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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 virus
DonutQuotes 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.

DonutQuotes
DonutQuotes - 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:

  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

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

  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)

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

  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)

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

  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

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

  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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