What is DealBrowsing?
DealBrowsing is a browser extension and desktop app developed by Visicom Media Inc. It promises to deliver relevant coupon ads to Internet users who visit online shopping websites.
Whilst this browser add-on and desktop app is not malicious, many computer users refer to it as the 'DealBrowsing virus' or adware - an association made since DealBrowsing may install on users' computers along with free software downloaded from the Internet.
This software marketing method is called 'bundling' and is used by many popular download websites in order to monetize their free software services.
To avoid installation of DealBrowsing and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), Internet users should express caution when downloading and installing free software. When dealing with freeware, always closely inspect each download and installation step, ensuring you uncheck any option suggesting installation of additional programs or browser add-ons.
Avoid using the 'Typical' and 'Quick' options, since these often lead to installation of unwanted programs and redirect issues. Note that DealBrowsing also causes browser redirects to MyStart (www2.mystart.com). Reckless installation of this browser add-on will lead to modified Internet browser settings (homepage and default search engine).
This browser add-on and app is not a computer virus, and it does not pose serious security issues, however, if you feel that DealBrowsing was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate it from your computer and your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox).
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- What is DealBrowsing?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Anti-phishing Domain Advisor and DealBrowsing Toolbar applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Mystart redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Mystart browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Mystart homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Mystart redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
DealBrowsing Toolbar (coupon ads) 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 "Anti-phishing Domain Advisor", "DealBrowsing" and "DealBrowsing Toolbar", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling the DealBrowsing toolbar (which causes unwanted coupon ads and browser redirects to www2.mystart.com), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
DealBrowsing Toolbar (coupon ads) removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "DealBrowsingToolbar" (Visicom Media Inc.), select them and click "Remove".
To change your homepage from www2.mystart.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove www2.mystart.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "MyStart".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dealbrowsing ads, 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:
To change your homepage from www2.mystart.com to you preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over www2.mystart.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Yahoo! Search" (www2.mystart.com) and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dealbrowsing ads, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "DealBrowsing Toolbar".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove www2.mystart.com and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with dealbrowsing ads 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 dealbrowsing ads, 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.
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