What is the Deal Finder virus (adware)?
The Deal Finder virus, also referred to as the Save As Deal Finder virus, Deal Finder Superfish virus, or Dealsfinder (powered by Superfish) is a combination of invasive malware categorized as adware and browser hijacker that primarily displays unwanted Deal Finder advertisements and promotes unethical software associated with SuperFish malware. Deal Finder installs as a browser attachment (BHO, add-on, and extension) to computers, likely without consent in order to display unwanted advertisements powered by SuperFish, including SpecialSavings ads and others in the form of pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text, and side scrolling coupon/deals that pop-up when hovering over text or products on certain websites. It has been reported that uninstalling Deal Finder and removing the Deal Finder add-on and extension will stop Deal Finder advertisements from appearing.
Deal Finder primarily displays advertisements when visiting retail based websites but Deal Finder may display ads anytime the computer has an internet connection. The ads may appear as sponsored coupons and deals when hovering over products on websites such as Amazon.com and Target.com or as a scroll menu or drop-down menu on the entire right side, the top right, or bottom right of the browser Window.
Aside from serving advertisements, the Deal Finder virus may also be responsible or associated with unwanted browser redirections that occur when attempting to search the web using the browser’s address bar. These unwanted redirections are unwarranted and are originate from the Deal Finder add-on and extension and third-party attachments.
Furthermore it seems that the Deal Finder add-on and extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer serves third-party advertisements and vice versa, as well as third-party software. In other words, removing the Deal Finder add-on or extension can stop third-party advertisements from appearing and vice versa.
If you are experiencing Deal Finder advertisements, often labeled Save As Deal Finder powered by SuperFish, remove the Deal Finder hijacker using our free Deal Finder removal instructions below.
How to remove the Deal Finder virus
- Automatically remove Deal Finder malware – Scan for and automatically remove Deal Finder and third-party malware
- Manually remove Deal Finder malware – Remove/Uninstall Deal Finder and third-party malware
1. Automatic Deal Finder removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Deal Finder and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your home page, default search engine, browser shortcuts, and other hijacked settings.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Deal Finder software. You can even use CCleaner to remove ransomware, but that does not apply here.
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 Deal Finder and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Deal Finder software, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the programs as selected.
2. Manual Deal Finder removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Deal Finder using generic removal procedures.
How to uninstall Deal Finder malware
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Deal Finder and other potentially unwanted software, including software downloaded from websites such as download.com. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove the Deal Finder add-on and extension
Use the instructions to remove Deal Finder add-ons, extensions, plugins, and toolbars.
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 Deal Finder extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Deal Finder 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 Deal Finder add-on and remove it if located.
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