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Remove DealWifi (Easy Removal Guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as DEAL Wifi, Mystart.dealwifi.com | Type: Adware

DealWifi or Mystart.dealwifi.com? Is any of these programs causing you some troubles? Even though one of them is adware, and the other one is browser hijacker, both of them are related, spreading around the Internet these days, and may infiltrate your computer without your consent. While both of them are very different – their purpose is more or less the same, which is to make people visit affiliate websites and thus generate income from advertising. Since in our blog Mystart.dealwifi.com hijacker is already presented, in this particular case, we want to introduce you with DealWifi by RAFO Technology.

What is known about DealWifi adware:

DealWifi is a browser add-on developed and maintained by RAFO technology. As stated on the official website, it “is an easy-to-use software that turns your laptop/PC into a Wi-Fi wireless access point. Anyone nearby can surf the Internet through your sharing.” However, it is categorized as ‘adware’, and we will explain why. Once installed, it takes over all web browsers that are installed on a computer (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer) and then starts initiating various activities to promote affiliate parties. Consequently, each time you web browser may expose you tens of commercial advertisements (banners, pop-ups, interstitial, and others).

In order to see which of the ads are brought by the adware and which are brought by the website that you are viewing, look whether they contain slogans like, for example, “Ads by DealWifi”, “Powered by DealWifi”, “DealWifi Ads”, and so on. The ones generated by the adware should not be clicked because they are filled with the third-party content. It means that DealWifi redirects can make you visit either unpopular third-party websites or domains that are used for spreading other PUPS. Besides, this adware can display catchy-looking ads since it can collect browsing-related information about its users (search queries, URLs visited, clicks, IP address, clicks, etc.). Finally, it may corrupt various Windows settings, including start-up and registries, which is why you browser’s performance may slightly or significantly diminish. Finally, this adware tends to inject Mystart.dealwifi.com redirect virus and set it as a default start page and search provider. Thus, to prevent this from happening, run ReimageIntego and remove DealWifi virus as soon as you notice its ads during browsing.

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Potentially unwanted programs that are closely related to DealWifi:

Search.dealwifi.com. It is a URL that opens a suspicious search engine. Due to questionable functionality and ability to cause web redirects, it has been assigned to potentially unwanted programs’ group. It is judged to be a browser hijacker, which infects user’s system along with DealWifi software. Once installed, it modifies user’s previously set browser homepage settings and makes the indicated search engine appear on browser’s startup. Clicking on search results can be dangerous because they can be filled with third-party links, many of such are sponsored. They can open possibly dangerous websites, so it is advisable to remove Search.DealWifi.com from the system without a doubt.

Mystart.dealwifi.com. Being another product by RAFO Technology, this suspicious search engine does not seem secure. According to our research, it integrates sponsored results in between regular search results, waiting for the victim to click them. It is recommended to stay away from this search engine because it might trigger redirects to pre-determined Internet sites that can be insecure. On top of that, Mystart.dealwifi.com redirect virus can make the computer perform slowly and cause other inconveniences, so it is highly recommended to get rid of it along with DealWifi software. Mystart3.dealwifi.com. Another version of bogus search engine that can appear instead of victim’s previous homepage after the discussed computer parasite infiltrates into the system. Just like previously mentioned browser hijackers, Mystart3.dealwifi.com redirect virus seems to be just as an untrustworthy and undesirable program like its “relatives.” As a search tool, it cannot provide any beneficial features, but only make your computer perform poorly and trigger shocking redirects to potentially dangerous third-party websites to monetize users’ clicks. It goes without saying that such program should be excluded from the computer system as soon as possible.

RAFO Technology virus. RAFO Technology is a company that has developed DealWifi adware. When the user installs this program, starts receiving annoying ads, notices suspicious changes in browser settings and other strange occurrences happening on the system. This company’s vision is to monetize its products; however, it seems that it advertises all sorts of third-parties via its products, which does not make this company seem trustworthy. It is possible that some of the links it integrates into its products can lead users to suspicious or even possibly dangerous websites. It is clear that RAFO Technology should not be trusted since its products are mainly distributed using software bundling technique, which means that they typically hijack users’ systems without their consent. If you think that you have one of this company’s products on your PC, we strongly recommend you to think about RAFO Technology virus removal.

Methods used to distribute this software:

PUP is an acronym for potentially unwanted program. This category is used for describing programs that spread by ‘bundling’. Therefore, the fact that security experts consider DealWifi to be a PUP means that it is distributed with the help of other freewares and sharewares. In other words, it is usually bound with free software like, for instance, download manager of media player and spread as an ‘optional component’ along with it. Unfortunately, but third-party plug-ins, toolbars, add-ons and other applications are typically disguised under Advanced or Custom installation mode. Thus, people who miss selecting this method may end up with DealWifi and a bunch of other PUPs on the system. Therefore, don’t forget to check expanded settings and deselect all ‘optional components’ that are disclosed there.

How to uninstall DealWifi adware?

Deal Wifi redirects can become a real torture since it may be difficult to find relevant information. On top of that, you may be exposed to unreliable websites and tricked into installing other PUPs. Therefore, you are strongly advised to remove this adware along with a hijacker that it may install on your web browser. For that, you may use the guide below:

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To remove DealWifi, follow these steps:

Eliminate DealWifi from Windows systems

To remove DealWifi 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 DealWifi (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 DealWifi from Mac OS X system

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

Remove DealWifi from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for DealWifi-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 DealWifi, 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 DealWifi and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the DealWifi-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete DealWifi from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 DealWifi 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 DealWifi removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall DealWifi 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 DealWifi-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 DealWifi from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 DealWifi 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 DealWifi 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 DealWifi removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of DealWifi from Google Chrome

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 DealWifi 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 DealWifi-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 DealWifi removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate DealWifi 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 DealWifi 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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