This page aims to help you remove the Moonly Search “Virus” for free. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
You are now on our page maybe because you have noticed some strange and probably unpleasant changes within your browser. Recently there may have been plenty of various ads: pop-ups, banners, text boxes and hyperlinks. What’s more, your home page might have been changed or your entire browser may not respond to your commands in a proper way. If the reasons above more or less match your current issues, you are at the right place. We have provided a lot of useful information about the cause of your unpleasant experience in the article below and we have also made a removal guide to help you uninstall this annoying piece of software.
What is really important about Moonly Search?
First of all, Moonly Search is apparently the program that is responsible for the popping up of so many advertisements on your monitor. This program has been identified as a browser hijacker. The so-called hijackers are pieces of software that usually may generate a lot of ads in many forms; they could also program your browser to redirect you to certain web pages. To top it all, they may also be able to change the home page of your browser with one of their own. Honestly, such software may be really annoying because you may be unable to explore the Internet fully or to use your browser properly. Nevertheless, don’t get overly worried! Browser hijackers may be extremely irritating but most of them are relatively harmless and do not represent viruses. Real malware products can steal personal details like banking and account credentials. They can also turn on your own web camera and record you without your knowledge and consent. Moonly Search and the other hijackers don’t usually do anything like that. What they are interested in is the displaying of a great number of ads and the change of your hope page with the one that they are programmed to popularize. And now we are going to elaborate on that.
To begin with, in order to fully comprehend the reason for such a desire for generating ads, you first need to know how Moonly Search and the programs similar to it get distributed. The way in which browser hijackers get spread around the users worldwide most often is from the inside of software bundles. A software bundle is a combination of different kinds of software – Adware, original newly developed programs, browser hijackers, etc. Developers use such combos to distribute their own software for free, but to generate some profits as well. We all know that the marketing industry is one of the most profitable ones, so the ads that such programs show or the home pages that are promoted all result in making money. And this is the apparent reason for distributing such probably annoying programs – the money that a programmer may get from popularizing and spreading them. All these facts may make you wonder whether such programs are prohibited by the law. The answer is that they are legitimate. They are just disturbing marketing tools, but still legal ones.
Another question may pop up as you are reading this article. How and when on the earth have you caught Moonly Search? As there is no right answer, we are just going to give you some information about the most possible ways of getting infected. As we have mentioned above, the usual transport for the browser hijackers are the so-called software bundles. However, Moonly Search can’t become a part of your PC right after you have downloaded such a mixture of software. It needs to be installed. Many users do install such hijackers to their browsers, most of the time unknowingly, by making one tiny but serious mistake when it comes to the installation process. Some of them click on the installation options such as DEFAULT / QUICK / AUTOMATIC. It is highly undesirable to use those features as they will install everything from the bundle on your PC. In this way you may end up infected with all kinds of irritating software like Adware and browser hijackers and even viruses like Ransomware. When it comes to installing some software on your machine, just be safe and use only the ADVANCED or the CUSTOM feature of the installation wizard. They will give you all the info about the content of the bundle and you can see all the details in their EULAs.
When you decide to remove Moonly Search…
Please continue reading, as at the end of this page you will find an uninstallation guide that will work just perfectly when it comes to the removal of Moonly Search. If you implement all the steps carefully and in the way explained in the guide, you will get rid of the browser hijacker that is disturbing you at the moment – Moonly Search.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Many constantly appearing ads. Changed homepage of the browser. Possibly some redirecting pop-ups.|
|Distribution Method||Could mainly be found in software bundles.|
|Detection Tool||Moonly Search may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Moonly Search Removal
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).
- Do not skip this – Moonly Search may have hidden some of its files.
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:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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.
Remove Moonly Search from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Moonly Search from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Moonly Search from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!