'Ads by Discount Dragon' virus
is also known as Discount Dragon ads, Discount-Dragon
Discount Dragon is annoying program, which may hijack your browsers and start displaying its ads that cause annoying redirects to unknown websites. This program is not a virus or malware, so you can install it just like any other program. In fact, it has tricked many PC users because it promises to help people save the money by showing them biggest discounts, coupons and other offers. In reality it's just an image, which helps to hide real Discount Dragon's intentions.. This program is designed specifically to make money, so beware that it mostly shows links that seek to make you visit related websites. In addition, it may start displaying its ads whenever it wants and make your browsing a total mess.
How can Discount Dragon infiltrate my computer?
We have already mentioned that Discount Dragon can be downloaded from the Internet just like any other application. However, if you noticed continuous messages that say 'Ads by Discount Dragon', it means that it has infiltrated your computer in a bundle with freeware and shareware. That's why there are many security vendors who decided to include this program to PUP or adware categories. If you want to avoid Discount Dragon virus, you should pay more attention to freeware's installation. By saying that we mean that you should choose Custom or Advanced installation and opt-out from this freeware. If you want to remove this program from your computer, you should follow this guide:
How to remove Discount Dragon?
We don't recommend ignoring 'Ads by Discount Dragon' messages because they may trick you into installing more dangerous programs on your computer. In order to get rid of this adware, you should follow this guide:
Automatic 'Discount Dragon' virus Removal Guide
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Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Here, look for 'Discount Dragon' or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.
Wait until you see Applications folder and look for 'Discount Dragon' or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Remove dangerous add-ons
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 'Discount Dragon' and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
Here, remove malicious URL and enter your preferred domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Remove dangerous extensions
Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
Here, select Reset.
When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 'Discount Dragon' removal.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Here, select 'Discount Dragon' and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 'Discount Dragon' removal.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Here, select 'Discount Dragon' and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
Remove dangerous plugins
Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 'Discount Dragon' removal.
Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Here, select Extentions and look for 'Discount Dragon' or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete 'Discount Dragon' removal process.
What is adware?
Adware is a program that displays advertisements while people are browsing online. Advertisements appear in a web browser, pop-up windows, special toolbars or within the host program. Adware also can gather information about user’s habits and interests. Once it collects what it needs, it sends it out through a background Internet connection. Such behavior allows adware vendors to deliver targeted advertisements to the end user and collect general statistics. However, it may also be used for stealing people’s private data.
Adware is divided into parasitical and legitimate applications. Illegal advertising programs are very similar to spyware parasites and often have some of their functions. They can be installed without user's knowledge and start working every time a computer is rebooted. However, they are less dangerous than rogues because the most of such parasites are primarily intended to collect user’s personal information for marketing and advertising purposes. Unfortunately, you can never know what other purposes it can be used for.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by 'Discount Dragon':
• Appearance of annoying pop-up ads
• Appearance of banners and in-text ads
• Redirects to unknown and suspicious websites
• Changes in homepage and default search engine
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser
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Information added: 2014-08-26 03:57
Information updated: 2014-08-26 03:57
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