A browser hijacker such as Dirty Tinder may get installed on any browser (including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) and may modify its settings in such a way so that the browser starts to spam your screen with various kinds of random ads, popping-up boxes, banners, new tabs and similar promotional content, regardless of what actually you are trying to browse for. Dirty Tinder may even be set to collect browsing-related information about the user’s online habits and to transfer it to its developers who can later use it for targeted advertising campaigns.
Have you recently been dealing with a constant flow of page-redirects, annoying ads, hard-to-remove banners and aggressive pop-ups every time you open your favorite browser? If yes, then most probably you have accidentally installed a browser hijacker called Dirty Tinder on your system. Don’t panic though, because, on this page, we will show you how to uninstall this strange ad-generating application from your Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and bring your search engine, homepage and toolbar back to normal. Our “How to remove” team has prepared everything that you need in a neat and detailed removal guide which you can find right below the next paragraph. Before you scroll down to the next steps, however, let us give you a better clue on what exactly a browser hijacker is so that you know how to safely remove it and how to avoid it in the future.
What can a browser hijacker do?
Browser hijacker is a scary-sounding term which is typically used to describe a group of non-malicious applications. What classifies a given piece of software as a “browser hijacker” is its ability to generate different sponsored advertisements on the users’ screens and to impose some potentially unwanted changes to the main browser which are usually meant to favor certain sponsored homepage domains, search engines, toolbars or redirect pages. The general impact of such software on the system is unlikely to cause any serious harm but may certainly be related to browsing disturbances as well as to browser unresponsiveness, sluggishness and overall irritation.
Can Dirty Tinder be regarded as malware?
Many users who have never dealt with browser hijackers before may commonly mistake an application like Dirty Tinder for a malware. Fortunately, this is not the case because even though such an application may really irritate you with its never-ending stream of advertisements and sudden automatic page-redirects to different sponsored pages, it does not contain harmful code which can corrupt your system. It is also important to be mentioned that most browser hijackers cannot infect your system in a stealthy way. They usually get installed by the users thanks to carelessness during the setup of different program bundles. Real computer threats like Trojans or Ransomware, on the other hand, can not only sneak inside your PC without any symptoms but may also cause really serious problems. For instance, a typical Trojan Horse may damage your OS while a Ransomware virus may encrypt all of your valuable files and blackmail you later for the access to them. Dirty Tinder is totally incapable of such criminal deeds so you really don’t need to stress too much about it. However, if you don’t want to put up with the constant ad-generating activity on your screen, you always have the option to uninstall the application with the help of the instructions, shown above.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||This program may make some changes to your browser settings and spam your screen with sponsored ads.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling, automatic installers, torrents, ad-supported sites, spam.|
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Remove Dirty Tinder Malware
To try and remove Dirty Tinder 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 Dirty Tinder extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Dirty Tinder by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Dirty Tinder and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Dirty Tinder 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 Dirty Tinder 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 Dirty Tinder from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Dirty Tinder 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!