What is Deal Dropper?
Created by Engaging Apps, Deal Dropper is a browser add-on claiming to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, displaying discounts/special offers available on shopping websites, and providing other similar functionality. Although this browser add-on may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that it is considered to be adware.
Deal Dropper employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent.
Following successful infiltration, Deal Dropper generates various intrusive online advertisements including banner, interstitial, sponsored link, text-link, pop-up, and targeted video ads. There is a high probability that clicking these ads will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since this rogue browser extension records various software and hardware information such as search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, cookies, IP addresses, geo-locations, unique identifier numbers, and other similar details, which may be personally identifiable.
This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and therefore, users are advised to uninstall Deal Dropper from their Internet browsers. During research, this potentially unwanted application was distributed via free software 'download managers' (on freeware download websites) and fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.)
Deal Dropper is similar to other rogue browser plug-ins (for example, Coupon Lasso, Savings Season, and DropIntoDeals), which claim to improve users' Internet browsing experience by enabling certain functions. Neither Deal Dropper, nor any of these other browser plug-ins add any real value for users.
Commonly, users inadvertently install adware such as Deal Dropper during the download of free software via download managers on freeware download websites (for example, download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com)
Most of these websites employ small programs called 'download clients' to monetize their free services by offering installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of free software usually results in adware or malware infections.
This situation can be prevented by paying close attention when downloading freeware and never accepting installation of any additional programs offered. If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
Internet users who have already installed Deal Dropper and observe "Ads by Deal Dropper" advertisements when surfing the Internet, should follow this removal guide to eliminate Deal Dropper adware from their Internet browsers.
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- What is Deal Dropper?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Deal Dropper application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Deal Dropper ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by Deal Dropper from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Deal Dropper adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Deal Dropper extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Deal Dropper 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 "Deal Dropper", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Deal Dropper ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Deal Dropper ads 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 "Deal Dropper", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by deal dropper, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Deal Dropper", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by deal dropper, 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.
If you are unable to remove Deal Dropper and it is greyed-out ("Installed by enterprise policy"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a Google Chrome extension that is "Installed by enterprise policy"?
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Deal Dropper".
Computer users who have problems with ads by deal dropper 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 deal dropper, 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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