This page aims to help you remove the Message Alert Center Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
What is the Message Alert Center Virus?
If there’s a software piece in your browser that constantly forces the it to show page-redirect banners, pop-ups and ads on your screen and which has introduced a new search engine tool in the place of the previous one, then you probably want to have this app removed for good. The name that is typically given to apps that can do such things is browser hijackers. Another typical symptoms you may expect from a piece software like this is the replacement of the addresses of your browser’s starting page and new-tab page. Here, our main goal is to inform our readers about a hijacker app called Message Alert Center – it is a pesky software piece and though it may not actually harm the system of your PC, you would certainly prefer to have it eliminated from your Chrome, Safari, Firefox or another browsing program to which it may have been added.
A key thing to remember about most representatives of the hijacker category, like Message Alert Center, “Pornographic Virus Alert from Microsoft”, Total Recipe Search Toolbar is that they will probably not allow you to simply restore the previous settings of your browser. Any changes made to your browsing software by a hijacker are there to stay – unless the invasive app gets removed, your browser would most certainly keep on spamming your screen with various types of ads and would retain its new search engine, toolbar buttons and new-tab and homepage addresses.
And to make the matters even worse, there would usually be no way of simply uninstalling an app like Message Alert Center through any regular means. Most normal programs tend to have an uninstallation manager that allows the users to quickly and easily uninstall them, should they decide that this is what they want. However, a hijacker would stick to your browser for as long as possible, not letting you remove it the easy way. That being said, here we aren’t talking about an insidious Ransomware encryption-virus or some harmful and malicious Trojan, so even if it may be a bit tricky to eliminate Message Alert Center, you should still be able to manage to remove it without any major negative consequences for the safety of your machine and files.
The purpose and distribution methods of hijacker apps
Obviously, these are tools that are used for some form of online marketing – they spam you with ads and thus increase the popularity of certain sites and improve the chances that the advertised products get purchased by more people. Of course, you don’t really gain much benefit from this. Instead, you are left to put up with the newly imposed (and rather unpleasant) changes in your browser as well as with the constant spam with nagging ads.
To ensure you don’t encounter such software in the future, be careful with the programs you install and always look at their custom setup settings before actually installing them. Most hijacker get added in the setup files of other programs and apps and this is their typical distribution method. It is important that you get rid of Message Alert Center and that you don’t let any more hijackers enter your system or else, you may risk getting your computer compromised by virus infections and malware programs of the Ransomware, Trojan Horse and of the Spyware category since some of the hijacker-generated adverts may not be safe and expose you to danger.
|Name||Message Alert Center|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Pesky ads and banners covering your screen and random page-redirects landing you on unknown sites are commonly-encountered symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||The ways these apps get distributed normally include the use of some sort of installation bundle or package as some other program as the main one in the setup.|
Remove Message Alert Center 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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Message Alert Center from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Message Alert Center from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Message Alert Center from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!