Mio.exe “Virus” Removal (May 2017 Update)

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

In the following article we are going to discuss the probable effects of Mio.exe “Virus”. This is a software piece that has been bothering users worldwide lately by broadcasting too many unwanted advertisements (most often in the form of banners and pop-ups). The bad news is that such products may infect any and all of your browser apps (Chrome, Firefox and Explorer). The relatively good news is that just below, at the end of this page, you will find a thorough Removal Guide. The instructions inside it have been specifically designed to help you remove this irritating ad-generating program. For more essential info, please continue reading the text below.

What sort of software is Mio.exe “Virus”?

This program belongs to the popular ad-broadcasting software family called Adware. Its members have become one of the most common online irritations, which you might ever experience. All the representatives of this software category are specialized in producing ads, however, not the usual website-hosted pop-ups and banners that we’re used to only seeing on certain websites. The advertisements Mio.exe “Virus” could produce might indeed be awfully bothering as such ads are very likely to pop up whenever you try to use any of your browser apps.

Are these ad-broadcasting programs in any way characterized as malware?

In spite of the the annoyance Mio.exe “Virus” and the programs related to it may result in, they are NOT known to possess any harmful features. They represent simple online marketing instruments, not real viruses.

What the usual forms of malware typically do to your system: The most common malware types – the Trojans and the Ransomware viruses, normally have the habit of harming your devices and systems. For example, Trojans are notorious for being capable of performing a big number of different harmful activities: such as stealing private information, even taking money from your bank accounts. The Ransomware-like malware, on the other hand, can start detecting and encrypting your most sensitive and important data once your device has been contaminated. Then you end up being harassed into paying a ransom for the decryption.

Is there anything even slightly suspicious that Adware may do? The behaviour of Mio.exe “Virus” and the other Adware-based programs could sometimes show some slightly shady features. For example, for the purpose of making the advertising process more successful, the creators of such promotion-oriented software may program their products to completely review the history of your browser apps and based on the results of this research – to display only the ads you are supposedly interested in. Such a feature may be a little intrusive, however, it could even appear useful after all.

Finally, a usual infection caused by a program like Mio.exe “Virus” may occur in the following ways:

After downloading and installing software bundles: Such products are known as the most common sources of Adware. In fact, this successful adware-distributing practice lies in the fact that such bundles represent many very diverse products – apps, games, Adware, browser hijackers, new programs mixed and spread together. Indeed, everyone can find something interesting inside them. That’s the way any naive user could be tempted into downloading and installing such a software mix. It is vital to point out that you will NOT be dealing with any contamination in case you simply download such a bundle. Actually, an infection could only occur in case you have not performed the installation process in a proper and careful way. The only right installation method includes as many manual steps as possible. Thus you could check what a mix may consist of and what exactly you need installed on your computer. The installation feature for you is named either ADVANCED or CUSTOM.

If you have visited suspicious websites, downloaded strange torrents or opening unknown emails. Shareware, torrents and spam may also be carriers of Adware-like programs. Just avoid them.

Even if Mio.exe “Virus” is not an actual virus, is it a legal means of advertising products and services?

Fortunately, all marketing-driven apps and programs are legitimate. The manner in which this scheme with the produced ads works is mentioned here – the more ads the contaminated users see and click on, the more money the developer of the program earns. It is considered a true fact that an intense exposure to the ads of a particular product could result in the desire to purchase the advertised product/service.

How to remove Mio.exe “Virus”?

In order to remove Mio.exe “Virus”, follow the instructions which the Removal Guide below includes.

SUMMARY:

Name Mio.exe
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A great number of annoying ads troubling your browsing experience.
Distribution Method Various ones including program bundles, spam, infected websites and shareware.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Mio.exe “Virus” 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.


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 Mio.exe “Virus” 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 Mio.exe “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Mio.exe “Virus” 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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!