Has Better Deals Been Pissing You Off?

I’m not another bullshit site that wants to sell you something or ruin your day by installing Malware like Betterdeals. Read this post and I’ll tell you how I finally got my computer back.

So back in February I downloaded something and suddenly I was barraged by pop up ads, new page redirects other assorted bullshit like my computer speed going to just about zero.  I’ve been trying this and that to kill whatever crawled into my laptop.  Spybot wouldn’t kill it.  Mcafee was useless.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had Spybot and  Mcafee for years  but they were getting their ass kicked.

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I noticed that something called Better Deals was lurking at the bottom of most of these ads.   Searched and searched for something that would kill Better Deals.  No dice.  What I found were sites that would cheerfully sell me something to kill it.  I have a strict policy of not paying for shit so I kept looking for “procedures” to remove Better Deals.  The first was advice on how to uninstall Better Deals. Right.  It wasn’t on the program list in my control panel, so that was going nowhere.

 

Then there were procedures  to fuck with my Firefox browser.  If I had the patience and guts to follow them, that might have worked. But no, ain’t going there.  Same thing for procedures to manually clean my register.  I had done that before to get rid of another nasty piece of shit.  But when your pc pops up with a warning that says, “Do not proceed unless you are really sure of what you’re doing.  If you have doubts about your skills we do not recommend editing your registry because fatal damage to your computer might result.”  I have turned a few computers into paperweights over the 30 years that I’ve been building and fixing computers so my advice is to heed that warning.

 

Did I mention I was lazy?  I wanted to find a program that would kill this shit while I watched Shark Week.  While dealing with Real Life, I found myself on the phone with a nice lady named Aspen. While she was helping me with my Real life problems, we spent a lot of time waiting for my pages to load and me killing the fucking pop ups.  While we were waiting I explained my woes about Better Deals and how much I hated the asshats that wrote it.  ASPEN TOOK IT UPON HERSELF TO SEARCH THE INTERNET TO FIND AN ANSWER.  She then cheerfully emailed me a link.

 

The site had the same bullshit “procedures” but they did offer FREE software that they promised and swore would do the job.  Boy did it ever! It killed Better Deals deader than Kennedy and a couple of other turds I didn’t know about.  As a customer service to my readers I’ve weeded out the two or three sites I had to wade through to get to the meat.

 

HERE IT IS

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How to Kill that Fucking Incredibar!

It’s not good when your anti-virus keeps warning you about your start page.

I use Firefox as a browser.  Last month the folks a ATT had us fire up the Internet Explorer to fix a modem problem.  Great.  Shortly thereafter things got hinky.  Loading took for ever.  My tachometer gadget was always maxed out.  Something was desperately trying to install itself and I couldn’t figure out what.  Then McAfee started giving me the Red Warning for my Start Page of all things.  But it also told me it was that fucking Incredibar.  Don’t even google it.  It’s a viscous little hijacker of your search engines.

Threat Details:

Categories:

  • hijacker
  • adware

Description:

IncrediBar is an adware toolbar that gets installed along other software. It shows advertising within Internet Explorer and Firefox and changes the default search engine and startpage.
Even uninstall does not revert changes to search engine and startpage. The Firefox addon installs without a request and does not uninstall with the Windows uninstaller and remains fully functional.

It wasn’t on the Remove Programs list.

McAffe wouldn’t kill it.

Spybot woouldn’t search and destroy it.

It was a pain in  my ass.

Googling for a way to remove it gave me a bunch of options.  After trying a couple, I found one that killed that fucker fucking dead.

But first a word from our sponsor (not really our sponsor, it just sounds cool to me):

If your a clutz at the keyboard or are clueless about how the magic under the keyboard works, go buy “Spy Hunter” and they’ll kill this bitch for you.  If you don’t have the money and REALLY want to do this….proceed.  No…wait…you’re using firefox, right? If not go to somewhere else to remove it from Chrome or Explorer. If you fuck this up, don’t blame me for your typing skills. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

Here’s what you do: But before you start, read number 10 below. Good. Now you’re being careful.

  1. Type “about:config” in your address bar.
  2. A box will open warning you that you’re about to violate the warranty of your computer.  Click “I’ll be careful. I promise!”
  3. This will open up..

Read number 10 again just to be sure.

5. If you don’t see “http://mystart.Incredibar.com/bla/bla/bla“, search “mystart”.

6. Right click that sum bitch.

7. If the shit is on “keyword. URL” delete the value.

8. If it’s on anything starting with “browser”, replace the value with your favorite browser.  “google.com” works nicely.

9. Find “browser.startup.homepage“. Replace value with your start page url.

10. Lastly.  Maybe this should have been Firstly.  Don’t fuck with anything that is NOT in boldface.

Close the page. There’s no saving it.  Close and reopen Firefox.  Wa La. Incredibar dead.

If not, you missed one.  Go back and be more carefuller this time.