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A number of people have recently been affected by a browser hijacker called Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj. Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj is commonly distributed in a package with various free applications, updates, torrents and software bundles.
So it is no surprise that there are so many users who have found Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj on their computers as a result from the installation of another software package. No matter how attractive Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj may look, however, this application typically has little to no benefit for the people who have it on their PCs as it tends to create a lot of browsing irritation through its ads and endless page-redirects.
The Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj Virus
For instance, once Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj becomes part of the system, it may automatically replace the homepage or set a new search engine service to the main browser (it could happen on Chrome, Opera, Firefox and so on). As a typical browser hijacker, Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj may also show tons of pop-up ads during your regular browsing sessions and may prompt you to click on different links, page-redirect offers and intrusive banners.
If you have landed on this page because you are already experiencing such activities, our advice is to be careful around the newly installed components and the randomly generated adverts because there is no guarantee that they are all safe and reliable. If you happen to accidentally click on a misleading ad or the hijacker redirects you to some unfamiliar web location, you may come across security hazards and nasty infections such as ransomware, Trojans and other viruses.
The best way to avoid such an encounter is to remove Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj, Apps 1.0, Apps or Pejhfhcoekcajgokallhmklcjkkeemgj and uninstall all of its related components. That’s why, in the removal guide below, we will show you the exact steps that you need to follow in order to safely get rid of the browser hijacker and its potentially unwanted activities.
Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj can be removed either manually or automatically, but security experts recommend using the second option if you have never dealt with a browser hijacker before. Otherwise you may accidentally fail to delete all the data related to the hijacker such as the browser helper objects which may have been installed in the system along with the ad-generating application.
Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to the malware and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
Look for the Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj extension
Get rid of Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by the malicious program or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj
Open task manager
Look for the Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a malicious process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj in there
Uninstall Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
What issues may Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj cause if it remains in your system?
Macjkjgieeoakdlmmfefgmldohgddpkj is not a virus or a representative of any malware category. That’s why the application is unlikely to cause any permanent damage to your system or corrupt your files like ransomware or a Trojan horse virus. Yet, you should be careful with the components and the content generated by this application because, as we said above, you never know where they may redirect you to It is very clear that the main purpose of this browser hijacker is to earn profit from sponsored ads and links that it displays. Therefore, what you can expect from it is to constantly get prompted to visit different third-party websites and offers during your regular web surfing. Apart from this, you may experience browser unresponsiveness, modified search results, sluggishness and sudden crashes, which may further direct you towards the decision to uninstall the browser hijacker.
About the author
Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.