I wrote this article to help you remove Deskapp. This Deskapp removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Deskapp is an ad-supported program, or adware for short. This type of infection penetrates your system’s security and gets itself installed. Once on board, it will use aggressive marketing to lure you into clicking on some shady ads. At first, the user may not notice the parasite and ignore all symptoms. However, given enough time, Deskapp will ruin your browsing experience. Furthermore, it can slow your computer down to a crawl and cause frequent system crashes. Don’t close your eyes. If you suspect that your machine is infected with this parasite, delete it immediately, for it acts as an open door for many online threats.
Deskapp has one goal: to generate revenue for its owners. It will bombard its victims with tons of pop-up ads, coupons, video ads and alerts. Every time the victim clicks on an ad, the people behind this program will get paid. This form of advertising is called pay-per-click marketing. It is used by all big search engines. However, unlike them, Deskapp has no mechanism for checking what is being promoted. This means that anyone with money can promote whatever they want, including uncertified or even illegal products and services.
Some of the ads displayed by the Deskapp may be malicious. Such an ad can redirect you to an infected website where a drive-by download will be executed. These types of downloads don’t require the user’s interaction. They are almost completely invisible and, hence, often used by hackers for virus distribution. You can never be sure which ads are okay and which are malicious, therefore, try not to click on any advert while the Deskapp utility remains on your machine.
It is very easy to say “don’t click on ads”, but in reality, it is far harder a task than you might think. Deskapp will try to trick you into clicking on ads unintentionally. It will place pop-up ads under the cursor of your mouse. Every time you follow a link, one or more additional tabs will open in your web browser. All kinds of alerts will cover your screen and disturb your normal browsing. Don’t put up with that. Track this intruder down and delete it on the spot!
Deskapp has another, much darker side. It is a spy that monitors all your online activities. Every page you visit, your favorite websites, what you are searching for, everything is recorded. It uses the collected data to choose ads that will appeal to you. That looks convenient, but it is very dangerous. You don’t know on which website you will land if you follow an ad. What’s more, the adware tracks everything. Be careful where you are logging in. This malicious utility is capable of stealing your user names and passwords.
We are talking about Deskapp being installed on your system, but do you remember installing it? Don’t be harsh on yourself if you don’t. This utility tricked you into giving it access to your computer. It probably arrived as bundled software to some freeware or shareware you downloaded off the Internet. Developers tend to attach extra programs to some legit applications. They would hide those “additions” under a custom/advanced tab. They would also present this option as suitable for IT experts only and recommend a fast installation to the average user. However, there is nothing advanced in this method. It is suitable for everyone. The only difference between those two options is that only under the advanced method can the user see all extra apps and deny their installation.
There are many other techniques used for adware distribution. We should mention some of the most common ones. Torrents, fake software updates and spam emails are most frequently used nowadays. If you receive a letter from an unknown sender, enter their email address into a search engine. If the email was used for virus distribution, it is very likely that someone has complained about it online. Of course, you should download attached files from legitimate senders only. Otherwise, you risk getting your machine infected with some serious virus, such as ransomware.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Deskapp from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.