Today’s article is directed at understanding and removing the pest that is MediaUpdate99.com. Disclaimer! While you can find the Removal Guide by the end of the article we highly recommend you take a little extra time and read it in full. Understanding how these things operate can help you protect against similar adware in the future.
MediaUpdate99.com – a brief introduction
As you have probably already found out MediaUpdate99.com’s primary goal is to infest your internet browser with unwanted advertisements. Agents such as MediaUpdate99.com are thus dubbed Adware. Note that what you are seeing are rarely even real – they are in fact generated by MediaUpdate99.com using your own computer’s CPU. If you have been experiencing slowdowns as of late this is likely the culprit.
Note that anything that comes out of MediaUpdate99.com likely carries one of these 3 agendas:
- Waste your time
- Attempt to make you give it money
- Install malware on your computer
The proper course of action while dealing with the ads is to just ignore them – close all the windows, do not install or download anything. If some of the ads seem tempting remember its fake- MediaUpdate99.com has likely scanned your browsing and search histories and targets your interests. Besides ads you may also see any of the following
- Prompts to update existing programs
- Offers to download free programs (often anti-malware)
- Warnings to install missing plug-ins
- Demands to install specific Video Player in order to see something
All of these are most certainly malware.
MediaUpdate99.com – common ways of infecting computers
The most useful perk needed to deal with ad-and-malware is experience with them. It is important to understand that such viruses do not target your computer’s vulnerabilities independently. Instead they ask to enter through the front door – that is to be installed by the user. Hardly anyone willingly wants adware, so instead they will pose as other applications, files or hide into other installers.
- Freeware is often a synonymous with adware – actually the programs themselves are not adware, but their installers will often come packed with extra free things you can optionally install and this often IS adware. When you are installing any program (even more important with free ones) it is recommended to go to the advanced installation option – usually you can do that right after you start the installer. There is nothing complicated with that – but you DO get the option to turn off all those extra installations you will get if you go with the default option.
- Torrent/download sites that only distribute viruses – you can meet these often enough. What they do is they copy your search query and generate a temporary file with this very same name – hitting a 100% match for search engines and showing on first pages. This file is a virus. One easy way to spot out these is to look for the file extension. Viruses will be an executable file or .exe. The file you are searching for is most always something different. Only install executable files you download from the official site for whatever you are looking.
How to Remove MediaUpdate99.com
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
MediaUpdate99.com has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find MediaUpdate99.com . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
MediaUpdate99.com should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for MediaUpdate99.com and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing MediaUpdate99.com. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.