How to remove Dashlane (Virus Removal Guide)
How to remove Dashlane (Virus Removal Guide)
Dashlane by Dashlane SAS (or other publisher) is not a computer virus although it is often searched for as the “Dashlane virus.” Dashlane is a potentially unwanted program, or PUP, that enters an infected computer system and attaches to internet browsers without your consent or knowledge or by use of aggressive marketing strategies. It usually automatically downloads and installs in the background while you work on your computer or browse the web. However, it can also be manually and voluntarily introduced. Once the Dashlane program has been contracted users may notice pop-up ads across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari that are typically caused by adware type programs that Dashlane bundles with during installation.
What is Dashlane?
According to third-party download managers and software bundlers that are usually associated with freeware, Dashlane is promoted as a “free password manager” that can securely store your passwords to your favorite sites. – This feature is actually provided for free on most internet browsers such as Google Chrome.
Adware that may bundle with Dashlane generate deceptive and intrusive pop-up ads across Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Ads by Dashlane are defined as ‘targeted’ advertisements because in order to be produced they need to access and use your personal browsing information (including all your data on the websites you visit, the things you search for online, browser history, bookmarks, etc.) to produce advertisements it feels you are most likely to click on. The adware basically ‘targets’ you based off your current and past browsing habits.
Dashlane adware is not technically defined as a computer virus but this unwanted program may still a threat to your privacy and can be the sign of a severe malware infection. The internet security community strongly recommends that you remove Dashlane if you find it installed on your machine or attached to your internet browser as a browser add-on or extension and use reputable Antivirus or Anti-Malware software to eradicate any existing malicious files.
How does Dashlane get onto computer?
Dashlane and programs like it are usually contracted without knowledge or by use of aggressive marketing tactics that may trick the user into installing it. Dashlane is often bundled inside third-party software downloaders and bundlers. It may arrive on a computer system once other programs have been introduced to the machine. Software that Dashlane adware may bundle with includes freeware, shareware, and dubious torrent files.
The program can also be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of locations on the web.
- Dashlane bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
- Dashlane is usually bundled inside installers and downloaders distributed as dubious torrents or as freeware programs distributed by websites similar to download.com and softonic.com.
- Dashlane injects visited webpages with pop-up and in-text advertisements.
- Dashlane makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks which allow it to run every time Windows starts and check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program is disabled it will enable itself.
How to remove Dashlane virus
Option 1: Automatically remove Dashlane virus with Malwarebytes
1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software to run a scan and remove malicious files from your computer.
2. Once installed, open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.
3. When the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Quarantine Selected button.
4. If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.
5. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright to perform a second-opinion scan and remove any remaining malicious trace files.
6. Once installed, open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.
7. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.
8. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.
9. Click the Reboot button.
Option 2: Manually remove Dashlane
How to uninstall Dashlane
1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove program) in the Programs section.
3. Search for Dashlane (by Dashlane SAS or other publisher) in the list of installed programs and select it with your mouse, then click Uninstall. You can also double click Dashlane to uninstall it.
If you do not find Dashlane in your list of installed programs you may need to uninstall additional programs that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove Dashlane below.
How to remove Dashlane add-ons and extensions
1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Dashlane extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.
1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.
2. Search for the Dashlane add-on and click Remove.
1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.
2. Search for the Dashlane extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.
If you do not find Dashlane in your list of add-ons and extensions you may need to remove additional attachments that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove Dashlane below.
Dashlane virus removal tips
- If you do not find Dashlane in your list of installed programs you may need to uninstall additional programs. Additional programs may include suspicious titles that may have been contracted around the same time or after the initial infection.
- If you are still having issues removing Dashlane you should use a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro 3. HitmanPro 3 is the best second opinion scan and removal tool. It can be used to locate and remove remaining threats.