What is Deal Fox?
Created by Engaging Apps, Deal Fox is a potentially unwanted application, which claims to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying discounts/special deals available on shopping websites. While this functionality may seem legitimate, be aware that Deal Fox is categorized as adware.
This browser add-on employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission. After successful infiltration on these browsers, Deal Fox monitors users' Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive online advertisements.
Deal Fox generates various intrusive advertisements including search, interstitial, pop-up, text-link, sponsored link, and targeted video ads. There is a strong probability that clicking these ads will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, the add-on continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information such as IP addresses, geo-locations, URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, unique identifier numbers, cookies, and other similar details, which may be personally identifiable.
This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to remove Deal Fox from your Internet browsers.
Deal Fox is similar to other rogue browser extensions (for example, Savings Season, CrazyCoupon, and Sharp Savings) claiming to improve users' Internet browsing experience by adding certain functions. None of these add any real value for the user.
At time of research, Deal Fox was distributed via fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.) and free software 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com Commonly, users infect their computers with adware when downloading free software from freeware download websites.
Download clients are used to monetize these sites' free services by offering installation of promoted 'virus-free' browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation often results in adware or malware infections.
To avoid installation of Deal Fox or other similar adware, pay close attention during the download of freeware and never accept installation of any additional programs offered. If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any hidden applications and allow you to remove them from the installation list.
If you have already installed Deal Fox and observe "Ads by Deal Fox" advertisements, follow this removal guide to eliminate the add-on from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Deal Fox?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Deal Fox application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Deal Fox ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by Deal Fox from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Deal Fox adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Deal Fox extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Deal Fox 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 "Deal Fox", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Deal Fox ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Deal Fox 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 Fox", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the deal fox virus, 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 Fox", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the deal fox virus, 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 Fox 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 Fox".
Computer users who have problems with deal fox virus 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 deal fox virus, 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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