Prize mediayou Removal (August 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Prize mediayou. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Prize mediayou is a new browser hijacking application which can silently get installed in the system via software bundling or through some other similar method. Once inside, the application can make system changes and modify the settings of Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any browser installed on the device. The main feature of this potentially unwanted application is that it usually sets a new search engine and/or a new homepage URL by default and starts a page redirecting services to different sites, ads, pop-ups and annoying banners. If you are questioning the legitimacy of Prize mediayou, we want to remind you that, as any other browser hijacker, this application is not a virus but a legitimate online advertising tool. Yet, the developers of the application may set it to impose some potentially unwanted modifications and activities, which may give you a good reason to have it removed. More about these activities you can read below so stay with us and learn how to uninstall Prize mediayou without risk for your system.

Prize mediayou may affect any browser and make it display hundreds of ads!

The so-called Prize mediayou “virus” tends to change browser settings and set a new homepage domain, default search engine, or a new toolbar on your default browsing app, usually without asking for your permission. In addition, this browser hijacker may modify some of the system settings and start unwanted redirects to completely inappropriate web pages. It may also begin to display many online ads, banners, pop-ups and other ad content all over your screen. Fortunately, this activity is not aimed at causing you harm but at increasing online traffic to certain domains and boosting their popularity. If the hijacker gets incorporated into the system, it will likely not affect anything else aside your browser and usually is not related to any criminal or destructive deeds. To your relief, unlike real viruses such as Ransomware or Trojans, for example, this software does not contain harmful scripts and is not expected to perform system attacks.

Prize mediayou Removal

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Prize mediayou 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 Prize mediayou from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Prize mediayou 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!

Still, you may not like it that Prize mediayou may be programmed to explore your browsing history, search queries, pages you frequently visit, ads you click, IP address and more and may try to use such info for its advertising campaigns. The information that the hijacker may gather is usually necessary for the implementation of behavioral marketing strategies or popular revenue gaining methods such as Pay-Per-Click or sponsored ads positioning. Oftentimes, the people who use the advertising software may use data from your online activity to share it with third parties or sell it to ad networks for profits. As a result, you may often notice that Prize mediayou may display different online ads based on the interests and searches you’ve recently made. In some cases, however, the hijacker may redirect you to insecure or questionable web content and this way indirectly increase the risk of exposing you to security threats or viruses the likes of Ransomware or Trojans. For these reasons, we would generally advise you to remove the browser hijacker from the system and prevent the collection of browsing data or potential close encounters with security hazards.

How to bring your browser back to normal?

According to users affected by it, it is terribly irritating to find out that you cannot use your preferred search engine or homepage settings and that you are forced to deal with completely unknown browser components, redirects and nagging ads. Yet, most people are unaware of the fact that oftentimes they are the ones responsible for setting the hijacker and its changes on their computer. This usually happens if they do not customize the installation of new free software and only press the “Next” button when installing new applications such as download managers, PDF documents applications, video streaming software and various free applications bundles, torrents or automatic installers. To avoid this, you should start paying more attention when installing free software. It is always a good idea to read what’s covered in the Privacy Policy and the End User License Agreement as well as to make sure that you have selected the User or Advanced Setup instead of the Automatic/Quick one. It’s also very important to uncheck any statements such as “Make Prize mediayou my starting page”, “I agree to make Prize mediayou my default search engine” and similar pre-selected agreements. Otherwise, you may be forced to deal with the “agreed” changes later and wonder how to uninstall them.

How to uninstall Prize mediayou from a Windows Operating System?

It is not easy to get rid of the browser hijacker and its activities if you don’t know what you are doing. Oftentimes, you may find yourself stuck in useless attempts to get the nagging ads removed from your screen or uninstall the imposed browser changes. The reason is, this software may install various additional components that prevent users from setting their preferred home page or search engine and that overrides any changes made by the user, prioritizing the hijacker’s settings. That’s why, in most of the cases, for effective removal you may need to scan your computer with a professional anti-malware application (like the one recommended on this page) or use a professional Removal Guide such as the one we have prepared for you here.

SUMMARY:

Name Prize mediayou
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Annoyng page redirects, homepage or search engine modifications, intrusive ads generation.
Distribution Method Mostly distributed via software bundles, free installers, automatic installation managers, torrents, freeware sites, spam.
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