How To Remove Milehighads

How Milehighads Works

The Milehighads virus is a pop-up extension that nukes your PC to hell through hyperlink advertisements. It should be removed ASAP from your system, despite its claims of helping you find better deals. Unfortunately, as a matter of practical fact, Milehighads harms your computer a lot more than it helps with the other things. To top it off, the ads can not be turned off. Of course this is a “feature” of every malware unit out there.

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Generally the first and foremost issue with this program is that it illegally gets its buddy viruses to infect your PC. And those CAN be dangerous.

How Milehighads Entered My Computer

Milehighads plays you by tricking you to install other programs. It usually presents them as a legitimate software that needs updating, and the same goes for how it got on your PC too. It’s entirely possible that some other program added it while you were unsuspecting. Yet there is at least one predominant way that this virus enters your system – bundling.

I’ll elaborate. Say you download some free software. Something that seems useful, a toolbar or an optimization utility. Milehighads was probably installed with it, especially if you selected express install or you didn’t bother to check each step as you went along. The setup may have even entirely “forgot” to mention it.

Here’s why this happened. Freeware distributor websites like Cnet, Softonic and InstallREX are largely believed to have been paid by third parties to include these malwares in the bundles. I’m not accusing anyone, I’m just passing the word, so to speak. So, these third parties make money from programs like Milehighads is because they hold the sites for the ads. They are effectively pushing their affiliates by making YOU do it for them.

How Harmful Is Milehighads

The longer it continues to be active on your computer, the more harmful it becomes. As I already mentioned, it gets its malware friends aboard, so unless you’re prepared to withstand future headaches, remove it now.

The other viruses Milehighads may invite are known to track your browsing habits and history. Not only that, but some rare cases report that even passwords are taken. I’m sure you understand the gravity of this. If passwords are collected, then what is to say your bank account is safe? Your personal information?

I will say this for the third and final time: do yourself a big favor and remove Milehighads.

How To Remove Milehighads

What follows is a  several step guide on how to easily remove Milehighads first from your PC, then from your browsers.

STEP 1: Removing Milehighads From Windows

Substep 1. 

 For Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Users:

First, click the Start button (the windows key) —–>Control Panel —–Programs and Features or (for Windows XP) Add/Remove Programs.pic 1

Proceed to Substep 2.

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 For Windows 8 users:First, right click down on the left side of your screen. The Quick Access Menu should appear —–> Control Panel —–Uninstall a Program. Proceed to Substep 2.

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For Mac (OS X) Users:

Click Go at the top left —–> Applications.

Proceed to Substep 2.

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Substep 2.

For all Windows Users:

Look for a program called “Milehighads” and click Uninstall.

Sometimes the virus will operate under a different name. If you can not find it as “Milehighads”, click on the column titled Installed On. This will arrange programs by their installation date. Look for all recently added programs that seem suspicious and click Uninstall on them.

You are not done, however. Proceed to STEP 2.

For Mac (OS X) Users:

Find a program called Milehighads, then right click on it and select Move to Trash.

If you can not find such a program, click the Date Modified column, and look for recent additions of programs you don’t know about. Right click on each of them—–Move to Trash.

Proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Removing Milehighads from your browser(s)

For Internet Explorer Users:

Open the browser, then click on the small Gear icon on the top right —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Once there, you should look for Milehighads or any other extension or plugin you feel may be unsafe. Click Disable on it/them.

If for some reason. you Home Page was changed from the one you prefer (viruses, especially adware, tend to do that) click on the Gear icon —–Internet Options. From there you just edit the URL box, dispose of the unwanted link, and put in what you like, then click Apply.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open the browser, click on the Menu icon on the top right (three lines) —–> Add-ons.

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Then you just click Extensions.

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Here you should find Milehighads or anything you think may be a virus, then click Remove.

Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Google Chrome Users:

 

Enter the browser. At the top right click on the Menu icon —–>Tools —–Extensions.

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Once in Extensions, find ” Milehighads” and anything you believe may be dangerous, and click the little Trash icon on the right.

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You are almost done! Now click on the Menu icon on top for a second time, and go to Settings. In Settings, find the Search section (the fourth one from top),then click Manage Search Engines. In there you should remove any search sites you do not use.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click the Safari button on the top left —–>Preferences —–Extensions

Find “Milehighads” and/or other possible virus extensions, then click Uninstall.

Proceed to STEP 3 .

STEP 3: Checking For Milehighads Leftovers

Right Click on the Time at the bottom right of your screen, then click Start Task Manager. From there click Processes on the band above, and try to find any of the following processes:

  • Milehighads-nova.exe
  • Milehighads-bg.exe
  • Milehighads.exe

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If none of those are present in your task manager, then you are in the clear. If one or all of them are present, you need to go back to STEP 1 and see what you missed there.

“Ads by Milehighads”Warning! There is a step 4, but you should proceed with it ONLY IF your efforts up until now failed to remove Milehighads.

STEP 4: Reset Your Browser (OPTIONAL)

In this step, you will reset your browser to its original state. Home pages, toolbars, history and cookies will all be lost, so you should do this ONLY if everything else failed.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Click on the Gear icon at the top right —–> Internet Options. There you click on Advanced on the right side of the band, then Reset.  On the pop-up that will appear, tick Delete Personal Settings, then Reset and finally hit Close. This should remove Milehighads and all other unwanted extensions from your browser.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Click the Menu button —–> Help. On the right, click Troubleshooting Information, and then Reset Firefox, again on the right. Finalize everything by hitting Reset Firefox in the pop-up that will appear, then Finish.

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For Google Chrome Users:

Click on the Menu button at the top right —–> Settings —–Reset Browser Settings. There click Reset on the pop-up to confirm and that should remove Milehighads.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari —–> Safari —–Reset Safari. A window with several checkboxes should appear. All of them need to be ticked, then click Reset to finalize the removal process of Milehighads.

 

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