Mybetterdl


Mybetterdl

Mybetterdl is a malware add-on that hijackers the default browser in the infected system and installs in it components that collect data related to the user’s surfing habits. Mybetterdl uses the data obtained from the browser to spam the user with targeted ads.

Mybetterdl

The Mybetterdl virus is known for making unwanted browser changes

If the Mybetterdl hijacker is getting on your nerves and you cannot make its page-redirects and ad generation stop, then you should definitely explore the current page and read the information provided in it. Mybetterdl is not a virus and it won’t harm your computer but it is still an unwanted app and may even lead to a decrease in the security levels of your system. That is why we urge you to carefully read the next paragraphs and then remove the invasive program with the help of our uninstallation guide.

The app we are writing about is basically an extension for Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers, but the difference between it and other more desirable extensions is that Mybetterdl is known for making unwanted browser changes. It can replace your search engine, set up a new homepage address, and install page-redirecting elements that constantly land you on pages filled with ads and questionable offers. This can surely make it quite challenging to use your browser in a normal and effective way, but what’s worse about this sort of apps is the fact that their uncontrolled ad-generating and page-redirecting activities may get your system exposed to some really serious online threats.

The annoying abilities of Mybetterdl and other similar apps like Humisnee are actually the lesser problem related to the browser hijackers. The more unpleasant and less obvious issue with these apps is the fact that they may get you redirected to various unsafe online locations, including phishing pages, sites filled with malware, or pages that advertise fake or misleading offers. In some of the worst case scenarios, a user with a hijacker in their browser may get their computer attacked by a harmful Trojan or may get their files locked up by a Ransomware cryptovirus.

We need to mention, though, that the purpose of most hijacker apps is not related to getting your computer compromised and exposed to harm. The decreased safety is only a by-product of the hijacker’s activities. The actual purpose of these apps is to make money for their developers via various online advertising methods. A hijacker could spam you with pay-per-click ads that earn money for each click and they can also collect valuable marketing info from the users’ browsers which is to be sold to third-party advertisers or directly utilized by the hijacker for the purposes of targeted advertising.

We can go on and on about the different ways these apps earn advertising revenue but that’s not necessary for the purposes of this post. Our main goal here is to help you free your browser from Mybetterdl and we are going to do that by giving you a neatly organized list of removal steps that you are supposed to follow in order to uninstall the unwanted piece of software from your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name Mybetterdl
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijacker apps spam the users with page-redirects and change the settings of their browsers.
Distribution Method You can land a hijacker after opening a spam message’s attachment or by installing a file bundle.
Detection Tool

Remove Mybetterdl Virus

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


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

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. 

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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.

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    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Mybetterdl 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 Mybetterdl from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Mybetterdl 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

    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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    About the author

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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