Is your computer flooded with a number of DealScout pop-up ads? What causes this problem? Have you tried several ways to deal with these annoying pop-up ads but did not gain positive results? No worries, the following removal guide will be helpful for you. Please continue reading.
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What Cause DealScout Pop-up Ads?
It is a normal phenomenon that you occasionally receive pop-up ads while browsing the web. However, if your computer is flooded by DealScout pop-up ads, it may be a symptom of an adware infection on your PC and the name of the adware is “DealScout”. Like many other types of adware, this adware is created to get installed on users’ computers and display a lot of commercial ads on users’ browsers. These ads may appear in various forms, from relatively noninvasive in-text links shown in search result page, to very annoying pop-up windows that keep coming up on the web pages that users are viewing. But these ads have one thing in common that they are usually distinguished from other ads with words like “Ads by DealScout”, “Brought by DealScout” or “Powered by DealScout”. Here is a screenshot of the ads delivered by this adware.
How Can DealScout Enter Your PC and How to Avoid It?
Similar to other adware like Magical Find, GraphiteGrips and LaSuperba, this adware often enters your computer stealthily by being bundled with other software, especially those free applications. It can be injected into some freeware and get installed with or without your knowledge when you download and install the desired software on your PC. To avoid installing this adware as well as other type of malware like browser hijacker, you should only download software from reliable sources. Besides, you need to pay attention during the installation process and don’t just click on Next, Next, Next blindly. Even though you have downloaded the software from some reputable download sites such as CNET, BrotherSoft, Softonic, and FreewareFiles, you would get potentially unwanted programs installed on your PC. It is suggested that you choose the Custom or Advanced mode when installing software and carefully read the words in each window, so that you can deselect any unwanted program. Take the following as example, if you choose the Custom Installation mode, you can deselect the unwanted program (Skin Pack DB) with checking therelated boxes. But if you opt the Quick Installation mode, you will install Skin Pack DB toolbar, search engine and homepage by default.
What Threats Can Be Posed by DealScout?
(1) It may bring other malware on your PC. As we have mentioned above, this adware can display a number of ads on your browser. By clicking on these ads, you will be redirected to various websites that promote certain products or services. Some of those sites may contain malicious codes, and as soon as you visit them, you may get malware downloaded on your computer unwittingly.
(2) It may compromise your privacy. Other than displaying annoying ads, this adware will collect your personal information, such as system version, browser type, IP address, and online behaviors. This information may be sent to a remote server and illegally used by the creators of the adware. Generally, this information is sold to the advertisers and acts as the important basis for creating ads that may interest you.
(3) It may hinder you from surfing the internet properly. This adware may modify your DNS settings and browser settings without any permission, which causes your browsers to be redirected to websites that you have no intention to visit. Besides, it may install unknown toolbars on your browser that may lead to problems like browser crashing.
How Can You Remove DealScout Adware Completely?
When installed on your computer, this adware may place its related components such as program, files and registry entries in your system. Additionally, it will get installed on your browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as an extension. Therefore, if you want to completely get rid of this adware, you need to delete all its related components from your PC.
There are two ways for you to remove this adware from your computer – the manual removal way and the automatic removal way. The former way means that you have to find out and remove all related components of the adware on your own; the latter one means that you need to use a malware removal tool to automatically detect and delete all components of the adware. You can choose one of the ways to remove DealScout adware according to your own situation.
Option 1: Automatically remove the adware with a tool (Recommended).
Although I have been a computer user for over 10 years and have accumulated a lot experience in dealing with malware, I still prefer to remove threats on my computer with a tool rather than do it on my own in consideration of effectiveness and safety. I think most of users have the same thought with me. So, if it seems difficult for you to remove the adware manually, you can try the automatic removal way (directly download a tool here).
Automatic removal guide:
To automatically get rid of the adware, you can download and install one of the tools introduced below on your computer. Then you can run the tool to perform a full system scan so as to detect all components related to the adware and further remove them from your PC.
These tools have been proved to be able effectively remove DealScout adware as well as other malware like browser hijackers, Trojans, viruses, worms, rootkits and more. Now you can follow the steps below to perform an automatic removal of the adware.
If you choose SpyHunter:
Free download SpyHunter installer-exe on your PC.
Double click on the downloaded file and click Run.
Select your preferred language and click OK.
Keep following the wizard until you finish the setup. Click Exit when the Setup Successful window appears.
SpyHunter now will run automatically and begin to download its latest update. Just allow it to do so.
Once the update is done, click on Scan Computer Now button to scan your system for hidden threats. Wait until the scanning process is over.
After that, you will be shown all detected threats in a list. To remove all these threats, click on the Fix Threats button.
