How to remove Dounty.com Browser Hijacker
What is Dounty.com:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
Dounty.com or Dounty.com Pop-Up Ads is a browser hijacker, which could take over some functions of your web browsers by redirecting you to unwanted pages or allowing various questionable messages to appear in pop-up or pop below form. The Dounty.com hijacker may also automatically load as your default starting home page in some instances. Dounty.com loads unwanted advertisements on a random webpage that you visit. The PUP will show ads into all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see different pop-ups, banners, search suggestions, sponsored link advertisements displayed on popular pages. You might also see a little button referring you to similar products which will be offered by the PUP. The search results can also be altered, displaying information loaded with spam and third-party advertising.
Dounty.com is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. The possible distribution of Dounty.com varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using a Professional Malware Removal Software – SpyHunter4.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Dounty.com Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Dounty.com and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find Install Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or to purchase the full version to perform an automatic removal and also to receive free professional help with any malware related queries by their technical support department.
Manual Dounty.com Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Dounty.com Browser Hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. Remove Dounty.com Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs’ List for any entry related to Dounty.com, Search.searchfdf.com, Search.searchtrmypa.com, GoSecurity.com, Crvlck.com,Newpage16.site, C.cldlr.com, Search.searchlson.com, P.Algovid.com, Ghostify, PC Backup 360, 2345.com,2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, BrowseAir,BetterSurf, Bestadblocker, DNS Unlocker, Down.baidu2016.com, Esurf.biz, Freemake Video Converter, Froovr,FunDay24.ru, Facts Right, GamesFlight, GenieGamer, High Stair,Home.searchlf.com, Hohosearch.com, Ludashi, Liveadexchanger.com, Mass Sea, Martian Arcade, MPC Cleaner, Magical Find, NewPopTab.com, N121adserv.com, OurWebSearch.com, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net,Pixel.adsafeprotected.com, Ps4ux.com, Price Fountain,Startab.me, Syndication.exoclick.com, StartGo123.com, Safebrowsing.biz, SafeSurfs.com,Search.Instantemail.com, Search.Yourcurrentnewsnow.com, Search.kuklorest.com, SearchPile.com, Search Passage, Smartyads, StartNewTab.com, Smartsputnik.ru, Searchguide.level3.com, Shopperz, Sonic Train, Space Sound Pro, SafeSaver, TrustedSurf, TTWifi Adware, YeaBests.cc, YoutubeAdBlocker, Vertech Ads, ViceIce.com, Z.moatads.com or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove Dounty.com from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart it in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and remove the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menuand select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and then will reset. When it’s done, the imported information will be listed in a window. ClickFinish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by Dounty.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Dounty.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts in order to force-load its home page. This causes the Dounty.com`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Dounty.com uses in order to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders or files related to Dounty.com by checking the following locations: