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Remove Donation Reminder (Removal Guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Donation Reminder virus sends you annoying ads? Find out why:

If ads by Donation Reminder show up while you browse the web, you should not trust the deals they provide. You might be introduced to various online shopping deals, such as price comparisons, coupons, discount codes, and so on. It is a must to know that ads titled as „powered by Donation Reminder,“ „Donation Reminder ads“ or „brought to you by Donation Reminder“ are useless and meant to trick the victim into clicking them. They are powered based on keywords that you usually type into web search boxes, your recent browsing history, and other browsing-related information. In other words, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) tracks your activity online to find out what interests you.

As we have already mentioned, Donation Reminder PUP is an ad-supported program. Once installed, it gathers the aforementioned information and then serves targeted ads on the computer screen. Do not let these ads fool you – although they look nice and useful, they are not. Remember that they have third-party hyperlinks inserted into them, which get activated after you click on any of Donation Reminder ads.

Donation Reminder virus serves annoying ads

Therefore, instead of visiting desired websites, you may be redirected to questionable third-party Internet sites. We want to warn you and tell you to quit suspicious websites you accidentally end up on immediately. It is clear that Donation Reminder adware pushes users into visiting particular websites in order to promote them. Please take note that you can end up on very dangerous Internet sites, such as phishing websites or web pages that fraudulently promote malicious programs or files. Of course, we do not claim that each Donation Reminder ad leads to a hazardous Internet site; however, the reliability of this ad-supported program is very doubtful. Therefore, we recommend you not to click on banners, pop-up or in-text ads powered by this adware and remove Donation Reminder as soon as you can. If you are not a skilled computer user, we suggest assigning this task to an anti-spyware program, for instance, Reimage.

What techniques are used to spread Donation Reminder PUP?

Questions about Donation Reminder

The developers of this highly unreliable software spread it alongside other free software. Software installers often present suggestions to install „recommended“ software along with your selected program, but do not rely on such recommendations! Such additions often appear to be bad or useless programs, so you should avoid installing them. You can opt them out via Advanced or Custom settings. Take note that Default, Standard, Basic, and sometimes – Express installation mode will automatically download all „recommended“ components and install them alongside your preferred program. Unfortunately, the bigger number of computer users still tend to rely on these traditional installation settings, and that is why they end up with one or several potentially unwanted applications on their computers. If this has already happened to you, you probably experience computer system slowdowns, freezes, and see intrusive advertisements while browsing the web. If you wish to fix such issues manually, follow Donation Reminder removal instructions that are provided on page 2.

Donation Reminder removal explained

We assume that Donation Reminder virus has annoyed you to death, and all you want is to eliminate it from your computer as soon as possible. If you have finally decided to remove Donation Reminder, now you have to choose the method of removal. There are two different options you can choose from:

1. Manual removal;
2. Automatic removal.

You can get rid of Donation Reminder adware manually quite easily. You just need to focus and follow the instructions provided below the article, and we are sure that you will manage to uninstall this PUP by yourself. In case you do not want to mess with your PC system, you can stop Donation Reminder ads with a help of the anti-spyware program. Besides, by obtaining one, you will protect your computer from further spyware and malware attacks.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Donation Reminder, follow these steps:

Remove Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder and related programs
    Here, look for Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Donation Reminder 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, Donation Reminder should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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

Remove Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder 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 Donation Reminder removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Jake Doevan
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  1. anna says:
    April 23rd, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    very annoying ads also hard to remove, total disaster… donation reminder appeared on my pc out of nowhere, im confused

  2. Wolf83 says:
    April 25th, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Same happened to me, did you remove it at the end?? I cannot…

  3. racheldowis says:
    April 25th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    hello, anyone knows if this adware installs any other dangerous programs without asking you first? I am worried!

  4. snaky2813 says:
    April 25th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    haha got this virus removed! im the master geek :O jk lol. thanx

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