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DonutLeads Description and Removal

donutleads-site.In case you have seen advertisements associated with the name DonutLeads, there is a good chance that you have this potentially unwanted software installed on your computer. The program is believed to be a legitimate tool to help users choose the best service for the job they need to be done. In reality, online security investigators classify the program as a PUP since it is believed to interrupt the browsing process by displaying various ads from unknown sources.

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DonutLeads – How Does It Work?

Programs such as DonutLeads may situate itself on user machines via a very widely used method, called bundling. This method includes DonutLeads in the setup program of another freeware software that an average user downloads from the web. Some websites that provide free software may use bundling to generate profits, without actually thinking on what exactly they bundle.

Once DonutLeads has been installed on the user PC it may do several different actions to the user PC:

  • Modify the text in a website and create hotlinks embedded in that text that lead to third-party sites.
  • Situate LSOs and other types of cookies to track users’ browser searches, clicks and other interests and display ads based on it.
  • Display random pop-ups that lead to unknown sites. Sometimes some pop-ups may display malvertising.
  • Redirect to survey pages that may collect different user information, falsely promising compensations of some sort.
  • Cause PC slowdowns by running background processes in the Windows Task Manager.
  • Situate registry keys that may modify settings that make it harder to erase.

This unwanted program may be created with the sole purpose of generating profits through advertisements for its authors. There are several ways for them to do this, and they are all connected with pay-per-click schemes and profit-generating affiliate strategies. Sometimes developers create several different applications that drive traffic to the same websites as parts of contracts. What is risky for the user is that sometimes such sites may be dangerous for their computer. Scams such as fake surveys, fake tech support, rogue antivirus programs that may be malware, viruses, adware PUPs in the form of critical updates are just a small part of the risks that third-party sites pose.
Also, when we examined the software’s website, we have found that it collects and shares user information with third parties:



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This is why security experts recommend for the user to:

  • Use international databases that check the validity of sites.
  • Stay informed on the latest threats and their methods of infection.
  • Always check the types of cookies on a web page (active or session).
  • Develop slow and methodological clicking habits.
  • Use the necessary antimalware software that will ensure active protection.

DonutLeads Removal Manual

Programs, such as DonutLeads may be tricky to remove if done manually. What should be done is to follow the step-by-step uninstallation guide below to restore your PC to the previous state. Since PUPs have the nasty habits of leaving traces of files on the user PC, concealed in various directories, a professional anti-malware program should be used. It will make sure all of those traces of the program are eradicated and do not affect the computer in any way. Another benefit of having a reputable anti-malware tool is the active and automatic protection it will provide.

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1. Remove/Uninstall DonutLeads

1. Remove/Uninstall DonutLeads in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall DonutLeads.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove DonutLeads from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select DonutLeads and click “Remove


    After DonutLeads is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate DonutLeads and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After DonutLeads is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select DonutLeads to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After DonutLeads has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on DonutLeads
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall DonutLeads. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the DonutLeads will be removed.

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    Boyana Peeva

    Boyana Peeva

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