How to remove the Savings Sidekick BHO malware

The Savings Sidekick.dll file is a software component of Savings Sidekick by 215 Apps | International Web Services, LLC.
Savings Sidekick is delivered through a third-party offer and usually installed through Internet downloading. It installs a browser extension, (a Browser Helper Object for Internet Explorer), which scans web pages loaded by the user and compares them with merchants having a pre-arranged affiliate relationship with 215-Apps, displaying a counter in the top right of the site being viewed of better prices or alternative deals. The company's own website does not currently list Savings Sidekick as an app but many other Internet sources attribute it to them and their Privacy Policy page details app behavior that is consistent. At installation it may hijack or modify the browser's homepage and default search settings. Multiple antivirus scanners have found possible malware in SavingsSidekick and many users uninstall it within one week.

Some anti-malware programs classify Savings Sidekick.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example Win32:Crossrider-AI [PUP] (detected by Avast), and AppRider (PUA) (detected by Sophos). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Savings Sidekick BHO software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about Savings Sidekick BHO and how to get rid of it.

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Savings Sidekick.dll file information

The process known as Savings Sidekick BHO belongs to software Savings Sidekick by 215 Apps or Awesome Apps.

Description: Savings Sidekick.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Savings Sidekick.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 612,736 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 488,832 bytes, 611,720 bytes, 617,344 bytes or 611,200 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 11111111-1111-1111-1111-110011501160. The program has no visible window. The file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The file is not a Windows core file. Savings Sidekick.dll is certified by a trustworthy company. Savings Sidekick.dll is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with Savings Sidekick.dll, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSavings Sidekick.

Recommended: Identify Savings Sidekick.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Savings Sidekick.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Win32:Crossrider-AI [PUP] (detected by Avast), and AppRider (PUA) (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the Savings Sidekick.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Savings Sidekick BHO 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.


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Best practices for resolving Savings Sidekick issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active Savings Sidekick process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the Savings Sidekick.dll 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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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