Dolphin Deals Virus - How To Remove?

 

Dolphin Deals virus – sounds like a joke, but you shouldn’t really laugh. Especially, if your computer is infected with it or even if you installed this tool yourself thinking that it will be useful. Developed by the company called SuperWeb LCC (company responsible for distributing FindBestDeal malware), this browser extension is a malicious tool to spread unwanted advertisements, steal private information and make profits by doing it. We can assure that it will neither save your money or enhance your online shopping experience, as it should. If you are consistent enough to read this post to the end, you will learn more details about this malware and how can you deal with it.

We should start by saying that this toolbar falls into the category of adware. In case you are not familiar with this term, take your time to read the description on WikiPedia (1). Basically, adware usually comes in a form of web browser extension and promises to bring some kind of value to users, while the main goal remains to make money by displaying web advertisements. This rule perfectly fits to Dolphin Deals too.

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Even though this virus has been around the corner since 2014, we noticed that it became extremely active now. Developers of this infection began spreading it again, bundled with various applications that can be downloaded fro free from public downloads websites. So if you are wondering how did this viruses ended up on your web browser (or even several of them), it most probably came along when you downloaded some flash game or free files converter.

Rule no.1 in order to avoid infections like this is to be extremely careful when installing freeware. You must pay attention to even smallest details, as they can make a huge difference. Usually additional tools like Dolphin Deals come as a default option, so if you don’t uncheck some checkbox at some point, it will be automatically installed.

Dolphin Deals advertisements

If you take a look at their official website at www.sqeedolphindeals.com, you will notice that this tool is supposed to allow users to compare online deals and find the best deals possible. Here’s how it is described:

We’re passionate about improving the web by providing the best tools to enhance the browsing experience, from searching the web to comparing online deals to find the best prices. We’ve combined all of our great ideas into the Dolphin Deals product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience…better!

Unfortunately, this description is inaccurate, to say the least. All those deals and commercial offers will be displayed as advertisements. If that’s not enough, usually they are fake – there are no deal, just an attempt to trick you and make some money.

Probably the most dangerous feature is that this virus can be affiliated with various developers and distributors of malware. So if it happens so that you click on one of those ads delivered by Dolphin Deals virus, some other viruses might be implemented into your computer.

If you have heard enough, it’s time to get rid of this infection. It is compatible with all most popular web browsers out there, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or even Safari, so you will have to remove it both from your computer and your web browser. Removing infection from web browser is relatively easy – you just need to disable the extension and remove it from the extensions list (find more detailed instructions below this article). Things gets harder when you have to remove it from computer. That’s why we advise to get some assistance from anti-malware software, such as Reimage. Scan your computer with it and Dolphin Deals will be gone for good.



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Dolphin Deals virus

How to remove Ads by Dolphin Deals using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Dolphin Deals virus 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 Ads by Dolphin Deals .
    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 Dolphin Deals virus 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 Ads by Dolphin Deals 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 Dolphin Deals virus, 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 Ads by Dolphin Deals 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 Dolphin Deals virus. Click on the trash bin icon next to Ads by Dolphin Deals 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 Dolphin Deals virus, 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 Ads by Dolphin Deals 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 Dolphin Deals virus 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 Ads by Dolphin Deals, 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 Dolphin Deals virus 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, Dolphin Deals virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top Removing Dolphin Deals virus 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 Ads by Dolphin Deals. 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 Dolphin Deals virus, 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.

     
 

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August 10, 2017 06:45, September 7, 2017 05:14
   
 

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