Diamondata Ads

Also Known As: Diamondata Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
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Diamondata removal guide

What is Diamondata?

The Diamondata browser add-on claims to enhance Internet users' 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). Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, many computer users refer to Diamondata as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since this browser plug-in installs on users' computers without their consent together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Furthermore, it generates intrusive ads labelled 'Diamondata Ads' and 'Powered by Diamondata'.

This browser extension is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and many Internet users report that they have been tricked into installing this potentially unwanted browser add-on. Users should be aware that, today, the majority of free software download websites use 'download clients', which offer installation (some in a deceptive way) of additional software (commonly, browser 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 a download client, ensure that you decline installation of promoted applications.

Diamondata

Diamondata is not a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as potentially unwanted application or adware. This browser plugin is similar to other unwanted browser extensions distributed using free software downloads, inluding Web Connect, SaltarSmart, Rolimno, and many others. Diamondata adds no real value to Internet browsers, generates intrusive ads, and may lead to serious malware and privacy issues. To remove this adware from your Internet browser/s, use the removal guide provided.

Quick menu:

Diamondata removal:

Windows 7 users:

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Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:

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Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

Windows 8 users:

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Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

Diamondata uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "diamondata", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling Diamondata, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Remove Diamondata from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove Diamondata from Internet Explorer:

Diamondata removal from Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "diamondata" and disable it.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Diamondata, 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 on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.

Google Chrome logoRemove Diamondata from Google Chrome:

Diamondata removal from Google Chrome

 

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "diamondata" select it and click the trash can icon.

If the Diamondata extension is greyed-out and you cannot 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?

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of Diamondata add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Diamondata from Mozilla FireFox:

Diamondata removal from Mozilla Firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Diamondata". (At time of testing, the extension within Mozilla FireFox was named "Web Layers")

Optional method:

If you have problems with the removal of Diamondata, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menufirefox menu iconin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" iconfirefox help menu then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.

Summary:

Diamondata Ads is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.

Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Diamondata Ads distribution:

Free software download clients used in adware distribution

To avoid installation of Diamondata Ads be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:

Using decline button to avoid installation of adware

When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:

Using custom installation when downloading free software
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Diamondata Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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