Meganotify “Virus” Removal (June 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Meganotify “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Applications that belong to the browser hijacker type have long been some of the biggest annoyances that computer users all over the world have been forced to deal with on numerous occasions. A good example of a hijacker app is Meganotify “Virus” – this is a recently released piece of software that initially seems to function like any other extension for Chrome, IE, Edge, Firefox or some other browsing program. However, do not let this first impression fool you – hijackers are not your typical browser add-on that would make your online experience safer or more pleasant and productive. Quite the opposite – a hijacker such as Meganotify is likely to try to impose changes on your browser – it could, for example, replace the starting page or the search engine of your browsing program and it might also be capable of frequently redirecting your browsing sessions to pages that the irritating app is seeking to promote and advertise. In fact, conducting online advertising campaigns is the most typical use of hijacker software applications. This is actually the thing that makes them so annoying – most hijackers would not stop trying to push various adverts and offers in your browser and usually, unless the intrusive software is removed, the irritation would not cease regardless of what else you might try to do. For instance, closing an advert or a page redirect wouldn’t do much as it is likely that other ones would pop-up in their place. Furthermore, oftentimes the closing buttons for the ads that a hijacker app might put on your screen are actually a part of the advert and clicking on them would count as clicking on the ad itself which, in turn, is likely to result in a redirect to some site or online store. As far as the changes to you browser are concerned, bringing things back to normal is likely not going to be possible if you don’t first eliminate the unwanted app as it would usually try to re-introduce the browser modifications even if you manage to remove them for the time being. With all of that said, it’s likely obvious why most people would prefer if they could simply get rid of any Meganotify-like software. The good news is that here, on this page, we can help all those of you who are currently struggling with this hijacker. Just read the rest of the guide and then head down to our removal manual – the instructions provided in it will guide you through the different tasks you’d need to complete in order to ensure that there’s nothing left of Meganotify “Virus” on your machine.

Meganotify “Virus” Removal

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

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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.

DNS

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 Meganotify 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 Meganotify from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Meganotify 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

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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!

Sidenote: If the instructions seem too complicated or if you do not feel confident enough to follow them, know that you can always ask for our assistance by using the comments section. Also, you can make use of the suggested removal tool from the guide – it can also help you get rid of the unwanted browser-redirecting app.

But is there any danger for the computer?

Most researchers agree that, even though hijacker redirects are typically unwanted and highly-irritating, they are not actual viruses. In contrast to real and nasty cyber threats like Ransomware, Spyware, Worms and Trojans, the hijacker software category is pretty harmless (in most cases). Sure, it might be annoying to be constantly getting redirected to random sponsored/promoted pages but usually this will not directly damage your PC. That said, if you happen to click on some shady and obscure advert, there’s a certain chance that you might land on some hazardous webpage where your PC might get exposed to malware. Because of this, we advise you to remove Meganotify from your machine if you do not want to accidentally get redirected to some questionable site that might be used for distribution of Ransomware, Trojans Horses or any other type of viruses. Also, for the same reason, it’s a good idea that you keep away from any hijacker-related content that might get put on your screen.

Avoiding unwanted software in future

Most software that isn’t malware but is deemed unwanted gets distributed through methods like spam messages and misleading advertising campaigns that trick the users into installing the unwanted apps. Another popular technique for distributing PUAs (potentially unwanted applications) is the file-bundling model – with this method the hijacker gets installed alongside another program by getting added to the installer of that other program as an optional element. In most cases, the clause for installing the hijacker is “opt-out” which means that you’d need to manually disable the installation of the added app in order to leave it out. You can typically do this through the custom setup menu so we advise you to always use that menu when you are about to install any new program on your PC.

SUMMARY:

Name Meganotify
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The majority of hijacker apps tend to replace the search engine and the starting page of the browser which is how you can spot them.
Distribution Method The most usual methods are spam messages, misleading ads and software bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.