How to remove the bargains virus

Most antivirus programs identify bargains.exe as malware—e.g. Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/Exact.A, and Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.BargainBuddy.v or not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.BargainBuddy.a.

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Bargains.exe file information

The process known as bargains belongs to software bargains buddy or BargainsBuddy ADP Module by eXact Advertising (

Description: Bargains.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file bargains.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\BullsEye Network\bin\ or C:\Program Files\Bargain Buddy\bin2\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 282,624 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 254,016 bytes, 262,144 bytes, 315,392 bytes or 311,360 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). There is no file information. Bargains.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Bargain Buddy or The BullsEye Network occur, you may also want to uninstall it software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify bargains.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: You should check the bargains.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If bargains has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Adware - Should have no reason being there,
Adware...will do nothing but slow down your PC and bring annoying Pop-ups
adware (google says)
bargains.exe is a spyware which generates pop-up advertisements and analyses your computer usage for analysis by Exact Advertising. This program is a registered security risk and should be removed immediately.
It crashes my internet connection because the file cannot be written. I can now only connect through Outlook.
  Mr T Godfrey  
It is and adware program that shows annoying and dirty popups
this makes your pc slower
  J Kwon  
It will activeate randomly and take up ALL of your CPU power. Damn annoying when playing games and other stuff. Delete.
  Fill The Whise  
bargains.exe causes high CPU usage spikes which will temporarily halt your computer while you work. It appears to collect data from your computer. As I am unsure of exactly what data is being collected, security risks would include bank accounts, passwords and personal information.
It slows down the PC,starts Pop-Ups and I think it also starts the Bullseye Network, which can be very annoying, too.
Adware I close it and appears again.
Adware - Sends your browsing habits to third parties
It is completely safe in my case, I don't know why others are having problems with it.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of bargains.exe: based on 20 votes with 14 user comments. One user thinks bargains.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 9 users suspect danger. 7 users think bargains.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving bargains issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active bargains process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the bargains.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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