Dogpile(.)com is a website with a search engine that is also a browser hijacker. The unwanted program operates by changing browser settings, such as your homepage, search engine, and new tab. Toolbars, extensions, and other features might be set in your browsers. Adverts and third party content can be displayed when you browse. To remove this browser hijacker, plus all its files, you should read the whole article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Browsers on your PC have modified settings – the homepage, search engine and the new tab.|
|Symptoms||You could be linked to other sites from the hijacker when you are browsing. You could see third party content and ads generated affiliates of the hijacker.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Dogpile(.)com.|
Dogpile(.)com – Methods of Distribution
Dogpile can be distributed mainly with third-party installation setups. A bundle package or a free software setup could install the hijacker. By default, freeware installers have additional content selected for installation which can be hidden. The unwanted software can install and change settings without you noticing before it is done. To prevent such unneeded installs of programs, find Custom or Advanced menus, so you may deselect components.
Another distribution method for the Dogpile hijacker can be via advertisements, pop-ups or banners. Visiting websites with bad reputation can have redirects and also spread the hijacker. Such websites might be affiliated with Dogpile(.)com. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Dogpile(.)com – A Closer Look
Dogpile(.)com is the official site and search engine of the browser hijacker Dogpile – a product of the company InfoSpace.
In the image above you see the Dogpile(.)com browser hijacker’s main website page. If programs associated with it are on your computer machine, then you will notice changes in the settings of your browsers. The homepage, the new tab, and search engine too will get modified. Some toolbar or sidebar could be added as extensions in your browser applications.
A browser add-on tied to Dogpile might be installed as well. More related apps might be present on your PC, which could be helping the hijacker to take over your browsers and modify settings. Such add-ons usually come bundled with free software. Extensions may link you to websites which are affiliates of Dogpile(.)com through redirecting techniques.
In the picture shown above, you can see the search results page of Dogpile. You can view that advertising and third party content is displayed. Lots of the advertisements are in the form of in-text ads, redirects, targeted links and some others.
Dogpile(.)com and its search engine will act as a filter for all your search data. Each time you write something in the search bar of the hijacker, information can be sent to the hijacker’s servers. There the information will be collected and stored. It can be anything from your email address to personal information and browsing habits. So, be careful what you type and what search queries you make.
The following information may be collected:
- Your Email address
- Your name
- Your IP address
- Referral data
- The type of your browser
- Platform type
- Date and time you visited the product
- Your search terms
- Links you click on
Inside the Policy is written clearly that, browsing the Dogpile(.)com site and using any related products gives your consent to have your personal data collected. Cookies are used by the hijacker as well. Third parties can insert cookies, perform user activity tracking and display content and advertisements. Stored data may be shared if certain circumstances arise, for example, when required by law. Also, if the company is sold, all personal information that is stored will be sold with it.
Remove Dogpile(.)com Completely from Your PC
To remove Dogpile(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Dogpile(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Dogpile(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Dogpile(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Dogpile(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Dogpile(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Dogpile(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Dogpile(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Dogpile(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Dogpile(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall Dogpile(.)com 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 Dogpile(.)com 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 Dogpile(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Dogpile(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Dogpile(.)com 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 Dogpile(.)com 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Dogpile(.)com 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 Dogpile(.)com 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 Dogpile(.)com 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 Dogpile(.)com 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 Dogpile(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate Dogpile(.)com 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.