Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Diamondata removal guide
Diamondata is a browser add-on which promises to enhance Internet user's browsing experience by adding several features (inline text and multi-site searching, related search results, comparison shopping, special offers and coupons, website ratings and reviews) to their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox). While such added functionality may seem legitimate many computer users refer to Diamondata as a virus or malware - such negative associations originate from the fact that this browser plug-in installs on user's computers without their consent (together with free software downloaded from the Internet), moreover it generates intrusive ads labeled "Diamondata Ads" and "Powered by Diamondata".
This browser extension is being distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling, thus many Internet users feel that they have been tricked into installing this potentially unwanted browser add-on. Computer users should know that nowadays the majority of free software download websites are using download clients which offer installation (some in a very deceptive way) of additional software (most commonly browsers plugins) together with the chosen freeware. To avoid installation of Diamondata or similar adware always pay close attention when downloading free software - if your download is managed by some download client be sure to decline installation of promoted applications.
Diamondata is not a virus or malware, it can be categorized as being a potentially unwanted application or adware. This browser plugin is similar to other unwanted browser extensions which are being distributed using free software downloads, for example Web Connect, SaltarSmart, Rolimno and many other. Diamondata doesn't add any real value to Internet browsers, it generates intrusive ads and may lead to serious malware and privacy issues. To remove this adware from your Internet browsers use the provided removal guide.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window look for "diamondata", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Diamondata scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Diamondata from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Diamondata from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "diamondata" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of Diamondata you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Diamondata from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "diamondata" select it and click on a trash can icon.
If Diamondata extension is greyed out and you can't remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled") please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove Diamondata from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Diamondata". (At the time of testing, the extension in Mozilla FireFox was named "Web Layers")
If you are having problems with the removal of Diamondata you can reset you Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.