DealWifi - How To Remove?

 

DealWifi is typical adware application – first of all it secretly and illegally enters your system and then starts to flood your web browsers with various advertisements. We have seen similar adware in the past – HotspotShield ads or Dolphin Deal virus is operating the same way. All this malware are trying to make revenue from displaying additional dose of advertisements. So if you are tired of those ads while browsing the Internet, take some action and eliminate DealWifi from your computer right now.

To learn more about specific features of DealWifi please continue reading this article. If you have some questions regarding this topic, feel free to ask them in the comments section below and we will do our best to answer them all.

About DealWifi adware

DealWifi was created by Chinese marketing company called Rafotech. This company claimed to be able to show ads for 300 million people worldwide. That is a lot. This was achieved by both various semi-legitimate applications like this one or Mustang Browser they created and malware they installed on other PCs. Due to infections Rafotech employees were arrested on July 2017 and the company is no more. However, the adware infections remain and there is possibility to be infected.

This malicious application is described as a tool that should allow to browse the web easier and faster. Unfortunately, you will experience unwanted advertisements and no beneficial results because of this tool. Detailed description of adware on Wikipedia described this browser extension. In addition to that, this malicious application also features some traits of other type of malware – browser hijacker. It is likely to change setting on your web browsers, such as homepage and default search engine. That means you will be seeing their homepage every time you open a web browser.

DealWifi virus

DealWifi is like advertising network for cyber criminals. Since they are banned from all legitimate advertising networks like Google or Facebook ads, they use adware like this to promote their websites and drive some traffic to them. This being said, if you keep DealWifi installed on your computer, various cyber criminals will be able to reach you right on your web browsers on a daily basis and that’s very dangerous.

Another unwanted attribute of DealWifi is data collection. Once installed they will collect your personal information, such as browsing history, search queries, most visited sites or even your IP and email addresses. They adjust those ads according to collected data and make them even more relevant and attractive to you this way. And that’s the main goal of DealWifi because they get paid for every click you make.

There are two main fake search engines that this adware promotes visitation to. Mystart.dealwifi.com is one of them, a browser hijacker, seizing your preferences and linking them to its domain. Even if users attempt to reorganize the made changes to their benefit, efforts will be fruitless. The search engine might be engaging in some shady deals with third party sources. As soon as you download DealWifi application, the can be automatically assigned for the positions of home pages, default search providers and new tab pages. Its interface does not differ much from the Mystart3.dealwifi.com virus which also has a tendency to be promoted by the questionable application we are discussing in this article. Both of these websites have been applied to the browsers’ preferences.

On the 3rd of June, 2017, it appears that Mystart.dealwifi.com and Mystart3.dealwifi.com websites have closed down. If users wish to enter them, they would be redirected to a blank page, stating that the Server was not found. We did some digging and attempted to find why are these websites unavailable? During our investigation, we discovered that the official website of Mustang.rafotech.com leads to the same surprising outcome: Server cannot be found.

This might be linked with the fact that Rafotech was publicly-shamed for infecting millions of users with adware applications (DealWifi) that increase web traffic of fake search engines that we have mentioned in the paragraph above. Official accusations indicate that Rafotech managed to inflict on 25.3 million users from India, 24.1 million in Brazil and 16.1 in Mexico. United States of America were also compromised by the ad-based applications that the company generated. 5.3 million people from USA are indicated to have become victims. The report against Rafotech and following arrests are the cause of websites shutting down.

Nevertheless, we found some websites that still offer DealWifi: DO NOT download it. In total, more than 200 million users have explained to have their cybersecurity compromised by Rafotech during the course of their activity. They are held responsible for the Fireball campaign which we have discussed quite recently.

Distribution Methods of DealWifi adware

You can get infected with DealWifi simply by downloading and installing some freeware from the Internet. For instance, when you download and install some PDF generator or media player, there is a chance that DealWifi will be downloaded and installed alongside without you even being aware of that happening. To avoid this happening, always pay close attention to the installation process of freeware.

Never skip any steps and opt out for a custom or advanced install mode if possible. This way you will be able to see all available options and make needed changes. Don’t rush because some of the most important data can be displayed in a very tiny font and you don’t want to miss it. If during the installation you notice that some additional software that you are not aware of is being installed alongside – don’t allow this installation to be completed because it can be DealWifi or any other malware.

This adware also is known to be distributed by mystart3.dealwifi.com and Mystart.dealwifi.com. Those browser hijackers hijack web browsers and constantly promote DealWifi. Furthermore, it can be installed automatically. So if your computer is infected with any of those browser hijackers, there is great chances that DealWifi will infect your computer too, sooner or later.

DealWifi can be removed either manually or automatically, thus choose removal method that suits you the best. If you have no previous experience in removing viruses like DealWifi we recommend to do it automatically. It takes no time to eliminate virus this way.

Download reliable anti-malware application, such as Reimage, SpyHunter or Malwarebytes, install it on your computer and then run a full scan of all files stored on your hard drive. One of these applications should immediately detect and remove the virus for good. If your computer is infected with some other viruses, it will detect and remove them as well, therefore it’s wise to keep it installed.

In case you prefer to perform this removal manually, scroll down below this article – there you will find our step-by-step DealWifi manual removal guide. Try to complete all steps correctly and you will be able to remove DealWifi manually by your own.

 



Automatic DealWifi removal tools

 
 
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Manual removal of DealWifi Ads

How to remove DealWifi using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like DealWifi install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to DealWifi .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing DealWifi from your browsers

  Top Remove malicious extensions from Internet Explorer

  • Press on the Gear icon→Manage Add-ons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to DealWifi and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Close the Options.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to DealWifi, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Press on the Gear icon->Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button.
    Reset settings
  • Select a Delete personal settingscheckbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top Removing DealWifi from Chrome

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Google Chrome window. Select “Settings”.
    Open settings
  • Click “Extensions” on the left menu bar.
  • Go through the extensions list and remove programs you do not need, especially similar to DealWifi. Click on the trash bin icon next to DealWifi or other add-ons you want to remove.
    Remove extensions
  • Press on the “Remove” button on the Confirmation window.
    Remove approve
  • If unsure, you can disable them temporarily.
    Disable extension
  • Restart Chrome.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to DealWifi, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
    Open settings
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on the Reset settings button.
    Reset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top Removing DealWifi from Firefox

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything DealWifi related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to DealWifi, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • Choose Troubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove DealWifi from Microsoft Edge:  Top


Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, DealWifi should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top Removing DealWifi from Safari (Mac OS X)

  • Click on the Safari menu.
  • Choose Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Click on the Extensions Tab.
  • Click on the Uninstall button near the DealWifi. Remove all other unknown or suspicious entries too. If you are not sure whether you need the extension or not, you can simply uncheck the Enable check-box to disable the extension temporarily.
    Extensions
  • Restart Safari.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to DealWifi, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari.
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove DealWifi, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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