware-related problems may include violations of your online security or Web-browsing performance, for which reasons malware researchers are in the habit of suggesting that you uninstall CheapMe and all other adware. The most recent CheapMe outbreaks also have involved installations of additional adware, but the intelligent use of general anti-malware solutions should suffice for removing CheapMe and related forms of unwanted programs with few to no issues.

What It Really Costs You to Be Cheap with Your Online Shopping

CheapMe describes itself as an add-on that loads advertisements that provide coupons and other shopping offers that could benefit you, but malware researchers find few, if any, advantages from browsing through CheapMe’s advertisements. While CheapMe’s advertisements have no guarantees of providing legitimately advantageous deals, they do interfere with your Web browser’s performance by loading themselves automatically. Formats that CheapMe advertisements and advertisements of related add-ons have been found including are as follows:
  • Injected keyword link-based advertisements. Web pages unrelated to CheapMe’s advertisements are modified to change text phrases to advertisements; for instance, CheapMe may cause the word ‘car’ to provide a link to a specific automotive company.
  • Injected graphical links. These links are similar to the keyword-based ones of above.

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    However, they aren’t based on text; CheapMe may modify a Web page to host an additional banner, button or other graphical element, in addition to all of its normal content.

These advertisements may expose your browser to undesirable, possibly unsafe content, and may also have a high chance of causing performance issues like slowdowns or crashes. As an accentuating centerpiece on CheapMe’s negative attributes, malware researchers also found that CheapMe tries to prevent its deletion and, whenever possible, will reinstall itself, when you try to remove CheapMe via standard procedures.

The Cost-Efficient Way to Get Rid of an Adware Miser

Although adware like CheapMe often is quick to point out the theoretical price-savings you can get from CheapMe, it’s rare for adware to invest in real business strategies, such as distributing themselves through trustworthy methods that would build a lasting fan base. CheapMe often is installed by misleading methods such as being bundled with modified patches or unrelated applications. Scanning installers that are from suspicious locations, such as sites known to distribute adware, can save your PC from dealing with the aftereffects of CheapMe, which is easier than removing CheapMe after the fact.

CheapMe often is installed along with other adware, such as Safe Saver, that may load additional advertisements along with CheapMe’s own advertisements. As a natural result, removing CheapMe also should take place alongside removing SafeSaver. Most anti-malware programs should be able to accomplish both of these relatively easy chores during a basic anti-malware scan. Malware researchers do have a minor caveat; the recently-identified nature of CheapMe’s campaign may make CheapMe less than perfectly identifiable for security programs that aren’t using threat databases that are as up-to-date as possible.

CheapMe Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)

Is your PC infected with CheapMe? To safely & quickly detect CheapMe we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.

Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name Detection Count
    1 %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\cheapme 112
    2 %PROGRAMFILES%\cheapme 109
    3 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\cheapme 106
    4 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\cheapme 103

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}CheapMeHKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{60BB9418-F4FF-9DB0-1E79-70B098BC7EF8}Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{6F3DEED6-501F-6894-7094-027CF7759AB9}Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{F03E1EE0-636C-A43C-8C4D-C6EA8E47578A}Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{60BB9418-F4FF-9DB0-1E79-70B098BC7EF8}
Posted: January 13, 2014 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Detection Count: 29,030

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