Msg4u.xyz is a browser hijacker that infects the main browser and affects the way it behaves. Msg4u.xyz will causes the browser to send you to unknown sites and to spam you with ads generated by a new homepage that has replaced your previous one.
In addition to that, some other changes that may occur in the browser are related to the toolbar buttons and the default search engine used by the browser. If, for instance, you type a search word or phrase in your browser’s omnibox and start the search only to realize that the search engine your browser is using is now different from the one you are used to using, then there’s more than likely a hijacker in your browser.
Msg4u.xyz – what is it?
Hijacker apps like Msg4u.xyz tend to redirect the affected Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or other browser to sites that the user didn’t try to visit. The goal of those sudden redirects is to artificially provide the sites you get redirected to with more exposure and with a greater view count. What this does is it effectively boosts the rating of the promoted website, potentially leading to an increase in the advertising revenue earned by its owners.
The Msg4u.xyz Virus
All in all, advertising different websites by providing them with more exposure and promoting certain products is the main purpose of most apps like the Msg4u.xyz virus. They aren’t inherently harmful and would rarely cause any actual and long-lasting system issues. That being said, it is undeniable that having such an app added to your browser can be extremely unpleasant.
Most users choose to change their main browser in hopes of using a browsing program that isn’t “infected” by an intrusive hijacker such as Msg4u. However, this “solution” is only a temporary fix and it is typically not effective in the long term. Besides, Msg4u may very well manage to attach itself to the new main browser and once again begin to bother you with its advertisements. That is why we suggest you focus on removing Msg4u instead of trying to avoid it.
The dangers that could come from this hijacker
Despite not being intended to harm your computer or do anything else malicious in it unlike threats like Trojan viruses, worms, or Ransomware, a hijacker is still not an app that you are advised to keep on your computer. The popups and banners that it displays on your screen while you are browsing as well as the sudden page redirects and the changes in the browser could all potentially put your system’s security in serious jeopardy. Any unauthorized changes or processes in your computer may make it more likely for your machine to get infected by highly dangerous infections, including Ransomware, Spyware, or Trojans. It is highly advisable that you make sure to remove the intrusive hijacker as soon as possible. If you follow the removal guide we have posted here, on this page, you should be able to get rid of Msg4u.xyz within a matter of minutes.
Remove Msg4u.xyz Virus
To try and remove Msg4u.xyz quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Msg4u.xyz extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Msg4u.xyz by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Msg4u.xyz and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Msg4u.xyz removal guide below.
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
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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:
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.
- 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.
Remove Msg4u.xyz 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 Msg4u.xyz from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Msg4u.xyz 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.
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—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!