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Remove Ads by DonutQuotes

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

What is DonutQuotes?

DonutQuotes is yet another adware that may cause redirects to questionable websites and initiate other suspicious activities on your computer. If you are looking for an employee, this plug-in may seem very useful and you may decide to download it from its official site. We would like to show you a short extract from its official site:

“The DonutQuotes widget is a piece of software that launches a form in your browser when you are looking for a service professional to hire. It saves you time when searching for a professional in your area. You can either download the widget directly, or it may be installed when you download a third party software or browser extension. Typically, DonutQuotes comes bundled with free apps and free toolbars. This allows the developer community to provide you with free software.To use it, just type in a description of the service you need, add your phone number and zip code, and then sit back and wait for the professionals to call you! ”

Draw your attention to the second part, which says that it may be installed via third party software. It means that this questionable add-on may be installed on computer using unfair distribution methods and then initiate various unwanted activities without direct user's permission. Due to this, it has been labeled as a potentially unwanted program and needs to be removed. Not only it is useless, but also disrupts your browsing sessions, may expose you to third party products and lead to infiltration of another adware or even malware. Once inside, it hijacks Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet explorers and stars generating commercial ads that may be marked as 'Ads by DonutQuotes' or 'Ads by DonutLeads'. If you see such ads while browsing, remove this adware immediately as its main intention is to trick you into clicking on its advertisements and increase pay-per-click revenue. Besides, these advertisements may redirect you to sponsored websites that may be employed for spreading suspicious programs and you may end-up installing one. Not to mention, in order to improve service, specifically to generate appealing advertisements, DonutQuotes tracks your browsing habits, such as IP address, search queries, websites visited and so on. Moreover, it 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 to this suspicious application work on your computer and remove it as soon as detected.

How can DonutQuotes hijack my computer?

As we have already mentioned, DonutQuotes can be downloaded from its official site or infiltrate computers via freewares. We believe that we have convinced you that this application is useless in the previous sections and you will not try downloading it. However, in order to prevent its infiltration via various download managers or PDF creators, you will have to be very careful when installing them. It is advisable to read End-User License Agreement and Privacy Policy as they may disclose information about third party advertisements and tracking cookies. Moreover, always opt for advanced or Custom installation option and inspect every check box 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 of the cases additional components that are going to be installed along with your needed software belong to the categories of adware and potentially unwanted programs. DonutQuotes is not a malicious programs itself; however, it may cause installation of dangerous programs and may implement more suspicious activities. Therefore, follow the instructions below and remove it right now.

How to remove DonutQuotes virus from my computer?

You can find manual and automatic removal instructions below. They will help you to get rid of this intrusive program and avoid serious computer-related issues that it may cause in the future.

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To remove DonutQuotes ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate DonutQuotes from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall DonutQuotes and related programs
    Here, look for DonutQuotes or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Erase DonutQuotes from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for DonutQuotes or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of DonutQuotes from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for DonutQuotes and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete DonutQuotes removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete DonutQuotes ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, DonutQuotes should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove DonutQuotes from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select DonutQuotes and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete DonutQuotes removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall DonutQuotes from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select DonutQuotes and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete DonutQuotes removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate DonutQuotes from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for DonutQuotes or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. 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 DonutQuotes removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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