SlikDealer removal instructions
What is SlikDealer?
Developers present SlikDealer as a legitimate application that supposedly saves time and money by providing shopping coupons and notifications of special deals/discounts available within online shops. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app infiltrates systems without permission. Furthermore, SlikDealer feeds users with intrusive advertisements and collects sensitive data. For these reasons, SlikDealer is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
Immediately after infiltration, SlikDealer employs tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. These tools are used to deliver intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.) and conceal visited website content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, displayed ads can redirect to rogue websites (that contain malicious content) and run scripts that download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, even a single click might result in high-risk computer infections. Information tracking is also an issue. As with other regular adware, SlikDealer continually records sensitive information (e.g., IP addresses, websites visited, search queries, and so on). The collected information might contain confidential details. Aware of this, developers sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, data tracking/sharing can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly advise you to uninstall SlikDealer adware and scan the entire system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite to remove all remnants.
|Name||Slik Dealer adware|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
SlikDealer is identical to Alpha Shoppers, Mommys Offers, Total Deal Search, and a number of other potentially unwanted programs. All offer identical functionality, however, none provide any real value. SlikDealer and these other applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. They promise to deliver "useful features", but these are merely attempts to trick users to install. These programs generate intrusive ads and gather sensitive information, thereby posing a threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did SlikDealer install on my computer?
SlikDealer has an official download website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, SlikDealer often infiltrates systems without permission. Developers proliferate SlikDealer using the "bundling" method together with intrusive ads. "Bundling" is stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular (typically, free) software/apps. Developers do not disclose installation of "bundled" apps properly. They hide them within "Custom/Advanced" options or other sections of the download/installation procedures. Rushing these procedures, skipping steps, and clicking various ads often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications, such as SlikDealer.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent this situation, be very careful when browsing the Internet and, especially when downloading/installing software. Be aware that intrusive advertisements look legitimate, however, they redirect to dubious websites (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on). In most cases, the ads are delivered by adware-type applications. Therefore, if you encounter them, remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins immediately. Select "Custom/Advanced" download/installation settings, closely observe each step, and cancel all additionally-included programs. We also strongly recommend that you download applications from official sources only, preferably using direct download links. Third party download/installation tools are used to proliferate ("bundle") PUPs and, thus, should not be used. The key to computer safety is caution.
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- What is SlikDealer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SlikDealer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SlikDealer adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SlikDealer ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by SlikDealer' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SlikDealer extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SlikDealer adware 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 10 and 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.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "SlikDealer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes SlikDealer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove SlikDealer adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "SlikDealer", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the slik dealer adware, 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "SlikDealer New Tab", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the slik dealer adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "SlikDealer".
Computer users who have problems with slik dealer adware 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the slik dealer adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove slik dealer adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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