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Remove Ads by DonutQuotes (Removal Guide) - updated Dec 2019

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as DonutQuotes virus, DonutQuotes ads | Type: Adware

DonutQuotes – an intrusive app that earns income from constant advertising

DonutQuotes adware

DonutQuotes, developed by Donut Leads, is claimed to be an adware app that interrupts browsing sessions with misleading pop-up notifications. Even though the program claims that it “helps to find users the best services nearby”, in reality, there is no true value that can be brought to the user and the app's main goal is to collect pay-per-click income through intrusive advertising. Not only it is useless, but it also disrupts your browsing sessions, may expose you to third-party products and lead to infiltration of another adware or even malware. If DonutQuotes reaches any type of your web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or others, do not be surprised to see the major settings such as the homepage and new tab URL modified by the potentially unwanted program.

Name DonutQuotes
Type Adware/potentially unwanted program
Developer Donut Leads
Goal The main purpose of this third-party application is to provide as many advertisements as possible in order to collect monetary income from the cost-per-click technique
Activities If you ever get this adware installed on your machine, be prepared to deal with a variety of intrusive activities such as advertising, redirecting, collecting browser-related information, etc.
Changes The adware app might compromise major browser settings such as the homepage and new tab URL bar. This can happen to any type of web browser, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and others
Deletion You can eliminate the PUP with the help of automatical programs or by completing the step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this article
Repair If the adware has compromised some system directories, you can try repairing them by employing a tool such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

DonutQuotes adware will supposedly start generating commercial ads that may be marked as 'Ads by DonutQuotes' or 'Ads by DonutLeads'. Besides bringing monetary benefits to the developers, these advertisements may redirect you to sponsored websites that may be employed for spreading suspicious programs and you may end-up installing one.

Even though the Ads by DonutQuotes redirecting capability might seem only annoying at first, there is some potential danger that sits behind it. Adware apps redirect users to websites that lack recommended security and this means an increased risk of malware infections such as trojans,[1] ransomware viruses, worms, and other parasites.

DonutQuotes virusDonutQuotes is an adware app that travels by using deceptive marketing techniques such as "software bundling"

Not to mention, in order to improve its services, specifically to generate appealing advertisements, DonutQuotes tracks your browsing habits, such as IP address, search queries, websites visited and so on. Afterward, such information can be used for displaying targeted advertisements on your computer screen.

Moreover, DonutQuotes might ask for your telephone number so that you could use its service. We do not recommend revealing this information if you do not want to receive an increased phone bill monthly. Do not allow this suspicious application to get its hands on any type of personal, contact, or credential information.

Once you have read about all the annoying and potentially dangerous features that are related to adware, we suppose that you are now thinking about DonutQuotes removal possibilities. If this PUP has placed its app on your computer and filled your browsers with bogus objects, you can continue eliminating them manually or automatically.

If you want to remove DonutQuotes on your own, go to the end of this article and take a look at the step-by-step guidelines that should be helpful if followed correctly. Another option would be to get rid of the annoying app with the help of antimalware software. Also, if the program has compromised some system objects, you can try fixing them with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

DonutQuotesDonutQuotes - a potentially unwanted program that can redirect the user to affiliate sources some of which might appear to be malware-laden

Adware attacks happen unknowingly

Even though some adware products might have their online downloading sources, most of them use deceptive marketing techniques to infiltrate computers. The most popular method that is promoted between third-party developers is known as “software bundling”.[2] Many users might receive unwanted products while downloading software from locations such as download.com, cnet.com, or softonic.com.

However, in order to prevent adware infiltration via various download managers or PDF creators, you will have to be very careful when installing them. It is advisable to read the End-User License Agreement and Privacy Policy as they may disclose information about third-party advertisements and tracking cookies.

Moreover, always opt for the Advanced or Custom installation option and inspect every checkbox carefully. You may spot suggestions to install add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, extensions or to change homepage or search engine. We highly recommend rejecting them because in most cases additional components that are going to be installed along with your needed software belong to the categories of adware and potentially unwanted programs. 

In addition, some adware apps can come camouflaged as flash player updates. If you are browsing the Internet sphere and come across some suspicious update, we recommend checking it on the program's official webpage first.

Eliminating DonutQuotes virus from the computer/browsers

You can remove DonutQuotes from your Windows or macOS computer system by installing reliable antimalware software. These types of products are capable of dealing with adware removal in a few minutes of time. Besides, they ensure that the entire task is safely and effectively dealt with.

DonutQuotes removal requires more than just deleting the main application. The adware might have added additional PUPs or some bogus entries, files somewhere on your PC. According to experts from LosVirus.es,[3] all of these products also need to be deleted, otherwise, the adware might fastly return.

If you are curious to try to eliminate DonutQuotes virus on your own, below you will find manual guiding steps that are suitable for both Windows and macOS and also web browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Explorer, etc.

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To remove DonutQuotes ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate DonutQuotes from Windows systems

To remove suspicious applications from your Windows computer, apply the following guiding steps:

To remove DonutQuotes from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to DonutQuotes (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase DonutQuotes from Mac OS X system

To get rid of all annoying applications from your macOS computer system, perform the below-provided guidelines:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove DonutQuotes from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for DonutQuotes-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove DonutQuotes, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to DonutQuotes and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the DonutQuotes-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of DonutQuotes from Internet Explorer (IE)

To eliminate BHOs from your Internet Explorer web browser, you can perform the below-provided guiding lines:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for DonutQuotes and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete DonutQuotes removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete DonutQuotes ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the DonutQuotes-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove DonutQuotes from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To clean Mozilla Firefox from suspicious extensions and plug-ins, complete these instructions:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to DonutQuotes and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case DonutQuotes did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete DonutQuotes removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall DonutQuotes from Google Chrome

To reverse all bogus changes in Google Chrome, carry out this guide:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to DonutQuotes by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the DonutQuotes-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete DonutQuotes removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate DonutQuotes from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to DonutQuotes and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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Data backups are important – recover your lost files

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While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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