Have you noticed a new pop-up that displays prices from different online competitors when you’re looking at an item? A pop-up called Visual Deals? You probably have — or you will soon — and you’re probably going to want to know how to get rid of Visual Deals, so let me tell you. But first, if you don’t know what the Visual Deals pop-up is, let’s back up a step.
One morning, I woke up to find this odd pop-up that had suddenly appeared out of nowhere (I hadn’t downloaded anything recently, so I was confused and concerned):
At first, I thought, that’s an odd thing to have on a website…it’s almost encouraging me to shop at a competitor. (Of course, that strategy worked in Miracle on 34th Street, but I didn’t think that’s what was going on here.) But, whatever, it’s their business, right? They’re making more money than I am, so they probably know what they’re doing.
But then I saw the Visual Deals pop-up again, on a different website.
Hmmm. This Visual Deals pop-up is probably not the work of some marketing geniuses at major retailers. So, that means it’s on my end. Now, how to get rid of it.
So, I googled “how to get rid of Visual Deals” and what do you know? There’s not a whole ton of information about it. I did find one forum with a thread that was asking if Visual Deals was Chrome Adware or Malware. Participants quickly narrowed it down to a Chrome extension called Translate Selection. If you have that extension, you need to go into the Extension Options and uncheck the box that says “I don’t want to support you (turn off the ads).” Boom. That’s how you get rid of Visual Deals. If you have the Translate Selection extension.
But I didn’t have that extension. So now what?
A few people mentioned that it was also an option in the Chrome Reload extension. So, you could check there.
But I didn’t have that extension either.
I kept reading and finally someone mentioned an updated Pinterest extension, which now has the Visual Deals pop-up in the Options section. Well, well, well. Looks like I’ve found the culprit and, more important, how to get rid of Visual Deals. If you have the Pinterest extension, click on Options. This is most likely what you will see:
Gotcha, Visual Deals! So, it’s not terribly difficult to figure out how to get rid of Visual Deals (just click on “Change”) but it’s unnecessary and annoying. After all, this was done without your knowledge. And it’s probably a major drain on your resources. And it could be malicious — but I don’t know that for sure. It’s definitely one of those PUP adware things that are running rampant and “hiding” themselves in downloads and extensions and even malicious ads.
But maybe you want the Visual Deals pop-up (although you probably don’t, and shouldn’t). If you want to see this whenever you’re shopping, browsing, researching products…
Then maybe the Visual Deals pop-up isn’t a problem for you. They also feature this:
So, if these features are something you’d appreciate, then hey, more power to you. You probably don’t want to pull the plug. But, if you change your mind, you know how to get rid of Visual Deals.
Editor’s Note: The Visual Deals pop-up could be “hidden” in another extension, of course…but once I found it in my Pinterest extension (and nowhere else), that was the end of the problem for me. It can be in more than one extension, so if you find it in one of your extensions, it wouldn’t hurt to check the others, just to be safe.