Prizedeal redirect removal instructions
What is Prizedeal?
Prizedeal is a rogue, untrustworthy website. When opened, it forces people to visit other websites of this kind or displays dubious content. There are many similar websites on the internet including lurunews[.]biz, highertpushs[.]com, and tripflag[.]info to name just some examples. Generally, these websites are opened by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on the system. Typically, people download and install PUAs inadvertently. Furthermore, PUAs track users' browsing activity and/or serve various advertisements.
Depending on the visitor's IP address when Prizedeal is visited, it opens a number (2-3) of other dubious pages or displays dubious content. Websites of this type redirect visitors to other potentially malicious sites - web pages that advertise unwanted apps, and so on. In any case, it is not safe to visit Prizedeal or other sites of this type. The website can often trick people into allowing it to show notifications. Typically, these websites use the 'clickbait' technique. For example, they ask for age verification to prove that visitors are not robots, and so on. In this case, visitors are asked to click the "Click Here to Continue" button. If clicked, it gives Prizedeal permission to show notifications (unwanted ads, and other dubious content). Furthermore, apps that force browsers to open websites such as Prizedeal usually also gather various details. They often target data such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, etc, however, some PUAs might be used to collect sensitive, personal information as well. People behind these apps (developers) share the details with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse the data to generate revenue. Some PUAs might be designed to display unwanted ads. If clicked, these redirect people to untrustworthy websites or download/install other unwanted apps. Typically, displayed ads conceal underlying content of visited websites. Examples of these ads are banners, coupons, surveys, pop-up ads, etc. To avoid possible issues relating to browsing safety, privacy, and even identity theft, we recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||184.108.40.206|
|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, potentially unwanted applications (adware).|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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In most cases, PUAs are useless and do not operate as advertised (even though developers offer various 'useful features'). They are designed only to help developers to generate revenue by forcing people to visit untrustworthy websites and displaying intrusive ads. Do not download or install apps of this type, and remove those already installed.
How did adware install on my computer?
People usually download and install PUAs by clicking intrusive ads displayed on dubious web pages, or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs with other, regular software. In summary, developers include unwanted apps into the set-ups of other programs and hope that people will fail to dismiss offers to download/install them. These offers can usually be found in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", and other similar settings of the download or installation set-ups. Unfortunately, people often download and install software without changing these settings, thereby granting permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed by default.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Software should be downloaded from official websites, especially if it is free. Do not download or install through third party downloaders or installers, torrents, eMule, other Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, and so on. Check all download and installation setups, including "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar settings/options. Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted apps. If clicked, intrusive ads can redirect to untrustworthy websites or cause download/installation of unwanted applications. Remove any unwanted entries (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons, etc.) installed on the browser. The same should be applied to software that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of Prizedeal website (GIF):
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is Prizedeal?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Prizedeal redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the prizedeal pop-up, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the prizedeal pop-up, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with prizedeal pop-up 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 prizedeal pop-up, 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 prizedeal pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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