DealCoaster removal instructions
What is DealCoaster?
Developed by Engaging Apps, DealCoaster is a potentially unwanted application claiming to save time and money by enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and displaying discounts/special offers available on shopping websites. This may seem legitimate functionality, however, be aware that DealCoaster is categorized as adware. This rogue browser add-on employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' consent. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, DealCoaster generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
The intrusive advertisements include search, interstitial, sponsored link, text-link, targeted video, and pop-up 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 DealCoaster collects various information, which may be personally identifiable. For example: URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, browser cookies, IP addresses, geographic locations, unique identifier numbers, and other similar details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to remove DealCoaster from your Internet browsers.
DealCoaster is similar to other rogue browser extensions developed by Engaging Apps. Stairway to Savings, Harvest Savings, and SaleSlider are just some examples amongst many. None of these applications add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements. At time of research, DealCoaster was distributed via fake downloads (browser updates, Java updates, etc.) and free software 'download managers' used by freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com
Download managers are employed to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infection. This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download process and never accepting installation of any additional applications offered. Internet users who are installing downloaded software should select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow users to decline them. If you have already installed DealCoaster and observe "Ads by DealCoaster" advertisements, follow this removal guide to eliminate it from your Internet browsers.
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- What is DealCoaster?
- STEP 1. Uninstall DealCoaster application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove DealCoaster ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by DealCoaster from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove DealCoaster adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove DealCoaster extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
DealCoaster adware removal:
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 "DealCoaster", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes DealCoaster ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove DealCoaster 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 "DealCoaster", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dealcoaster, 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: "DealCoaster", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dealcoaster, 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 DealCoaster 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 "DealCoaster".
Computer users who have problems with ads by dealcoaster 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 dealcoaster, 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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