|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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove DealWifi from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of DealWifi on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove DealWifi in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase DealWifi from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall DealWifi from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove DealWifi from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate DealWifi from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable DealWifi Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove DealWifi from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DealWifi
Step 2: Uninstall DealWifi and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by DealWifi on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by DealWifi there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of DealWifi from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall DealWifi and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove DealWifi via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove DealWifi files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as DealWifi, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove DealWifi from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase DealWifi from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall DealWifi from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove DealWifi from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the DealWifi will be removed.
Eliminate DealWifi from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by DealWifi from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".