|Type||Browser Hijacker, Adware, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may have his homepage changed without his approval. Sets a custom search engine and a custom new tab. The user may have installed the application without his approval.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, Freeware installers, Browser extensions|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By DealWifi|
“DealWifi” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on your computer it will attach itself to your browser, change the homepage, search engine and set a custom new tab. The user may be redirected to unwanted sites and may be shown different advertisements.
DealWifi – How Did I Get It?
The “DealWifi” malware usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your consent, by concealing itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “DealWifi”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” option in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.
DealWifi New Tab – In Detail
The “DealWifi” application is a browser hijacker and can also be classified as an adware. The program claims to be able to turn your computer into a Wifi Hotspot and provide “Free Wifi”, plus the best networking security, but in fact it does neither. Once installed, the application may corrupt various Windows settings, including start-up and registry entries. After “DealWifi” is being run on your machine, you will see a window with a username and password which are filled for you, and a button “Start Wifi”. Once clicked, the program will claim you have a missing “LAN Adapter/Driver” and the button changes to “Re-start Wifi”. Clicking the button again and again does nothing and will not get the program to work.
Whether it is installed via its official download page or through various freeware installers, once “DealWifi” is on your computer, it will start doing unwanted activities. It may also install a browser extension app called “Search app by Dealwifi” It may set the homepage of your browser to “mystart.dealwifi.com”, set a custom new tab “DEALWifi” and change the search engine to “mystart.dealwifi.com/search”.
Making these changes to your browsers “DealWifi” is redirecting you to its affiliate websites and pages, which may happen via pop-up, banner and other ads. (Some of them might even say things like “Ads by DealWifi”, “Powered by DealWifi”, “DealWifi Ads”). That generates traffic to those pages and brings money to the developers of the adware, by pay-per-click revenue. The developers are RAFO Technology INC and they have also developed another hijacker – the “Mustang Browser”, for which we have written an article about in the past.
“DealWifi” may also collect different information about you like your search queries, websites you visited, your IP address, what have you clicked on and etc. The developers may share the gathered data with third parties who can use it to generate more revenue.
Remove DealWifi Completely
To remove “DealWifi” manually from your system, be sure to follow the step-by-step removal guide provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this malware completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats you may encounter in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall DealWifi 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall DealWifi.
Step 2: Remove DealWifi from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select DealWifi and click “Remove”
After DealWifi is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select DealWifi 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 DealWifi has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on DealWifi
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall DealWifi. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the DealWifi will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove DealWifi.
Removing DealWifi from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing DealWifi from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove DealWifi.
Step 4: Remove DealWifi automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all DealWifi associated objects.