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Remove DealWifi (Easy Removal Guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as DEAL Wifi, | Type: Adware

DealWifi or 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 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 redirect virus and set it as a default start page and search provider. Thus, to prevent this from happening, run Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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: 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 from the system without a doubt. 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, 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. 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, 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

  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 DealWifi and related programs
    Here, look for DealWifi 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 DealWifi 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 DealWifi 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'

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

Uninstall DealWifi 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, DealWifi should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove DealWifi 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 DealWifi 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 DealWifi removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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

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

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