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 Dogpile(.)com |
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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.