If you find that your internet browser has become display annoying Total Deal Search ads then it’s a sign that your PC is infected with dangerous software from the adware family. The ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) is a form of unwanted software that can show a lot of popup ads without a user’s permission. Moreover, it can redirect the web browser on dangerous and misleading web-pages. Also, if you seeing that the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer tries to load an unknown web page, when you try to open a long-known web page, then you do not need to wait! Press the stop button in browser’s address bar. Use the step-by-step instructions below and clean your computer from adware as soon as possible. It will assist you to get rid of the reroute to Total Deal Search and any annoying advertisements.
The adware can change the settings of the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge, but often that a dangerous software like this can also infect all types of web-browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time start the internet browser to see Total Deal Search unwanted ads.
Therefore it is very important to follow the instructions below as soon as possible. The steps will assist you to get rid of ad-supported software as well as clean your PC system from the Total Deal Search redirect. What is more, the step-by-step instructions below will help you delete other malicious software like unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the PC along with the ad supported software.
How did you get infected with Total Deal Search
How to manually remove Total Deal Search ads
Without a doubt, the ad supported software is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely delete this malicious software. To remove this adware, you can use the manual removal that are given below, or use an anti-malware utility for removing malicious software, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, which will assist you to delete Total Deal Search ads easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in computer or in the case where ad supported software is not removed automatically.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
- Remove Total Deal Search ads from Firefox
- Get rid of Ads by Total Deal Search from Chrome
- Remove Total Deal Search from Internet Explorer
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the personal computer cleaning process by checking the list of installed applications and uninstall all unknown or suspicious software. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious applications such as ‘ad supported’ software and browser hijackers may be bundled with free programs. Delete the unwanted programs may remove the unwanted advertisements or browser redirect to unknown or annoying web-sites.
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Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort software by date of installation in the Control panel.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
During installation the TotalDealSearch adware can also modify the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will be rerouted to an unwanted advertisements.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that starts with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove Total Deal Search ads from Firefox
First, run the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of Ads by Total Deal Search from Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, like below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Remove Total Deal Search from Internet Explorer
To remove the Total Deal Search redirect you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your system.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as shown on the image below. Next, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, press the “Reset” button.
When the task is complete, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying Total Deal Search ads opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all the tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This shows a dialog box that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC system. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the malicious programs, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to get rid of, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of Total Deal Search with free malware removal application
Manual removal Total Deal Search ads requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the adware may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. Moreover, the freeware will help you to remove malware, web browser hijackers and toolbars that your system may be infected too.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop by clicking on the following link.
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Update: March 20, 2018
- At the download page, click the Download button. Your internet browser will display the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your desktop.
- Once the download process is finished, please close all programs and open windows on your system. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will start the Setup wizard of Malwarebytes onto your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the malware remover will start and show the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan Now” button for checking your computer for the ad supported software that displays Total Deal Search unwanted ads within your browser. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient.
- Once the checking is done, it will show a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found.
- When you are ready, click on “Quarantine Selected” button to begin cleaning your system. When the procedure is complete, you may be prompted to restart your system.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
How to stop Total Deal Search ads
To increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted ads and malicious web-pages, you need to use an application that stops access to harmful advertisements and web sites. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link.
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- Once the downloading process is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the setup is done, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your PC, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-ups, Ads by TotalDealSearch, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Remove Total Deal Search advertisements and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the unwanted Total Deal Search from the Chrome, FF, MS Edge and IE, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Update: January 8, 2019
Once downloading is finished, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is launched, you will see a screen like below.
Now, click the “Scan” button to begin scanning your PC for the malicious extensions and adware that shows Total Deal Search ads within browser screen. When it has finished scanning, it will show a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the cleaning process is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your system.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the AdwCleaner to remove ad-supported software, browser hijackers and other dangerous applications.
Once you have complete the instructions shown above, your computer should be clean from malware and ‘ad supported’ software. The Chrome, FF, MS Edge and Internet Explorer will no longer open Total Deal Search annoying ads or redirect you to unwanted sites. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new type of adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.