The Discount Dragon popup is a dangerous adware infection that often sneaks in the computers while surfing on the web. This nasty infection distributed through malevolent web pages, peer to peer sharing of files, and sharing resources with other computers on the same network. Once this lethal infection enters in the system, it reduces the performance of the computer, and you are unable to download any new software. Besides that, it modifies your search engine settings and redirect all your searches to unknown places. It also added corrupt entries in the windows registry, and modify the startup section to start automatically. The Discount Dragon popup infected thousands of computers all over the world, and it can damage the boot sectors of your PC to make it completely unresponsive. You cannot detect this lethal infection through any antivirus program.
Removal of Discount Dragon popup
After finding the Discount Dragon popup in your system, your first goal is to confirm the presence of this malicious application, and find an effective method to remove this virus. There are both manual as well as automatic ways available to get rid of this infection. The automatic removal is easy and recommended to the new users. The manual removal is extremely hard and consists of the following steps:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
You have to terminate the normal mode by restarting the infected system. Press the F8 key repeatedly to access the boot options menu while the system is restarted. After accessing the list of boot options you have to select the safe mode, and hit the Enter key to open the safe mode.
End the Malicious Processes
You have to kill the associated processes of the Discount Dragon popup. In this regard, hold the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together to access the task manager. Select the Processes tab as soon as you are able to see the task manager window where you can see all the running processes in the system. You have to delete the following malicious processes associated with this application by using the “End Process“ button:-
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].ex
Remove the Associated Data
After completing the removal of the associated processes, it is turn of removing the associated data of the Discount Dragon popup. Following are the files hidden in the system files folder that you have to delete quickly:-
- %Desktopdir%\Discount Dragon popup.lnk
- %Programs%\Discount Dragon popup\Discount Dragon popup.lnk
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
To clean the windows registry you have to open the registry editor by selecting the start menu, choose Run option, and type Regedit in the box. Once the registry editor is started, delete the following entries associated with the Discount Dragon popup:-
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Discount Dragon popup\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Discount Dragon popup
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Discount Dragon popup\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Discount Dragon popup\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Discount Dragon popup\DisplayName Discount Dragon popup
In the end, you have to check the success of this process by rebooting the system in the normal mode. Run a system scan if the virus is removed successfully.