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Danger level 6
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Annoying Pop-up's


By itself, Cheap-o is a harmless adware application. It analyzes your browsing activities. Based on that data, the application generates personalized ads for you. Maybe it is worth keeping Cheap-o installed? The answer is a strict NO. Instead, we advise you to remove the application. Please read further to learn why and how Cheap-o should be deleted.

One of the reasons is that this program most likely found its way onto your computer without your knowledge. There is no official site from which you can download Cheap-o. In most cases, people receive the program while visiting file sharing and torrent websites. There they find an offer to download some software, like a universal media player. Sometimes they decide to give it a try and install it without carefully going through the installation wizard. Cheap-o comes bundled with software you downloaded.

This adware extension is a part of the Multiplug family, together with Unideals, RelaySys, OptiShopper, and many others. There are some common features that make applications from the Multiplug family distinguishable. For example, all of them are based on the JustPlugIt engine. This means that every time Cheap-o enters a system, it generates random capital letters in its name. We do not know exactly how Cheap-o generated its name in your case, but you will face no trouble finding it on your programs list.

Some Multiplug applications share an irritating feature; they sometimes come bundled with or browser hijackers. These would take control of your default homepage. And this is the least harmful thing they could do. By all means, there is no place for them on your computer. Both Cheap-o and the “friends” it brought with it should be removed with the help of an authentic antimalware program.

According to our researchers, Cheap-o is not a malicious application. However, it is not responsible for the possible consequences which may occur after you click on ads delivered by this program. You will be redirected to websites that are owned by third parties, and that might be created with various criminal goals. For instance, visiting third-party websites may result in getting infected by malware. In addition to that, it cannot be ruled out that you may become a target of a possible scam attempt, as everything you enter on the Internet can be monitored by fraudsters. All the data on your Internet habits could be used against you.

So, we think you are already convinced that the Cheap-o application has to be removed. Now it is time to start the process. It is not necessary for you to be a computer guru in order to wipe out this unwanted adware. This could be done easily via Control Panel for the Internet Explorer browser. For Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox you will also need to delete Cheap-o from your browser extensions. We have prepared a guide which will assist you in the process. Do not forget to install a professional antimalware program. This will allow you not to worry about your system security in the future.

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How to remove Cheap-o from system

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start menu icon.
  2. Access Control Panel.
  3. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Delete Cheap-o.

Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

  1. Simultaneously press the Windows key + X.
  2. Launch Control Panel.
  3. Choose Uninstall a program.
  4. Locate Cheap-o and remove it.

Windows 7 or Windows Vista

  1. Launch the Start menu and open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Remove Cheap-o.

How to remove Cheap-o from browser

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Simultaneously press ALT+ T keys.
  2. Go to Add-ons.
  3. Open Extensions and remove Cheap-o.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the Menu icon in the upper-right corner.
  2. Navigate to More tools.
  3. Select Extensions.
  4. Remove Cheap-o.
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