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Easymedia2.com Virus


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Easymedia2.com

Easymedia2.com is a browser hijacker program that modifies the web browser’s settings without the user’s approval. Typically, Easymedia2.com redirects the user to websites he has no intention to visit and gets him exposed to pay-per-click ads.

Easymedia2.com

The Easymedia2.com Virus will display pop ads and messages

Easymedia2.com is a type of browser hijacker best known for the overwhelming amounts of ads, pop-ups, box messages, and banners it keeps showing all over your screen. The program seems to be compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and many other browsers and, apart from filling them with ads, it tends to replace their default homepage and/or the main search engine with some sponsored ones.

Fortunately, on this page, we’ll help you get back your previous browser settings by uninstalling the source of these changes, namely Easymedia2.com. The steps listed below are easy to follow and most likely will not take much time or effort. Like pretty much any Browser Hijacker that has come before it. Easymedia2.com has been developed with the sole purpose of generating loads of pop-ups, flashing banners, distracting box notifications, and frustration-inducing site redirects that seem extremely hard to remove. Besides that, you may also find some other side effects, such as a modified homepage, or another default search engine in your browsing app which you may want to remove.

The reason why the browser hijacker is spamming you with so many commercials and redirecting you to different pages is money. The more ads the program displays, the greater the chance of you clicking on some of them. This, in turn, means more revenue for the developers who generate income on a pay-per-click basis. This is possible thanks to the Pay-Per-Click (or PPC) system, which is a very common strategy to make money online. You would be amazed by how many companies opera on this principle and, for the most part, there is nothing illegal with it. However, as more and more people try to squeeze out every penny from this effective online advertising technique, more and more problems start to occur.

The issues

The nature of some of the displayed ads is among the major risks of having a Browser Hijacker on your computer. In addition to being extremely invasive, sometimes the promotional messages the Hijacker displays may expose you to security hazards. Although it is still rather rare, some of the ads could potentially redirect you to malicious websites full of viruses of all kinds, including the infamous Trojans and Ransomware. That being said, the distinction between a Browser Hijacker such as Easymedia2.com and the actual viruses is still very clear. These two types of software aren’t the same. As a matter of fact, some browser hijackers are considered completely legitimate. A Ransomware or a Trojan-based virus, however, is a tool for cybercrimes, and can damage your system and data in different ways.

Yet, there is another thing that typically raises concerns among most people who have a Browser Hijacker in their systems. This is the fact that programs like Easymedia2.com tend to monitor the users’ web activity. Of course, such pieces of software can’t hack your online banking accounts, or acquire your passwords like a Trojan, or encrypt your information like a Ransomware, but they can keep track of your search queries, browsing history, favorite sites, and other information related to your web surfing. The collected data may be used for various marketing purposes, or can be sold to third parties.

SUMMARY:

Name Easymedia2.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Automatic page-redirects and increased ads exposure are sure indicators of the Browser Hijacker’s presence on the system.
Distribution Method Torrents, free download sites, spam messages and software bundles are typically sources of Browser Hijackers.
Detection Tool

Remove Easymedia2.com Virus

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


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Easymedia2.com from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Easymedia2.com from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Easymedia2.com from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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—-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!


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