Dirty Tinder 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\u2019s 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\u2019t 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 \u201cHow to remove\u201d 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 \u201cbrowser hijacker\u201d is its ability to generate different sponsored advertisements on the users\u2019 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\u2019t need to stress too much about it. However, if you don\u2019t 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. SUMMARY: Name Dirty Tinder Type Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(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.\u00a0 Distribution Method Software bundling, automatic installers, torrents, ad-supported sites, spam.\u00a0 Detection Tool Remove Dirty Tinder Malware To try and remove Dirty Tinder quickly you can try this: \tGo to your browser\u2019s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser). \tThen click on the Extensions tab. \tLook for the Dirty Tinder extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones). \tRemove Dirty Tinder by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name. \tConfirm 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\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(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\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write 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. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove Dirty Tinder\u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0Dirty Tinder\u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0Dirty Tinder\u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a 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: \tHKEY_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!