What is Domain Quality?
Domain Quality is a rogue browser extension promoted as a tool for quickly checking a website's reputation. This piece of software operates as adware, i.e., runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. Additionally, since most users download/install adware-type products inadvertently, they are also categorized as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Domain Quality adware in detail
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons, etc.) - on any visited website and/or different interfaces. The delivered intrusive adverts diminish the browsing experience and pose threats to device/user safety. These ads promote various untrustworthy and malicious websites. Furthermore, once clicked on, some intrusive advertisements can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user consent.
What is more, Domain Quality has data tracking abilities, which is typical of adware. Targeted information includes: browsing and search engine histories, IP addresses, personally identifiable details, and so forth. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Domain Quality|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Domain Quality|
|Supposed Functionality||Tool for checking the reputation of websites|
|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)||
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Adware in general
Stocks Info, Refresh All Tabs, and BettingSiteDefender are a couple examples of adware. This software looks legitimate and offers "handy" functionalities, which are seldom operational. In fact, this applies to PUAs as well. Unwanted apps can have harmful abilities, e.g., delivering intrusive ad campaigns, force-opening dubious and dangerous sites, hijacking browsers, and gathering private data.
How did Domain Quality install on my computer?
Select PUAs (e.g., Domain Quality) have "official" promotional/download webpages. When clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. PUAs are also distributed using the "bundling" marketing method - packing ordinary software with unwanted/malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software and always download from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled and hazardous content.
Download/Installation processes must be treated with care. Hence, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and decline downloading/installing any supplements. Intrusive adverts appear harmless, yet they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay. If your computer is already infected with Domain Quality, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Website used to promote the Domain Quality adware:
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- What is Domain Quality?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Domain Quality application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Domain Quality ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Domain Quality' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Domain Quality extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Domain Quality adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Domain Quality", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Domain Quality ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Domain Quality adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Domain Quality", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by domain quality, 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 plugins 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 "Domain Quality".
Computer users who have problems with ads by domain quality 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 ads by domain quality, 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 ads by domain quality from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware installed onto a device can diminish the browsing quality and system performance. The Domain Quality adware has data tracking abilities, which makes it a threat to user privacy. Furthermore, the content (e.g., sites, apps, etc.) promoted through adware-displayed advertisements can be malicious.
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It is designed to display various adverts.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Developers of this software generate profit by promoting various websites and applications. Commission may be gained from ad clicks, site visits, product purchases, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Domain Quality adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate all adware-type apps. Due to potential file leftovers - manual removal of adware may not be ideal. In some cases, even if the software itself is deleted, some of its components might remain and continue running.