Even if you're not actually sure what DealTotal adware is, there is a good chance that you are familiar with pop-up windows that show you DealTotal adverts for products and services that you have really have no interest in. From time wasting games to X rated adult content, pop-up ads rarely advertise anything very worthy or interesting. If you know what we're talking about, then you have already been introduced to adware, or advertising supported software, as it is also known.
And while DealTotal pop-up ads are annoying, there's no doubt about that, if you have been unlucky enough to have gotten infected by a really nasty type of adware then, endless pop-ups aside, you may also be putting the security of your PC at risk. More about that in a moment but back to pop-ups adverts for a second because their main source of irritation lies in the fact that it doesn't matter how many times you click on them to close them, they will only reappear again almost instantly.
Why does adware exist and who creates it?
The main characteristic of DealTotal adware is that it has been designed to either display adverts on your screen, or download them onto your computer, whenever you are connected to the internet. You may also notice that, apart from the random websites shown in the pop-up windows, that many of the adverts you see are eerily aligned with goods or services that you have recently been browsing online. How do the adware programmers know what you've been looking at and therefore how do they know what ads by DealTotal to show you to try and entice you into clicking on them? That's where our friend spyware comes into the equation.
Remember when we said that it is more than just annoying? That's when it contains a spyware component. And, as you have probably guessed from the name, spyware is something that you really don't want on your computer. And that's because spyware has a few more tricks up its sleeve than simply displaying advertising.
Spyware will monitor you from afar and make a note of which websites you visit. It then records which products or services you are viewing on the sites and then send this data back to the adware's programmer – so that they can then tailor which adverts they show you to your specific tastes.
If it's already too late and your computer is infected with this adware and its relentless DealTotal advertisements, please follow the steps on the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
"Ads by DealTotal" Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove DealTotal related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- Active Discount
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove DealTotal related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove DealTotal, AdCoupon, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove DealTotal related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove DealTotal, AdCoupon, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove DealTotal related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.