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Remove Message-alert.center Virus (Chrome/FF/IE)


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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?

Message-alert.center virus

The Message-alert.center Virus will display pop up messages.

If your computer is showering you with hundreds of pop-up windows, banners and other forms of online advertising, this is probably because you have Message-alert.center installed on your system. What you are experiencing is recognized as a Browser Hijacker program which has been messing with people’s browsers for quite some time now. The program may spam your screen with different sponsored ads, banners, pop-ups, redirect links and colorful click-prompts and install some changes inside your browser, which may affect the way your search engine or the homepage operate. Some of the web users may learn to ignore the adverts and the changes and may not really be annoyed by them. However, the readers of this article are probably trying to find a method to uninstall Message-alert.center without having a second thought and we will try to assist them. A quick removal of this nagging software is surely the most effective way to get rid of all the sponsored ads and redirects, and in the Removal Guide below you will find out exactly how to do that.

A very common reaction to the ads streaming problem that Browser Hijackers like Message-alert.center cause is for people to believe their computer has been targeted by a computer virus. We can easily understand the confusion – after all, the word “virus” is the first thing that comes to the mind when there is some unusual activity that is happening inside the computer. Moreover, nobody wants an ad-generating program like Message-alert.center, “Pornographic Virus Alert from Microsoft” or The Goodcaster on their computer, which constantly spams their screen with sponsored messages. Yet this type of software is more of an annoyance than a real danger. A malicious virus, such as a Trojan or a Ransomware can cause real problems and should be regarded as truly dangerous. This type of malware is capable of corrupting the entire OS or stealing huge amounts of money from its users by keeping their digital documents as hostages until a ransom has been paid. All that said, you should cool down and take a breath – with Message-alert.center you aren’t fighting some sort of malicious software and your PC is not at risk. Once you remove the ad-generating software, your computer should be like new. Until the Hijacker is effectively uninstalled, however, don’t be surprised that the adverts you see on your computer screen may be overly-intrusive and aggressive – this is to be expected for the majority of these programs. At times, those apps may literally fill the computer’s screen with unwelcome pop-ups, banners, and boxes that appear in dozens and are extremely hard to get rid of. This behavior is fairly often mistakenly referred to as a computer virus attack. In spite of their invasive nature, however, pieces of software of the Browser Hijacker category are far from being dangerous viruses. They are simply referred to as potentially unwanted. Nevertheless, even though apps like Message-alert.center are normally not a security hazard, you should still be careful with them and especially with the ads and the sponsored links they display. Sometimes, even though this happens rarely, fake ads and misleading messages may sneak inside the regular ads stream and may redirect you to unsafe web locations if you happen to click on them. That’s why, to eliminate the risk of accidentally landing on something hazardous, it is best to uninstall the software that is generating potentially unwanted commercials.

SUMMARY:

Name Message-alert.center
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Aggressive third-party ads, pop-ups and banners may constantly spam your screen during your web browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Spam messages, free downloads, torrents, ads, software bundles, automatic installers, shareware platforms.
Detection Tool

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


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 Message-alert.center 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 Message-alert.center from Firefox:

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

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