What is Dealz?
Created by Dealz Technologies Ltd, Dealz is a rogue browser plug-in claiming to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and displaying special deals/discounts available on shopping websites. While this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Dealz is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware.
These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet Browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent.
Following successful infiltration on the these browsers, Dealz generates various intrusive online advertisements such as banner, pop-up, coupons, interstitial, and search ads. It is highly probable that clicking these advertisements will lead to further high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, this rogue application continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information such as IP addresses (to determine geographic locations), unique identifier numbers, search queries entered into search engines (Bing, Google, Yahoo, etc.), website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other similar details that are likely to be personally identifiable.
There is a high probability that information tracking such as this will result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. There are many rogue applications similar to Dealz including, for example, BuyNsave, Cheapster, and Dealster.
Neither Dealz, nor any of these other applications, provide any significant value - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected data with third parties. Therefore, users are advised to uninstall Dealz from their Internet browsers.
Close examination of Dealz reveals that it is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and many others.
Download clients are used by these websites as free services and traffic monetization tools, since they offer installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') applications together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware frequently results in adware or malware infections, including Dealz.
In order to avoid installation of this type of adware, be attentive when downloading free software and never accept installation of any additional programs offered.
Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If your computer is infected with Dealz, follow the removal instructions provided to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in Dealz (ShoppingWizard) adware distribution:
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- What is Dealz?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Dealz application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Dealz adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Dealz advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Dealz' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Dealz ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Dealz 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 "Chrome - Enhancer" (or "Dealz"), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Dealz ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Dealz adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Dealz adware did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 for any recently-installed browser plug-ins, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dealz adware, 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 "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious plug-ins, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dealz adware, 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 the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with dealz adware 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 dealz adware, 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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