Remove search.dealwifi.com Pop Up Ads

Did you just get a pop up from search.dealwifi.com and wonder where it came from? Did the search.dealwifi.com ad appear to have been initiated from a web site that under normal circumstances don't use advertising such as pop-up windows? Or did the search.dealwifi.com pop up show up while you clicked a link on one of the major search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo?

Here's how the search.dealwifi.com pop-up looked like when I got it on my machine:

search.dealwifi.com pop-up

(Sorry for the ridiculous use of watermarks. I have to do it to stop the copy-cats.)

Does this sound like your computer, you apparently have some adware installed on your system that pops up the search.dealwifi.com ads. So there's no idea contacting the owner of the site you were browsing. The ads are not coming from them.

I'll do my best to help you with the search.dealwifi.com removal in this blog post.

I found the search.dealwifi.com pop-up on one of the lab machines where I have some adware running. I've talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The adware was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if something new has appeared, such as pop up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on web site that usually don't show ads, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.

search.dealwifi.com resolves to 104.25.99.11. search.dealwifi.com was registered on 2015-03-11.

So, how do you remove the search.dealwifi.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the search.dealwifi.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the search.dealwifi.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

The problem with pop ups such as this one is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware running on my machine. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.

Anyway, here's my suggestion for the search.dealwifi.com ads removal:

The first thing I would do to remove the search.dealwifi.com pop-ups is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can reach this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows you can just type in "uninstall" in the Control Panel's search field to find that dialog:

Uninstall a program search

Click on the "Uninstall a program" link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:

Uninstall a program dialog

Do you see something dubious in there or something that you don't remember installing? Tip: Sort on the "Installed On" column to see if some program was installed about the same time as you started seeing the search.dealwifi.com pop-ups.

Then I would check the browser add-ons. Adware often turn up under the add-ons menu in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Anything that you don't remember installing?

Firefox add-ons manager

Please also test to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your system. Did that stop the pop ups?

I think you will be able to track down and uninstall the adware with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I started develop about 8 years ago. It's a tool designed to manually identify and remove unwanted software. When you've found the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.

FreeFixer's removal feature is not locked down like many other removal tools out there. It won't require you to pay a fee just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.

And if you're having difficulties determining if a file is legit or unwanted in the FreeFixer scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your browser with a page which contains more information about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be quite useful:

FreeFixer More Info link example

If no matter what you do seems to stop the popups, you could try to block search.dealwifi.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Here you can see FreeFixer in action removing pop-up ads:

Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the search.dealwifi.com pop-ups? What did you do to stop the pop up in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you very much!

Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the search.dealwifi.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!

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