Also Known As: Dsparking Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Low
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Dsparking.com - how to remove browser redirect to this website?
What is Dsparking.com?
The Dsparking.com website is a directory containing entries related to health, games, auto, etc. The website alone is not malicious, however, the owners employ some deceptive promotion techniques. Often, Internet users are redirected to this website without their consent. Such redirection is caused by malicious software and Trojans, and therefore, using the Dsparking.com website is not recommended. Furthermore, the site is known to collate users' personal information and sell it to third parties. This situation can lead to identity theft and other privacy-related issues.
If you encounter frequent redirects to Dsparking.com, check your computer for security-related issues, since these redirects are often caused by Trojan infections. Leaving this malware on your computer could lead to serious problems. Your computer may be infected with Trojans whilst visiting malicious websites, opening infected email attachments, or using P2P networks. Redirects to Dsparking.com are not desirable and related to malware infections.
Browser redirects are commonly related to malware or unwanted browser add-ons. To avoid these problems, carefully check each installation window of any free software you choose to download. Internet browser plug-ins often modify your browser homepage to dubious websites. Always use antivirus and antispyware programs to protect your Internet browsing. If your computer is infected with the Dsparking.com browser hijacker, use this removal guide to eliminate it.
- What is Dsparking.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Dsparking.com application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Dsparking.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Dsparking.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Dsparking.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Dsparking.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".
In the uninstall programs window: look for “Dsparking.com”, select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After removing Dsparking.com redirect, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Dsparking.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Check for Dsparking.com related extensions: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Dsparking.com related entries and disable them.
To change your homepage from Dsparking.com to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove Dsparking.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dsparking.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Dsparking.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate entries related to Dsparking.com, select them and click the trash can icon.
To change your homepage from Dsparking.com to your preferred domain - click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over the unwanted URL and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dsparking.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Dsparking.com redirect from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable any entries related to Dsparking.com.
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove Dsparking.com and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with dsparking.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window, click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Dsparking.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Dsparking.com Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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