MicTrayDebugger “Malware” Removal

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

If MicTrayDebugger “Malware” has installed its ad-generating script on your machine then you probably already have faced its unstoppable flow of ads, pop-ups, different banners, boxes and blinking messages, which start to appear the very moment you open your browser. Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer are the most commonly affected by this program, but some other, not so popular browsers, can also be invaded. We have received numerous reports from users, who keep blaming this program for causing them an immense browsing disturbance, but they are unable to uninstall or remove it effectively. That’s why, on this page, our team of experts will provide a neat removal guide, which can help everyone to get rid of MicTrayDebugger “Malware” and make all of its nagging popping ads disappear. Before you reach its instructions, though, let us give you some very useful information about Adware programs in general, as well as the specifics of this program and its activity.

Adware – a tool for profit through nagging ads!

Adware is a special software category, which is developed just to serve the needs of the online advertising industry. It is not a secret that this industry is the main source of profits for many businesses, and there is a lot of money in it. Pieces of software like MicTrayDebugger “Malware” are just some of the tools employed in the money-making (through Pay-Per-Click schemes or sponsored ads positioning) and are basically used to generate income through aggressive online advertising and clicks. These tools take online marketing to the next level where different intrusive ads, pop-ups, sites, banners and messages get displayed directly on the users’ screen and prompt the users to click on them. This is how basically any adware program operates.

The people, who create such software are the ones who benefit the most because through the clicks the displayed ads receive, they are able to generate huge profits. For the users, whose browser has been invaded and who have to daily face this ads-bombarding activity, however, there are hardly any benefits. Adware can quickly turn into a source of incredible irritation and disturbance and even though its ads don’t seem like a big deal, a lot of people seek for ways to uninstall their source and remove them from their system.

A lot of people refer to MicTrayDebugger “Malware” as a virus, is it really one?

Due to its quite aggressive advertising approach and the irritation it can cause, Adware is often mistaken for a virus. This is the case with MicTrayDebugger “Malware” – many people, who face its unwanted ad-generating activity think that they have probably been attacked by some form of virus or malware like a Trojan horse or Ransomware infection. The reality, however, is that Adware has absolutely nothing in common with any sort of cyber threat and does not share any similarities with the viruses or the other types of malware. Typical malware, like Ransomware or a Trojan-based one, is developed with the sole idea to inflict some harm, to corrupt something, to compromise you, blackmail you or cause some significant malfunction to your system. MicTrayDebugger “Malware”, on the other hand, has no intention to harm any of your files, nor can it cause some major disorder in your computer. It can only affect your browser and usually gets installed on your PC with your permission along with some other software, a free bundle, an automatic setup, or a direct download link. It never tries to hide or infect you in a stealthy way like a real virus will do and, according to the law, is legally developed. Yes, it can be irritating, annoying and invasive, but still, not harmful enough to be considered a serious security threat.

Issues, which may give you a good reason to uninstall MicTrayDebugger “Malware”:

Despite not being considered harmful, Adware can still pose certain indirect risks and unless you fully uninstall it from your system, you can never be sure when and how it may compromise you. One of the features, which some people find disturbing, is the ability of MicTrayDebugger “Malware” to extract some browsing-related data from your browser and transmit it to its developers. Such data is usually called “traffic data” and consists of details about your browsing history, your latest web searches, the pages you frequently visit and your bookmarks. The adware developers find this data very valuable from a marketing point of view and once they collect it, they can use it for various advertising campaigns or even sell it for profits to some other marketers. Apart from this privacy invasion, MicTrayDebugger “Malware” may cause some issues with your browser, cause it to crash or freeze, make it unresponsive to your searches and generally, affect is normal performance by flooding it with tons of aggressive ads.


Name MicTrayDebugger
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may face unstoppable flow of ads, pop-ups, different banners, boxes and blinking messages, which start to appear the very moment you open your browser.
Distribution Method Spam, intrusive ads, direct downloads form the web, free software bundles, automatic installers, emails, torrents, freeware and shareware platforms. 
Detection Tool

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MicTrayDebugger “Malware” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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. 


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. 


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


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:


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


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.



  • 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).


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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove MicTrayDebugger “Malware” 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 MicTrayDebugger “Malware” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove MicTrayDebugger “Malware” 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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!

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