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Remove DragonBoost ads (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Why should you not trust DragonBoost ads?

DragonBoost virus perfectly fits the description of a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This ad-supported PUP (by Alto Cloud Media, Ltd.) often sneaks in the PC system if bundled with other free programs that the majority of computer users tend to download from the Internet. Having this adware[1] program on your computer will only cause you problems because it is genuinely developed to make profits for its developers. While DragonBoost ads might seem useful and interesting to some, we are worried about the safety of links that these ads hide. If you click on sponsored content brought to you by DragonBoost adware, there’s a chance to get redirected to suspicious third-party websites[2] that might be trying to convince you to install suspicious software, provide personal details such as your name or email address just to send you email spam[3].
DragonBoost adware
A few examples of annoying DragonBoost ads. You might receive similar ads when infected with DragonBoost adware.

Questions about DragonBoost ads

Besides, this ad-supported software might be trying to spy on your browsing and search activity and send you targeted ads based on collected data. Please remember that information such as search queries can contain personally identifiable information[4] (depends on what kind of information you search online). If you do not want to be bothered by a spyware type program that wants to push annoying sponsored content to you, better remove DragonBoost from PC. For that, we suggest using programs listed below the article. We highly recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner for DragonBoost removal, but if you wish, you can try removing it by yourself using instructions provided below the post.

How did I get infected with this adware program?

Adware, browser hijackers and similar ad-supported programs are mostly bundled with popular freeware and this way they can sneak into computer systems unnoticed. Software bundling[5], in general, is a very popular way to convince users install useless free programs without even realizing it. The question is, what makes this software distribution technique so efficient? The problem is that the majority of people do not check information provided in fine print below Standard or Default installation settings. Typically, these settings suggest installing additional third-party applications or browser add-ons that deliver third-party ads. They are presented as beneficial programs that can somehow improve user’s browsing experience or provide some exceptional features, meanwhile, they can do nothing useful. To avoid installing PUPs, choose Custom or Advanced settings for software installation, then deselect suggested programs manually.

How can I remove DragonBoost from my system?

It is not so hard to remove DragonBoost virus – you only need to know the right way to do it. Of course, the easiest and fastest way to delete this adware program and forget about annoying ads is to run a system scan with a freshly updated anti-spyware software, but you do not must use it. If you wish, you can use DragonBoost removal guide given below and delete this ad-supported computer program by yourself.

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To remove DragonBoost ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of DragonBoost from Windows systems

Search your computer system for programs developed by Alto Cloud Media, Ltd., and remove them. You might find a program called DragonBoost as well – delete it without any hesitations.

  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 DragonBoost and related programs
    Here, look for DragonBoost 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'

Remove DragonBoost 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 DragonBoost 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'

Erase DragonBoost from Internet Explorer (IE)

Make sure that IE is free of shady add-ons; to check what add-ons were installed on Internet Explorer and delete the ones you do not want to keep, follow these instructions.

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

Delete DragonBoost 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, DragonBoost should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall DragonBoost from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clean your Firefox browser with a help of this tutorial.

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

Eliminate DragonBoost from Google Chrome

Chrome browser might be contaminated with questionable extensions related to DragonBoost adware. Get rid of them using 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 DragonBoost 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 DragonBoost removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of DragonBoost 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 DragonBoost 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 DragonBoost removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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