Mykiger Virus

Mykiger

Mykiger is a site-redirecting malware app that will constantly cause page-redirects in the main browser of your system with the goal to generate Pay-Per-View revenue. The main problem with irritating apps like Mykiger is that they don’t always promote the safest of sites and therefore could potentially expose you to different hazards.

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The Mykiger virus controls the browser’s search engine service, starting page and new-tab page

It is, without a doubt, an irritating and frustrating experience to surf the online world while random advertisements are ceaselessly appearing on the screen of your computer trying to redirect you to some obscure page or to sell you some item or program. And though nowadays most sites on the Internet tend to use such adverts, banners and box-messages to boost their sales or to make extra money by promoting some other site’s items, it’s also possible that the ads in your browser are not coming from any specific site whatsoever. Many users actually have a hijacker apps like Mykiger and Brainy Choose Captcha installed in their browser which controls the browser’s search engine service, starting page and new-tab page and which also directly swarms the browser with adverts. Any browsing program could become “victim” of such hijackers – even Chrome, Firefox and Safari are not immune to that. That is why there are so many users with a browser hijacker inside of their browsing programs and, in fact, many people do not even know about it. If the symptoms we have described above are something that you, yourself, have recently been dealing with, you may need to check your browser for hijackers and then remove the unwanted software if it gets found. We already mentioned Mykiger – a particularly irritating piece of software that can be regarded as a browser hijacker and inside a guide that you will see shortly, we have included removal instructions that could help our readers remove Mykiger from their machines and browsers. In case you are one of the many customers with this invasive software piece in their browsers, you may want to follow the instructions as that will allow you to full uninstall the hijacker and return your main browser back to its regular state.

It is no secret that the criminals of the Internet are very good at finding different ways of reaching more and more computers with their Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other forms of malicious programs. One of the all time most popular tools used to achieve that are the different types of malicious adverts that they tend to spread on the Internet. This is precisely why most cyber security researchers advice the web users to keep their distance from any overly invasive online advertisements, especially if they are coming from obscure and unreliable sites. However, you can’t really be sure what the sources of the adverts that a Mykiger generates are. They could be reliable and legitimate online stores but could also be shady phishing pages, obscene and sketchy sites and even sites filled with Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty infections. Because of this, you cannot trust anything a hijacker shows on your screen. This is also yet another reason why you really need to take actions towards getting rid of the pesky Mykiger – it may not be a virus but it is also not a reliable app and you are strongly advised to not interact with any of the content it may spam in side your browser.

SUMMARY:

NameMykiger
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
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Remove Mykiger Virus

To remove Mykiger from your PC and the browser (or browsers) infected by it, the next steps must be compelted carefully in the order they are given:

  1. First, you need to make sure that you delete any recently installed programs that may be untrusted and related to the hijacker infection.
  2. The next task is to eradicate any rogue processes that may be shown in the Task Manager.
  3. Three, it’s very important to revoke any Registry, Hosts file, or Startup items list changes introduced by the hijacker.
  4. Finally, do not forget to remove Mykiger from your browser and then clear the browser settings.

We strongly recommend that you first familiarize yourself with the detailed instructions for each of those steps that you will find down below, and only then attempt to manually delete Mykiger.

Detailed Mykiger Removal Guide

We recommend disconnecting the infected PC from the Internet – this can help with the hijacker removal as it will prevent Mykiger from reaching out to its servers and receiving new instructions and/or resources from them.

Step 1

Your first task is to open the Start Menu, find and visit the Control Panel, and access its Programs and Features/Uninstall a Program section. There, look for a program that has been recently installed (around the time of the hijacker infection) and that may be related to Mykiger and/or that simply looks suspicious. If such a program is visible in that list, right-click it, click the Uninstall button, and perform the uninstallation. Remember to uncheck any clauses in the uninstaller that may keep data from the program on your computer after the uninstallation.

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Step 2

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Type Task Manager in the search field below the Start Menu, open the first app and have a look at the Processes tab. If there you see an item with the name Mykiger or another similar name, right-click on it, open the File Location folder of that process, then click the process, select the End Process button from the bottom-right, and confirm the action. After that, switch to the Location folder you’ve just opened, delete everything that’s in it, and then delete the folder itself.

