Remove Dragonorders Pop-up Virus — How to Remove?

Written by Wilbur Woodham
Dragonorders pop-up advertisements appear out of the blue, disturbing and irritating you. Nonetheless, that is slightly more than simple pop-ups – their origins is clearly malignant, and they can bring other malware to your device. In this article, I will show you the guide how to remove Dragonorders pop-ups and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any time you interact with Dragonorders pop-up advertisements will be ineffective at best. In worst case scenario, the websites it can show you may introduce malware to your system. These pop-ups may also advertise fake online shopping sites which will take your money and payment info. The latter generally ends up with losing all the money you have on the exposed card.

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What are Dragonorders push notifications?

As the pop-up definition goes, these are short and small advertisements that attract your attention to a product they promote. But the difference between regular pop-up advertisements and Dragonorders pop-ups is the malignant origins of the latter. Normal push notifications are offered for you to enable on different sites with a understandable purpose – notify you about the latest publications, discounts and so on. It is a useful thing to help your site to retain visitors and help the interested visitors to have the best deal.

Short summary of the pop-up ads:
HostingAS13335 Cloudflare, Inc.
United States, San Francisco
IP Address104.21.12.13
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorBestsearch, Mediatesupervis, Bestmaxfield
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC

Dragonorders pop-up notifications, on the other hand, are related to less legit web pages. You will commonly witness the offer to turn them on after a redirection from another website. It’s OK to see redirects unless they throw you to such a questionable place. In this case, enabling pop-ups is offered as the anti-DDoS filtering. In other cases, the sites may refuse to show you the contents unless you apply these pop-ups. These demands should already be the red flag, as sites usually have a less obscure anti-bot mechanism. Witnessing such an offer should be the reason to close the page right away. Sometimes, even when you click “Allow”, you will not get to the web page – the sole page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the push notifications.

Dragonorders push notification

Dragonorders push notification.

How does it work?

The vast majority of web browsers support turning on push notifications from websites. Sites, on the other hand, may send notifications with the content they want. It can be a promotion of the product or a page published on this particular site, as well as a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you can see the pop-up from site X, but opening it will redirect you to site Y – because a referral link to that website was built in.

Scoundrels rely on this ability in their approach to gain money using illegal advertising. They trick users into turning on pop-ups, and then just spread numerous banners of anyone they contract with. As you may suppose, no benevolent companies will contract with fraudsters. All the Dragonorders popups you may see lead to other untrustworthy sites. At some point, the same user can get into a trap of several pop-up spamming sites, and its browser will turn into a complete mess.

The ads these crooks show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It generally provides a miserable payment for one viewer, but when you can send ads to a huge number of victims and show them hundreds of ads each day – that is a much more significant sum. Even though the majority of these banners giving no result at all, it may still bring all the parties a lot of money.

Are Dragonorders pop-up notifications dangerous?

Yes, they are. Initially, they can look safe – just a blinking window that appears from time to time. However, the things this window promotes differ sharply from what you generally see in pop-ups. web page is ruled by crooks, who intentionally show hundreds of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also never follow any common sense and can launch sporadic push notifications into a storm of banners. For weak systems, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all problems these pop-up ads carry.

Why people dislike popups

As any other thing related to illegal advertising, Dragonorders pop-up ads lack legit deals to offer. Even though hackers make the ads similar to ones from Amazon, Walmart or Ebay, the site these banners will throw you to are completely different. And these pages may offer you to turn on other pop-ups, install a “useful” program, or pay for a thing at a big discount and never receive it. Let’s leave aside the cases when pop-up advertisements promote phishing pages or straightforward malware. There’s no way these pages will bring you any good, thus interacting with them is a very bad idea. For the same reason, Dragonorders pop-up advertisements are not recommended to click on either, and the best solution is to disable them as soon as possible.

How to remove Dragonorders pop-ups?

Fortunately, Dragonorders pop-up ads removal is not very complicated. They reside in the web browser and cannot conceal themselves on a disk. However, as I stated above, some pop-up advertisements can introduce malware to your system. It is hard to describe all of the cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is a bad idea. Thus, after removing the source of the pop-up advertisements the best option is to use anti-malware software. I would especially recommend that in the case when you have never clicked “Allow” to push notifications, and they still appeared. That can point at malware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both system recovery and malware scanning purposes, thanks to its system recovery functionality and multi-layer detection system.

Initially, you should reset your browser settings. You can do that in both manual and automatic manner. The former, obviously, requires more time to complete and can be somewhat complicated if you have never done that. Automated supposes the use of anti-malware programs that can reset all browser settings at once.

Reset your browsers with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

To reset your browser with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, open the Tools tab, and click the “Reset browser settings” button.

Tools tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

You can see the list of options for each browser. By default, they are set up in a manner that fits the majority of users. Press the “Reset” button (lower right corner). In a minute your browser will be as good as new.

Reset Browser Settings tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

The browser reset is recommended to perform through the antivirus tool by GridinSoft, because the latter is also able to reset the HOSTS file without any additional commands.

Reset your browsers manually

Manual method of browser reset

To reset Edge, do the following steps:
  1. Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option:
  2. Reseting the Edge browser

  3. After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original:
For Mozilla Firefox, do the next actions:
  1. Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information”:
  2. The first step to revert Mozilla Firefox

  3. In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option:
  4. The second step of Firefox restoration
    After choosing this option, you will see the next message:
    The last step for Firefox
If you use Google Chrome
  1. Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button:
  2. In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults”:
  3. Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default:
Opera can be reset in the next way
  1. Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click “Advanced” option, and choose “Browser” button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there “Restore settings to their original defaults” option:

  2. After clicking the “Restore settings…” button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown:

When the browsers are reset, you need to ensure that your browser will connect the right DNS while connecting to the website you need. Create a text file titled “hosts” on your pc’s desktop, then open it and fill it with the following lines2:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# # source server
# # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
# localhost
# ::1 localhost

Find the hosts.txt file in C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc directory. Rename this file to “hosts.old.txt” (to distinguish it from the new one), and then move the file you created on the desktop to this folder. Remove the hosts.old from this folder. Now you have your hosts file as good as new.

Scan your system for possible viruses

After removing the Dragonorders push notifications, it’s time to see if these pop-ups brought any threat to your system. Launch GridinSoft Anti-Malware, and then click on Standard scan. It will be enough in most cases to find and remove malware. The scan will last 5-10 minutes; you are free to use your system during that process.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware during the scan process

Once the scan is complete, you will see the detections or a notification about a clean system. Proceed with pressing the Clean Up button (or OK when nothing is detected).

GridinSoft scan finished

How to Remove Dragonorders Pop-ups?

Name: Dragonorders

Description: Dragonorders - a lot of users became a target for the pop-up advertisements. I have a lot of friends who literally bombed me with the questions like “how to remove push notifications?” or “why do pop-ups keep appearing on Chrome even after AdBlock installation?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with Dragonorders pop-ups, which may corrupt your browser’s correct performance, and create a lot of troubles while you are working.

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Adware

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  1. More about this malware type on GridinSoft Encyclopedia.
  2. Official Microsoft guide for hosts file reset.

About the author

Wilbur Woodham

I was a technical writer from early in my career, and consider IT Security one of my foundational skills. I’m sharing my experience here, and I hope you find it useful.

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