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Remove DealNinja Ads (Tutorial)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

DealNinja is a browser plug-in that belongs to the same family as Ninja Savings and NinjaVOD. According to the developer (XDisc Corp Ltd.), this apps can “Get the latest deals and offers straight to your browser.” However, in reality, upon the infiltration to the system is starts displays sponsored advertisements, spies on users, causes browser’s redirects, diminishes the performance of each browser and the overall system, and initiates other unwanted activities. Therefore, it has been classified as adware and potentially unwanted program (PUP).

How does DealNinja spread around the Internet?

Questions about DealNinja Ads

DealNinja has the official website. However, it seems to be inactive at the moment of writing, what means that it’s not possible to download it on the system manually. So how then does it spread? In most of the cases, DealNinja adware travels in a composition with other free downloads (media players, download managers, PDF creators, software updates, etc.). Therefore, if you are receiving pop-up, banner ads and in-text links marked as “Ads by DealNinja” on Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari and other web browsers, then you must have installed a freeware recently and gave consent to all attachments that it has been filled with. Most probably you did that unconsciously.

Banner and pop-up ads by DealNinja covering the site

How does this adware perform?

DealNinja belongs to the ‘adware’ group because it displays targeted advertisements no matter if the user wants to see them or not. As soon as the user agrees to install the add-on, it is injected in each web browser, including IE, Firefox, and Chrome. Besides, it may also land on a Windows startup and start running dealninja.exe executable within Task Manager. Such system corruption allows DealNinja malware to actuate along with the Windows startup.

Right after that, the web browser is filled with sponsored advertisements. Usually, DealNinja ads show up in forms like pop-ups and banners, but in some of the cases they may be more than intrusive and pop-up as new tab window or full page advertisement. All adware are filled with sponsored advertisements and by displaying them on the pages that users views, it helps to promote affiliate websites, boost traffic to predetermined sites and, in general, earn third parties easy money. It’s very likely that DealNinja ads may contain links to page, which is a third-party online store. However, some of the sponsored advertisements may be unrelated to online shopping and instead of various stuff, people may be tricked into installing other potentially unwanted software.

By the way, DealNinja malware installs cookies on web browsers to initiate the analysis of user’s browsing data. By tracking search queries, frequently viewed pages, clicks, technical information related to the browser, IP address, etc. those who manage this app get the chance to create customized advertisements, spam email or perform other suspicious tasks. Therefore, to prevent DealNinja redirects to unsafe domains, information loss, slowdowns, and other issues, our recommendation would be to install Reimage Reimage Cleaner and run a full system check with it.

How can I prevent this PUP from landing on a PC?

As we have already mentioned, DealNinja add-on is typically injected into computers along with freewares. Thus, to prevent this from happening, you have to check up each freeware before installing it to the target system. For that, bypass Quick/Basic installation and select Advanced or Custom method instead. After that, read all the terms and carefully and try to find out if it is carrying add-ons, toolbars or extensions alongside. In case you find DealNinja virus on a check box that says that by clicking the ‘Next’ button you consent to install it, deselect it before the installation is finished.

How to remove DealNinja virus?

DealNinja removal is not a difficult task. It can be initiated both manually and automatically. Manual removal guide is provided at the end of this post. However, consider installing a reliable anti-spyware and checking your PC’s system fully. This way, all unwanted programs will be removed from the system.

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To remove DealNinja ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate DealNinja 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 DealNinja and related programs
    Here, look for DealNinja 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'

Delete DealNinja 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 DealNinja 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'

Uninstall DealNinja 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 DealNinja 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 DealNinja removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove DealNinja 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, DealNinja should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase DealNinja 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 DealNinja 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 DealNinja removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of DealNinja 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 DealNinja 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 DealNinja removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate DealNinja 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 DealNinja 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 DealNinja removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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