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If you didn’t see a process that is named Mykiger or anything similar, then look for other items with suspicious names that also have high resources usage (memory and CPU). If such processes are available in the Task Manager, use the next two methods to figure out if they are rogue and need to be stopped:

  • Use Google (or another reliable search engine site) to look up the process or processes you suspect. If there are any posts on trusted security sites that say the process you suspect may be rogue, you should quit the latter and erase its location folder.
  • The other thing we strongly recommend you try is to open the location folder of the process you suspect and scan everything there with the following free scanner. If it detects even one rogue file in the location folder, this means you need to get rid of the processes and its data.
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    Step 3

    To make sure that Mykiger is prevented from re-launching any rogue processes during the remainder of its removal process, it’s recommended that you enter Safe Mode on your computer – the linked page will show you how you can do this.

    Step 4

    Using the search field below the Start Menu, look for the next four items, open them, and complete the instructions we’ve shown for them below:

      • Ncpa.cpl – When you get to the Network Connections page where you will see one or more network icons, right-click the icon of your preferred network, open the Properties page and double-click on the item that’s named Internet Protocol Version 4. In the following window, click the Obtain an IP address automatically and the Obtain DNS sever address automatically settings (in case they aren’t enabled at the moment), then select the Advanced settings, go to the DNS section, delete any entries that may be shown in the DNS server addresses list, and finally click OK on every open window to save whatever changes you’ve just made.
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      • msconfig – Click the Startup tab (if you are in Windows 10, you will have to click on Open Task Manager to open the Startup items list) and then uncheck the boxes in front of any startup items that you do not recognize or that you think are related to the hijacker. After that, click on the OK button to apply and save the changes (if any have been made).
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      • notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts – See if, at the bottom of the text in the file that opens (just below where it says “Localhost”), there are any IPs. If you see IPs listed there, copy-paste them in the comments section of this page and wait for our reply.
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      • regedit.exe – Before the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) app opens, you will be asked to provide your Admin approval, so click Yes to continue. In the next window, click on Edit from the top, then click Find, and perform a search for Mykiger. If there is a result from the search, delete the found item, and search again. Keep searching for and deleting Mykiger items until there are no more left in the Registry.
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        The next thing you must do is visit those next three directories (in the left panel) and search them for items with strange and long names that look randomized (for example, a name that looks like this: “3290ued93j98d390tujr90d498rjd“). If you do find anything similar, tell us about it through the comments below and wait for use to tell you what to do next.
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main

    Step 5

    Last but not least, you must make sure that each browser that’s installed on your PC no longer has anything related to the hijacker in it.

    Start by right-clicking the icon of the main browser, accessing the Properties section, and going to the Shortcut tab. There, erase any letters or numbers that may be written in the Target field after “.exe“.

    Following that, launch that browser, select the menu icon (should be in the top-left or top-right corner depending on the specific browser) and open the Extensions (or Add-ons) section. Chrome users would first need to select the More Tools side-menu to get the Extensions option.

    In the Extensions page, look for anything unfamiliar or suspicious. Also look for extensions that you haven’t installed yourself. If you find any items that may be unwanted, first Disable them and only them click their Remove buttons to delete them.

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    Now go to the Settings section from the browser menu, and find and click the settings section labelled Privacy and Security (or something similar to that).

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    In there, search for an option named Delete/Clear browsing data or Choose what to clear (if you are a Microsoft Edge user).

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    In the window that shows up, click the Advanced tab (if there is such a tab), make sure to put ticks in all boxes, leaving only the one labelled Passwords unchecked (if there is such a box), and then click Clear (data) to erase all temporary browser data that may still hold records of the hijacker.

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    Lastly, remember that the current step must be performed for reach an every browser that is installed on the computer and not only the main one or the one(s) that seems infected.

    If you are still having problems with Mykiger

    If the problem continues and Mykiger isn’t going away, our recommendation is to try deleting it with the advanced removal tool we’ve linked on this page. The reason you may need to use this tool is because it’ possible that another piece of undesired software/malware, one that may be more harmful, could be helping the hijacker stay on your computer. Oftentimes, Trojans and Rootkits are used for providing other rogue software with persistence, and to safely delete such threats, it’s recommended that you use professional software to clean the system. The tool we’ve included in the guide can simultaneously take care of all unwanted and/or malicious software on your computer, so that none of it would be able to evade removal or return on its own the next time you boot up your PC.

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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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