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Myavids targets popular web browsing programs such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox and others. Myavids integrates with these browser and causes them to generate online ads on the screens of infected users.
This invasive behavior has earned software of this kind the collective name of browser hijackers. And once we’ve described exactly how programs like Myavids operate, you will understand why.
The Myavids Virus
Now, browser hijackers, like the Myavids virus, are generally not seen as harmful software. At worst, they’re considered to be potentially unwanted programs or PUPs, but they cannot damage your system the way that a virus or pieces of malware could.
However, because of their obvious intrusiveness and apparent lack of features that would somehow benefit the end user, they fall into the gray area between actual viruses and regular, useful applications. Contributing to this fact is also the background processes that are typically run by browser hijackers such as Myavids Great Captcha Snow or Herofherlittl.
Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Myavids.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Myavids.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Myavids from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Myavids extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Myavids and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Myavids” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Myavids
Open task manager
Look for the Myavids process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Myavids
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “Myavids” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Myavids
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Myavids in there
Uninstall Myavids from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Myavids-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Myavids in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
For example, Myavids will typically take the liberty of substituting your default search engine with a custom one – without asking for your permission. And that same search engine may also be set as the new homepage. And, you guessed right, it will also not ask for your approval. What’s more, you won’t even be allowed to change these configurations back. As long as Myavids is in your system, those settings will stay as the browser hijacker intended and that’s it. Moving on, browser hijackers typically also install ad-generating components in the browser. This enables the generation and display of obscene amounts of online ads in the form of banners, popups, box messages, in-text links, etc. And as if that weren’t bad enough, a piece like Myavids can also make your browser initiate page redirects. So, you may very often find yourself redirected to random websites just as you were peacefully browsing the web. Thus, if you’ve already had enough of all this advertising nonsense, and you’re ready to move on with your life, you’ve come to the right page. Here, we will show you how you can manually remove Myavids from your system, together with all of its constituents and unwanted effects on your online experience.
How dangerous is Myavids?
For instance, in order to optimize the flow of ads, software of this kind may actively monitor your browsing patterns and compile this data in order to tailor the popups and banners to your preferences. This can have various degrees of underlying consequences, for instance, your system may be put under pressure due to the amount of resources that Myavids may use for this purpose. And that may lead to sluggishness, freezes, browser crashes, etc. Not to mention that the data collected from your browser can be of value to various third parties, so it may be sold without your knowledge or approval. Furthermore, software of this type could potentially also expose you to unsafe web locations. And those may easily be sources of malware like Trojans, rootkits, spyware, ransomware and who knows what else. So, with all this in mind, it’s best to simply remove Myavids and spare yourself the risk of dealing with any of these problems.
About the author
Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.