This page aims to help you uninstall DPower. These DPower uninstalll instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Maybe you have found this article in your search for a solution to your problem with appearing ads that might be interfering with your online activities. Or you have just heard of that program and you have been researching the topic only because it is interesting for you. Whatever your reasons for reading our article are, here it comes. It has been especially assembled for those who not only want to receive detailed information about DPower, but also for the ones who want to uninstall that software from their computers, as we have also provided a removal guide at the end. We hope that you will find the general information and the guide useful.
Generally speaking – DPower “Virus”, is it really though?
To answer in one sentence – no, DPower is not a virus at all. The first thing you should consider when you want to describe DPower is that it is a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). PUP is in fact software that gets to your browser and motivates the appearance of numerous ads while you are surfing the web. As you have probably already noticed, DPower does exactly that. Once it is a part of your system, it starts displaying pop-ups, banners, pop-unders and even new browser tabs; an act which may prevent you from enjoying your online activities. The reason why DPower and the programs resembling it do that is because they are programmed to. The more numerous the produced ads are, the bigger financial gains their creators receive. Although this is a completely legal business practice – pay per click (on a generated advertisement) some people may regard it as annoying. That’s why DPower could be considered a potentially unwanted program as well.
The good news is that though DPower may be extremely irritating, it is not a virus. All the viruses known to the users around the world usually show some awful features like destroying certain data on your computer; encrypting the most usually used or visited files and asking for ransom after that; crashing your PC as a whole; even keeping track of you using your own device’s camera. On the contrary, PUP DOES NOT do any of those disturbing things. It may just annoy you because the ads it shows might be too many or too persistent and probably hard to close. But this is it, no actual malicious activity. The bad news is that, as harmless as DPower usually is, this program could also have some rather shady ways of performing its tasks. As an illustration – you may be wondering how it is possible that you’re only shown ads that are relevant to your recent search requests online. Well, it may actually be programmed to track your browsing activity. Also, sometimes the number of the pop-ups and other forms of advertisements might be so big that it could prevent you from using your PC properly. Your computer might become slower or even freeze. Also, it is possible that some of the displayed ads might be able to redirect you to potentially dangerous addresses online where you could get infected with far more serious threats like Ransomware.
How exactly have you met DPower and how to avoid such meetings in the future?
The infection with a PUP is a very common one. Nevertheless, it cannot happen without your direct or indirect consent. That is why it is very important to remember some tips that will save you from getting it from now on. The most usual distributor of PUP in general is software bundles. Such bundles represent combos of programs: original software and PUP most of the times. However, you are the one who downloads and installs such free bundles on your PC. It is extremely important to master the art of installing new software. You should only complete such a process by choosing the Advanced or Custom option of any installation wizard. Those options will give you all the info about the content of the given bundle and you will be able to choose what to put into your machine and what to avoid.
Another important aspect of prevention is to always mind your software sources. Download programs and movies and everything, however, be very careful and select only trustworthy sources. What’s more, avoid opening spam or strange letters in your email. This can save you from issues bigger than PUP. Last but not least, down here you will find our removal guide. We have been striving to assemble a set of removal steps that actually work. Try it and you will be able to remove the PUP from your PC.
|Danger Level||Low (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a a potential security risk)|
|Symptoms||Many ads might be ruining your browsing experience. The entire PC might be slowed down.|
|Distribution Method||The most typical method: software bundles. Sometimes via torrents, shareware, spam.|
|Detection Tool||DPower may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
- Do not skip this – DPower may have hidden some of its files.
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.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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.
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 DPower 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 DPower from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the PUP/malware —> Remove.
Remove DPower 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
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