Dotdo removal instructions
What is dotdo?
Dotdo is an adware-type application distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', which allows developers to install this app on Internet browsers without users' permission. Bundling is a way to stealthily install additional applications together with regular software. Therefore, dotdo is often distributed with free software downloadable on freeware download websites. After infiltration on browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), dotdo tracks users' Internet browsing activity. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) collects various information such as IP addresses, Internet providers, operating system, search queries entered into search engines, websites visited, pages viewed, and other Internet browsing-related information. Some of this information may be personally identifiable, and therefore, the presence of dotdo on your system may cause serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Furthermore, as with regular adware, dotdo displays intrusive online advertisements that often redirect to bogus websites, thereby exposing your computer to infection.
Popular freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, and downloads.com employ download managers to monetize their traffic and free services by offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen software. These promoted applications are described as 'legitimate and virus-free', however, they are mostly adware or malware. After infiltration, these applications display intrusive online ads, diminish browser performance, cause unwanted browser redirects, and collect personally identifiable information to generating revenue. None provide any real value for the user, and therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall dotdo from your system immediately.
This bogus app is similar to other regular adware. There are hundreds of bogus applications (for example, HDtube, PerformWeb App, ToprArcadeHits, and Shopsafer) that claim to provide various useful features, however, they deliver no real value to the user. In fact, they are harmful and may cause further computer infections and/or privacy issues. To avoid this type of computer infection, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and ensure that only the chosen application is included. Furthermore, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any concealed third party applications listed for installation and allow you to cancel them. If you have installed dotdo, the following instructions will guide you through removal of this PUP from your system.
Deceptive free software installers used in dotdo adware distribution (some freeware download clients discloses this adware as "FasterInternet"):
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- What is dotdo?
- STEP 1. Uninstall dotdo application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove dotdo adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove dotdo ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by dotdo' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove dotdo ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Dotdo 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 "dotdo", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes dotdo ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove dotdo adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, dotdo 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dotdo fastinternet adware or dotdo6, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dotdo fastinternet adware or dotdo6, 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 plug-ins 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with dotdo fastinternet adware or dotdo6 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 dotdo fastinternet adware or dotdo6, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove dotdo fastinternet adware or dotdo6 from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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