How to remove Dragon Branch (Virus Removal Guide)

Dragon Branch (also known as Dragon Branch virus, DragonBranch) is a potentially unwanted program and adware that generates pop-up, in-text, and pop-under advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari. Dragon Branch is usually promoted alongside freeware and installs to a machine running the Microsoft Windows operating system. Once installed, Dragon Branch adware will attach browser add-ons to affected internet browsers.

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What is Dragon Branch?

Dragon Branch, alike most adware is promoted as a free web tool and utility that can help internet users find discounts and deals online. These programs may be classified as shopping assistant applications.

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Dragon Branch serves an assortment of ‘targeted’ advertisements and usually all at the same time. These ads often say Dragon Branch Ads on them. The adware will bombard users who browse the internet with pop-up advertisements, generic banner ads, sidebar menu lists, and in-text underlined hyperlinked ads. ‘Targeted’ advertisements are a privacy concern because they can only be produced if the program has access to extensive user browsing data. Dragon Branch adware can access and gather user browsing data, including  all browsing activities, bookmarks, app data, and browser history. This information is observed and used to generate advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on.

Furthermore, Dragon Branch bundles with additional unwanted programs, malware, and other possible malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.

Third-party programs and malware that can bundle with Dragon Branch adware will cause other issues aside from pop-up advertisements. Other issues include unwanted browser redirections to sponsored webpages, like Jogostempo.com, decreased computer productivity, and decreased internet speed.

Dragon Branch adware and the additional programs that it bundles with also manufacture new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time the operating system starts and remain enabled if disabled by the user. Programs and browser attachments that may arrive with this deceptive piece of adware can also cause other issues for computer and internet users aside from pop-up advertisements, including browser redirections and a loss in computer functionality and internet connectivity. Furthermore, if Dragon Branch is manually removed, it is possibly that the adware or another one in its place will return before a week has passed.

How did Dragon Branch get on my computer?

Dragon Branch adware can be automatically contracted without consent or knowledge of the computer user through third-party programs and files that hide in the background on an infected computer system. The potentially unwanted programs and files that deliver the adware are usually contracted without user consent alongside freeware, shareware, torrent files, and other free downloadable content.

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In addition, computer and internet users who seek to download and install freeware and other free items online may be presented with a custom opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Dragon Branch adware and other programs. However, the request to decline Dragon Branch adware from installing is often presented in a very deceptive manner, which can make it confusing for a computer user. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline Dragon Branch from installing and the adware will install against user consent and knowledge.

Dragon Branch adware is usually found packed inside installers from such websites and publishers as Cnet (download.com), Softonic, and DVDVideoSoft.

How to remove Dragon Branch (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Dragon Branch extensions

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Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Dragon Branch extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for the Dragon Branch add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the Dragon Branch extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall Dragon Branch from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

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

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3. Search for Dragon Branch and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.

Step 3: Remove Dragon Branch virus with Malwarebytes

1. 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.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. When the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware 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 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.

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4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click  Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.

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