DealDropDown Adware

This page contains description of DealDropDown including its origin and method of distribution. We also provide simple removal procedures and how you can protect the PC against this kind of threat.

Most users who’s preferred online shopping finds best offers like discounts, deals, and freebies. For them it is a good thing that there is a tool like DealDropDown. It is a plug-in or extension created by third-party to show coupon on every shopping sites you visit. It can be in a form of pop–ups or drop-down ads, as the name suggests. Usually, DealDropDown add-on is injected to Windows browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers.

Security experts detailed this type of adware where you can find it at the right-top portion of your browser. There is a box containing ads, sponsored links, and discount coupons. However, what many users do not know is the harm cause by this program. DealDropDown has a malicious activity wherein it misleads computer in enforcing the installation of this tool. They use trick so that users get this adware without their full consent. So be watchful in clicking links or downloading free software.

From the recent study, security experts claimed that there is difficulty in removing DealDropDown ads from the browser. The main reason is that they find it hard to detect or locate this adware. It has the ability to change name of its components. Removing manually is not sufficient for this type of adware. DealDropDown intends to leave some files behind so that it can be re-launched anytime. Deleting it automatically using efficient tools is the only way to get rid of this parasite for sure. It is best to use reliable anti- malware program to identify the adware and remove it totally.

DealDropDown

There is nothing wrong on finding way on how we can save money in shopping. However, you have to do it not to the extent that your system would be at risk.

TypeAdware
Sub-TypeAdd-on/Extension
OS AffectedWindows

Follow these Procedures to Remove DealDropDown

Procedure 1 : Uninstall DealDropDown

Procedure 2 : Scan computer in Safe Mode using Anti-Malware Tool

Procedure 3 : Remove DealDropDown from Internet Explorer

Procedure 4 : Uninstall DealDropDown from Mozilla Firefox

Procedure 5 : Delete DealDropDown from Google Chrome

Procedure 1: Uninstall DealDropDown from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the adware program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista/ 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

How to access Control Panel in Windows 8

- The easiest way to access Control Panel on Windows 8 is through the Search function.
- Simply press Windows Key + Q on your keyboard to display the Charms Bar. Alternatively, you can drag mouse pointer to lower-right portion of desktop until the Charms Bar slide-out.
Magnifying Glass icon and search for 'Control Panel'. Click the item on the result to access this feature.

cpanel-win8

2. Under Programs, click on Uninstall a program. It will open a program and features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for the name DealDropDown or any related term. Please note that the adware may change the title anytime. Once found, please select the item you wanted to remove.

NOTE: To represent DealDropDown, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that DealDropDown may use other names or terms such as the following: 215 Apps

Uninstall Item

4. Click on Uninstall button to remove the program automatically.
5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Anti-Malware Tool

In troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of DealDropDown. Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP/Vista/7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.

win7-safemode

Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Please restart the computer and as soon as it begins to start, please press Shift+F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing Advance Boot Options, Windows 8 will display Recovery Mode. Continue with the given steps until you reach Safe Mode function.
- Click on 'See advanced repair options'.

win8-recovery

- Then, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, please select Advanced options.
- On the next window, please choose Windows Startup Settings.
- Lastly, click on Restart button. Windows 8 will now restart and boot into Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the system in Safe Mode with Networking.

win8-safemode

Scan and remove DealDropDown files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove DealDropDown, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download DealDropDown Removel Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Procedure 3 : INTERNET EXPLORER - DealDropDown removal procedure

If the hijacker was not removed properly during the scan, you can use this guide to uninstall it from the computer. We prepared procedures to remove this unknown search program from various Internet browsers including Internet Explorer 8/9, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Guide to remove DealDropDown Add-ons and Extensions from Internet Explorer

1. Launch the program Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, please navigate to Tools > Manage add-ons. It will open a window where in you can view and manage Internet Explorer add-ons.
3. Select Toolbars and Extensions on left panel. Go to right panel and look for DealDropDown related item.

Remove Add-ons on IE

NOTE: To represent DealDropDown, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that DealDropDown may use other names or terms such as the following: 215 Apps

4. Select the unwanted toolbar and extensions and click on Disable.
5. Close the existing window and restart Internet Explorer.

Procedure 4 : MOZILLA FIREFOX - DealDropDown removal guide

1. Launch the program Mozilla Firefox.
2. At Firefox main screen, type about:config in the address bar. If it shows a warning, "This might void your warranty!" please click "I'll be carefull, I promise!"
3. Firefox will display a list of entire preferences including those that were modified by DealDropDown.

Firefox About:Config

4. In the Search field, type the name of malware. Then, right-click and Reset values for found Preferences.

NOTE: To represent DealDropDown, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that DealDropDown may use other names or terms such as the following: 215 Apps

Firefox Search Preference

Note: Proceed only with this fix if DealDropDown has modified your home page or if the browser keeps on redirecting to unknown web sites.

5. Navigate to top menu and click on Tools, the click Options.
6. On General Tab, under Home Page, type the desired address or simply click Restore to Default. Click OK to save the settings. This will reverse the changes made by DealDropDown on your home page.

Firefox Home Page

Procedures to delete DealDropDown Extensions from Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools and select Add-ons from the list. You can also press CtrlShift+A on your keyboard to access this option.
3. Once the Add-ons manager is open, select Extensions from the sidebar.

Remove Add-on in Firefox

NOTE: To represent DealDropDown, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that DealDropDown may use other names or terms such as the following: 215 Apps

4. Find the unknown add-on and click on Remove button. Click OK to save the settings.
5. Please restart Firefox to complete the process.

Procedure 5 : GOOGLE CHROME - DealDropDown removal procedure

Delete DealDropDown extension from Google Chrome:

1. Launch the program Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Wrench or 3-Bars icon on top right corner of the browser.
3. Choose Settings from the drop down list. It will open a window containing Google Chrome settings.
4. Click on Extensions of the left side bar to display all installed extensions.

Remove Extension in Chrome

NOTE: To represent DealDropDown, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that DealDropDown may use other names or terms such as the following: 215 Apps

5. On the right panel of the window, Disable/Delete (Trash) DealDropDown extensions.
6. Close the current window and restart Google Chrome.

Protect your PC from DealDropDown or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection

With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.

Chrome Security Settings

6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

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