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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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:
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
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
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.
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 Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
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:
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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.