Warm tips: The free version of SpyHunter will only scan for threats. If you want to remove all detected threats, you need to upgrade to the registered version.
If you choose Malwarebytes:
Download Malwarebytes setup file by clicking here.
Double click the icon named “mbam-setup” to run it.
Now the Select Setup Language dialog box will appear. Select your preferred language and click OK.
When the Malwarebytes’ Setup Wizard window appears, click Next button.
Then keep following the wizard to finish the installation. In the last step, check the boxes labeled “Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium” and “Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware” and click Finish.
Then Malwarebytes will be launched and you can start performing a full system scan by clicking the Scan Now button.
Now, Malwarebytes is scanning your system for threats, and you need to wait for a moment.
After the scanning comes to an end, you can remove all detected threats by clicking on the Remove Selected button.
If you choose Max Spyware Detector:
Click here to download Max Spyware Detector Manager file.
Run the downloaded file to download Max Spyware Detector setup file.
Then, run the setup file and follow the setup wizard to install Max Spyware Detector on your computer.
Once the installation is done, this program will run automatically and start scanning your system for threats.
When the scan is completed, you can click on Fix Issues Now button to remove the threats detected from your computer.
Warm tips: The unregistered version of Max Spyware Detector doesn’t support the threat removal. If you want to clear all threats completely, you need to upgrade to the registered version.
Option 2: Manually remove the adware in several steps (Advanced users only).
Kindly reminder: To manually remove the adware, it requires you to be experienced and skillful in computer operation, especially deleting files and registry entries. If any mistakes occur during the removal process may lead to irreparable system damage. Therefore, you should not attempt the manual removal way unless you are an advanced computer user. For the sake of safety, it is highly recommended to use a reliable malware removal tool to clean up DealScout adware.
Manual removal guide:
Step 1: Remove the adware related program via Windows uninstall utility.
Click “Start” button, and click “Control Panel”.
Click “Add or Remove Programs” and you will see all programs installed on your PC.
Find and select the adware related program, and click on the “Change/Remove” or “Remove” button to remove it.
Click Start button, and select “Control Panel”.
Locate “Programs” and click on the “Uninstall a program” link under it. This will open a window that shows all your installed programs.
Look for any suspicious program, select it and click on the Uninstall button to remove it from your computer.
Move mouse cursor to the upper-right corner of the screen, and click Search.
In the search box, type “control panel”, and then click “Control Panel” when it appears under the search box.
Locate and click Programs and Features. A window will open and show all programs installed on your computer.
Search for the program associated with the adware, and then click Uninstall.
Step 2: Remove all files related to the adware.
Open the local hard disk C, go to the folder of Program Files.
Look for any folder named by “Deal Scout”, right click it and click the Delete option.
You also need to clear all your Temporary Internet files:
You can click Start button, click Control Panel, and then double-click Internet Options.
Under the General tab, click Delete then click Delete Files in the Temporary Internet Files tab in the next window.
Or you can directly navigate to this location: C:Users[yourusername]AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files to delete all temporary internet files.
Step 3: Remove all registry entries created by the adware.
Open the registry editor by pressing the Windows key + R key, typing “regedit” into the Open field, and clicking OK.
When the registry editor opens, follow this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_Software to look for if there is a folder with name “DealScout”. If there is, right click it and click the Delete option.
Then, follow these paths look for if there any entries related to the adware. If you find some, delete them.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionexplorerBrowser Helper Objects
Step 4: Remove DealScout from your browsers.
Run Internet Explorer browser.
Click on Tools or the gear icon in the top right corner of the browser window and then select Manage add-ons.
Click Toolbars and Extensions, then find the add-on related to the adware on the right side and click on Remove button.
Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
Click the Open menu (3-bar icon) in the top right corner and click Add-ons.
Click Extensions to show all installed extensions on your browser.
If you find any extension related to the adware, delete it by clicking on the Remove button.
Open Google Chrome browser.
Click the Chrome menu (3-bar icon) on the top right corner, select More tools and click Extensions.
In the open window, find and remove the adware related extension by clicking on the recycle bin icon next to it.
Note that the manual removal does not always ensure a complete removal of DealScout, since you may not be able to find out and delete all of its related files and registry entries. When installed on your computer, this adware may deep hide some of its files, especially its core files in your system. If you fail to find out and delete these files, it will be able to come back after your remove it and restart your computer.
Because of this, using a professional malware removal is highly recommended. A professional malware removal tool can thoroughly scan your system for any malicious files and registry entries. Then, you can easily delete them from your PC within a click of mouse! SpyHunter is such a powerful malware removal tool that will satisfy your needs. Now you can click the download button below to get this tool downloaded on your machine!
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