Dragon Branch Ads
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Dragon Branch?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Dragon Branch is a dubious browser plug-in claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience by enabling various features such as coupons and comparison shopping. Although some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, Dragon Branch is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
The main reason for these associations is a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party applications together with the chosen software) employed in Dragon Branch distribution.
After installation on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent, Dragon Branch delivers various intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, interstitial, transitional, full-page, and search ads. Some of these ads may redirect to bogus websites, thereby exposing your computer to infection.
As with regular adware, Dragon Branch continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity and records various software and hardware information including, for instance, IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, unique identifier numbers, and so on.
Be aware that some collected data might include personally identifiable details, and therefore, the presence of Dragon Branch adware on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. The developers of this rogue add-on have released several hundred potentially unwanted applications claiming to provide identical features.
Insider Deals, ysearchservice, Shop Time, and Product Deals are just some examples from a long list of applications identical to Dragon Branch.
None, including Dragon Branch, provide any real value for the user - these applications are developed and released by SuperWeb LLC simply to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected data with third parties. For this reason, you are strongly advised to uninstall Dragon Branch from your system immediately.
Adware-type applications similar or identical to Dragon Branch are mostly distributed using small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as softonic.com, soft32.com, download.com, etc.
Download managers (also called 'installers', 'download clients', etc.) are employed to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen software. Although developers present their applications as '100% legitimate and virus-free', they are likely to be adware or malware.
To avoid such infections, be attentive when downloading free software and ensure that no additional programs are included.
Furthermore, downloaded software should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled application listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Dragon Branch, follow the instructions below to eliminate this adware from your system.
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- What is Dragon Branch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Dragon Branch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Dragon Branch adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Dragon Branch ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Dragon Branch' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Dragon Branch ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Dragon Branch 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 "Dragon Branch", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Dragon Branch ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Dragon Branch adware 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 "Dragon Branch", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dragon branch 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 "Dragon Branch", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dragon branch 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 "Dragon Branch".
Computer users who have problems with dragon branch 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 dragon branch 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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