How to remove DiscountLocator (Virus Removal Guide)

DiscountLocator virus

DiscountLocator (Discount Locator) is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware that utilizes deceptive marketing tactics to access a computer system and attach to multiple internet browsers. Once DiscountLocator adware is installed, the program will observe and collect all internet browsing data (such as keystrokes, bookmarks, and history). it will use the data to serve targeted advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on.

DiscountLocator

Potential DiscountLocator malware is commonly known as the “DiscountLocator virus” even though the potentially unwanted program is not defined as a computer virus. However, DiscountLocator adware is very intrusive before and after install, it has the abilities to modify existing browser and system settings (including browser and system start-up settings), and it primarily bundles with other potentially unwanted programs, malware, and malicious threats that can introduce a user to additional issues.

Most advertisements displayed by this adware can be identified by text that says “Ads by DiscountLocator.” These advertisements may be delivered in the form of generic banners, generic pop-up ads, in-text advertisements, and other styles. Furthermore, advertisements associated with this adware may be launched by multiple programs and browser attachments.

How to remove DiscountLocator virus

Use this DiscountLocator removal guide to remove DiscountLocator virus, potentially unwanted programs, and malware. It will help you get rid of ads by DiscountLocator on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Step 1: Scan your computer for malware

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2. Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.

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4. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.

5. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential DiscountLocator malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 2: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall DiscountLocator using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

Step 3: Uninstall DiscountLocator

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).

2. In Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. In the list of installed programs, search for DiscountLocator. Once the program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. *Follow any on-screen instructions that may prompt to remove this program. Repeat the steps to remove additional unwanted programs.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 4: Remove DiscountLocator browser attachments

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the DiscountLocator extension and other suspicious extensions and remove them individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the DiscountLocator add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the DiscountLocator add-on, click it, and click the Remove button. Remove other suspicious add-ons if found. If the Remove button does not appear you must first uninstall associated software through the Control Panel.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential DiscountLocator malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.