Mennythanks “Virus” Removal (Sept. 2018 Update)


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

Today we will be reviewing a piece of software called Mennythanks “Virus” which belongs to one of the most irritating software categories – the so called browser hijackers. This basic form of a browser hijacker is famous for its ability to access and modify all your browser programs – even (especially) the most popular ones like Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. Some of the possible modifications such a page redirect could cause involve causing too many bothering redirection to promoted pages or producing a really big number of online advertisements in all possible forms (pop-ups, new browser tabs, pop-unders). It is also possible that such redirects like Mennythanks “Virus” might set new a homepage and a new search engine the user’s browser.

That is why we came up with the passages below – to help you successfully get rid of this cyber annoyance and never catch it back again. 

Mennythanks “Virus”

Is there anything special about browser hijackers?

What is worth mentioning when it comes to browser hijackers is the fact that they are not normally malicious programs. On the other contrary – they are mostly used for advertising purposes and normally have no harmful capabilities. What they typically do is they promote certain products, sites or online services thus earning revenue for their creators..

However, there could be some suspicious traits regarding page redirects like Mennythanks “Virus”. Some of them might be the research these hijackers perform into the browsing history of your browsing programs. This means that later on the displayed pop-ups could match your latest online searchers – many users might see this as a privacy invasion.

What else looks suspicious about the known browser hijackers is the fact that they may cause some unwanted redirects to sites with shady reputations. This could possibly, though unlikely, lead to some serious malware infections.

Removing Mennythanks “Virus”(or other similar page redirects):

Our specialized Removal Guide has been designed with the single purpose of enabling you to deal with this annoying issue yourself. Never hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or if you seek some other advice – simply comment and we will take care of your request.

Mennythanks “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

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 Mennythanks 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 Mennythanks from Firefox:

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

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

Where could these irritating page redirects be found?

Page redirects are present everywhere on the Internet nowadays. There are no concrete sources, though, there certainly are some very common ones. Among them we should mention spam – all kinds of emails, hyperlinks, unwanted ads that you might come across online. Also, any platforms for illegally distributed movies, videos and torrents could include hijackers or other forms of advertising software.

Nonetheless, the most common source of page redirects such as Mennythanks “Virus” remains the so-called bundling. A bundle is basically a software package with several programs combine into one installer. There’s typically a main program and some other apps added to it – the user normally only wants the main program but if they are not careful, they might also get the bundled applications installed on their PC as well and this is how many hijacker installations occur.

Avoiding Mennythanks “Virus”:

Of course, getting any bundle downloaded does NOT equal catching such an online annoyance like browser hijackers. It is simple – you may skip the part with the floods of ads and the bothering redirection if you learn how to install free software, but opt out of the secret “bonuses” inside such bundles.

What is particularly important here is to always go with the proper installation feature – this is usually the one providing you with the most control over the process. Normally, such a setup option should be labeled Advanced, Custom or Manual. So, when an installation wizard pops up in front of you, make sure to first look for one of these features. Choosing it will grant you with the chance to easily deselect any unwanted program features or programs themselves from the list of bundled software.

Some of the other great prevention  tips that we could share with you is to make sure you keep your Firewall ON so that some of the possible sources of redirects could be prevented from reaching your device. Moreover, it is of utmost importance to ensure that your OS, as well as your antivirus/anti-malware tool are fully updated.  Of course, careful browsing matters as well – you need to be cautious while online as the web world is enormous and full of threats much more hazardous than Mennythanks. Simply stay away from the suspicious content out there and you will not regret that.

SUMMARY:

Name Mennythanks
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some bothering processes such as search request redirection or ad generation.
Distribution Method Various sources including bundles, spam, torrents, shareware, web platforms.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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