Dolphin Deals Adware

Also Known As: Ads by DolphinDeals
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Dolphin Deals removal instructions

What is Dolphin Deals?

Created by SuperWeb LLC, Dolphin Deals is a potentially unwanted browser extension claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and other functions. While this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Dolphin Deals is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application, since it 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, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, Dolphin Deals generates various intrusive online advertisements including banner, search, interstitial, transitional, pop-up, and full-page ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.

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In addition, Dolphin Deals tracks users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, search queries entered, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other details that are likely to be personally identifiable. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, you are advised to uninstall Dolphin Deals adware from your Internet browsers. SuperWeb LLC has released over two hundred potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) identical to Dolphin Deals. For example: Cantataweb, Quantum Look, App Bud, and Shopping Assistant. None of these rogue browser add-ons provide any real value for the user. This company intentionally releases identical browser plug-ins under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware software. The main purpose of these PUPs is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads.

Research reveals that most users infect their computers with Dolphin Deals during download of free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, download.com, and softonic.com. Download managers are used by these websites as free service monetization tools, since they offer installation of promoted '100% legitimate' browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware. These infections can be prevented by paying close attention when downloading free software and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. Furthermore, if you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed Dolphin Deals adware, and observe "Ads by Dolphin Deals" or "Powered by Dolphin Deals" advertisements, read the following removal guide to eliminate it from your Internet browsers.

Deceptive free software installers used in Dolphin Deals (disclosed as 'DolphinDeals') adware distribution:

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Quick menu:

Dolphin Deals adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

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In the uninstall programs window, look for "Dolphin Deals", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Dolphin Deals ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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Remove Dolphin Deals adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logo Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Dolphin Deals from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Dolphin Deals", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Dolphin Deals from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dolphindeals, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logo Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Dolphin Deals from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Dolphin Deals", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Dolphin Deals from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dolphindeals, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logo Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Dolphin Deals from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Dolphin Deals".

Removing Dolphin Deals from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by dolphindeals removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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