How to Remove Dragon Branch Ads

Dragon Branch Ads Overview

WARNING! You will start receiving messages from your PC and your browsers. They will be about a variety of missing plugins, recommendations to install a specific software, and updates on some of the programs all users have installed (e.g. Adobe FlashPlayer). These are invariably not real, but rather are part of the Dragon Branch Ads malware. Their goal is to give them access so they can download an installer for another of their kind. The only sensible thing you can do is to ignore everything you see until you are completely free of the virus. If for some reason you click on onef these messages, but realize what is happening, immediately open the task manager with CTRL+ALT+DEL and stop the process.

  1. Dragon Branch is an adware-based application whose intrusive behavior makes it a prime target for removal. Deleting it is not outright complicated, but such viruses have an uncanny ability to return if you do not take all of the necessary steps. For that reason we recommend that you pay special attention to everything
  2. As of this moment, your CPU’s speed has probably gone down significantly. This is due to the fact that the advertisements are not a real part of the  web pages, but are intruded on them by your PC. This creates a clash and your system is the one to suffer. Once you are rid of Dragon Branch Ads you will be “cured” from the sluggishness.
  3. Clicking the ads will reroute you to different websites most of the time. These will likely have nothing to do with the advertisements. We are purely speculating here, but we believe that in this way the virus creators are promoting their affiliates. The websites themselves are completely riddled with malware, so exit them as soon as you can.

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How To Avoid Dragon Branch Ads (And Other Malware)

There’s actually a whole debate on what you can really do to protect yourself from Dragon Branch Ads and similar programs. What everyone usually says is something along the lines of “install a reputable antivirus program”, which is fine. This will definitely shield. There are a few thing though that you can learn by yourself, and they help you a lot more. The thing you need to learn the most is how to spot malware.

To do this you need to be aware of the paths they carve to infiltrate you. And the most important thing to note is that they have no way of entering, unless you invite them. So they try to make you invite them without realizing. The most frequent way Dragon Branch Ads takes is to install itself via another program. If you installed recently a free program, then at some point during the installation, you were notified about advertisements. Here is an example:

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So from now on, whenever you install something, simply pay attention for text like this. If you see such a text, start the task manager and end the process. Clicking on exit sometimes “doesn’t work” and installs the malware anyway.

How to Remove Dragon Branch Ads

STEP 1:

(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Hold and R together. Write appwiz.cpl  in the new field, then click OK.

 

This, right here, is the Control Panel.

Search around for Dragon Branch Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. Be careful, but not too much – malware sometimes choose different names to confuse you, so take note of anything recently added that seems like a virus to you.  Highlight  and  Uninstall these.


   STEP 2:

  Dragon Branch Ads has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each of them.

For Internet Explorer Users:

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

Find Dragon Branch Ads . Disable it.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click  —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, type whatever you want, then click Apply.

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on  (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

The virus should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

For Google Chrome Users:

 Start Chrome, click  —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

 

In  Extensions,  click Dragon Branch Ads and  select  .

The  click    for the second time, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. In there, you should remove anything but the search engines you normally use(probably Google).

For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions

Find  Dragon Branch Ads  then Uninstall.

 

STEP 3 (Optional)

This step to remove the virus is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:

  • You are now clear of the virus. Please consider following us on our channels on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. It will be immensely appreciated, because it will help us grow and in turn – that way we will help more people.

  • You may also want to check out Step 4 – we’ve prepared a short guide for optimizing PCs after a malware has been removed

  • If you were not successful, then continue reading.

STEP 4 (Optional)

If you’ve reached this step, then well done for removing Dragon Branch Ads . We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested you can check it out here.

 

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  • John

    tks for this however even after doing all you said I can clear dragon branch but it always comes back and yes I had to even reset chrome. so far IE is ok. I am now going to uninstall chrome and then reinstall it and see what happens. regards John

     
    • martin1881

      Run msconfig. In the start up section look for programs that you don’t recognize and also services that aren’t from Microsoft that look suspicious. If this doesn’t help, you will need to download autoruns.https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396 You can download the program from the link. Let me know how it goes

       
      • Barbershopjohn3

        Hi tks Martin,
        I tried to download the install for chrome and found that in with the bundle was dragon branch and so I cancelled it and have just been using IE with no problems. Not sure how dragon branch got into the chrome download but I’m going to use IE for a while, I’ll keep your instructions handy for a little later when I have more time. tks again John