How to remove DonutQuotes (Virus Removal Guide)
Remove ads by DonutQuotes on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer and get rid of adware with this free DonutQuotes removal guide.
What is DonutQuotes?
DonutQuotes (Donut Quotes) is a cross-browser advertisement-supported application published by Donut Leads that often causes many problems for computer and internet users. Once this adware is installed, web browser users will become bombarded with ads by DonutQuotes. Users may also notice a steep decline in computer system and internet connectivity performance.
Malware analysts have suggested that users should beware of the DonutQuotes virus (although, not technically a computer virus) because this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is known get onto a computer and attach to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Once attached, these items will begin to access, observe, and collect user browsing data, such as a user’s complete browsing activities, bookmarks, and history.
In turn, the collect user browsing data is utilized by the adware to generate targeted advertisements that are relevant to the user’s web content. For example, if an internet browser user has visited websites concerning the iPhone, a user may notice pop-up advertisements promoting iPhone or cellular device products. In other cases (similar to the above image) advertisements may be totally irrelevant to the user’s content and visited websites.
Furthermore, potential DonutQuotes malware usually downloads and installs to a computer operating system and attaches to infected internet browsers alongside third-party programs and browser add-ons and extensions. This means that in order to remove DonutQuotes ads and repair other occurrences a user must also get rid of any potential third-party traces.
How to remove DonutQuotes (Virus Removal)
1. Automatic Removal Guide
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2. Download and 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.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.
4. Once Malwarebytes has been opened, if a scan or update has not automatically initiated, please 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. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer after removal to completely remove detected files.
6. You can chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer provide a threat.
CCleaner by Piriform
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings, fix system startup up settings, and uninstall unwanted software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
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.
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 unwanted software, 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.
2. Manual Removal Guide
How to uninstall DonutQuotes
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 (If you are using Windows 8 you will bypass the Control Panel).
3. In the list of installed programs, search for software titled DonutQuotes. Once the adware 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.
How to remove DonutQuotes add-ons and extensions
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the DonutQuotes extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the DonutQuotes add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the DonutQuotes add-on and remove it if located.