Dollarsurvey


Dollarsurvey

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.

Dollarsurvey

The Dollarsurvey Virus will redirect your browser when you try to use it.

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.

Dollarsurvey.org

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?

There are several ways in which you can land a Browser Hijacker like Dollarsurvey. One of them is when you open email messages which contain files that prompt you to install an application for free. In many cases, the hijackers are bundled in free download packages or along  some other useful and attractive apps. The reality is that the vast majority of sites that offer free downloads resort to download managers that contain browser hijackers and similar ad-generating software along with the main programs they install. Therefore, there is a great chance of installing a piece like Dollarsurvey by default or as a “bonus” component added to the free program. This is especially likely to happen if you don’t specifically customize the installation settings so as to exclude the bonus elements. Therefore, to avoid the installation of potentially unwanted programs, always read the terms of use and the privacy policy of the downloaded programs, do not click on pop-up ads, discard the installation of packaged browser extensions and, in the case of installing a free program, resort to the custom installation instead of using the default one. To uninstall Dollarsurvey and remove its changes so that you don’t get accidentally redirected to a site with Trojans or Ransomware in them, please follow the instructions below.

SUMMARY:

Name Dollarsurvey
Type Browser Hijacker
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.
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Dollarsurvey Virus Removal

To try and remove Dollarsurvey quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Dollarsurvey extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Dollarsurvey by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. 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


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    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. 

    Step3

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    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.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    Step5

    • 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).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Dollarsurvey from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Dollarsurvey from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove 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 the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Step6

    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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      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!

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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