Dollarsurvey is a page-redirecting malware app that works as an attachment for Chrome, Firefox, and other popular browsers. The main purpose of Dollarsurvey is to gain views for certain promoted sites by forcing one’s browser to reroute the online traffic to those site.
You sit in front of your computer, you open the browser as usual and, surprise! You have some new homepage that you do not recognize and the default search engine of the browser that you used to have has been replaced with some custom one that always seems to favor pages full of aggressive ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirect links. A strange program called Dollarsurvey is what’s probably responsible for these changes and is the reason behind the browsing annoyance you are now faced with. You can get Dollarsurvey on a Chrome, a Firefox, and maybe even on a Safari browser but is this some sort of a virus, a Trojan, or a Ransomware infection? Not really – what you are experiencing is something very common for a lot of web users who have a close encounter with programs called Browser Hijackers. On this page, we will provide you with enough information that can help you better understand those hijackers and uninstall such them and remove all of their associated components. That’s why you are advised to stay with us and make use of the special Dollarsurvey removal guide at the end of the article.
A browser hijacker is typically an app that i gets installed on the computer along with some other software. Normally, the hijacker can modify the settings of the homepage and the default search engine, but it can also initiate automatic page-redirects or spam the screen with various sponsored ads, pop-ups, banners, and promotional messages.
If you have Dollarsurvey.org on your computer, don’t worry – these programs do not steal data and do not pose any serious danger to the computer. However, Dollarsurvey.org may redirect you to pages that do or to ones that contain some real security hazards such as viruses, Ransomware, Trojans and other malware.
Some may even fill your screen with pay-per-click ads or modify the Windows registry so that their browser configuration is restored each time the computer is restarted. The ultimate goal of the browser hijackers is to get a greater number of clicks on their advertising pages. Therefore, their entire activity is related to promoting some paid commercial messages during your regular web browsing. If you are not a fan of this aggressive online advertising, however, you may want to uninstall Dollarsurvey and remove its ads once and for all.
How can you install a Browser Hijacker without realizing it?
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Different ads, banners and pop-ups may constantly spam the screen of your main browser.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, free installers, torrents, shareware sites, ads, freeware platforms.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Dollarsurvey Virus Removal
To try and remove Dollarsurvey quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Dollarsurvey extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Dollarsurvey by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Dollarsurvey and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Dollarsurvey removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Dollarsurvey from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Dollarsurvey from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Dollarsurvey from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!