What is Mega Backup “Virus” ? ( How to Delete Mega Backup)

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What is Mega Backup? How to delete Mega Backup “Virus” from your Mac or Win? Find the answers to these questions in the following article.

What is Mega Backup (and how to delete it)

In the following article, we will be focusing on a program known under the name of Mega Backup. There have been quite a few complaints about this particular piece of software and we are here to explain what it actually is, whether it can cause any damage to your PC and how you can remove it (should you decide to do so).

Introduction

Mega Backup is a legal and legit program that enables its users to backup their personal files to a cloud supported by the developers of the application. The program is available for both Windows and Mac. Obviously, nowadays having a backup of your valuable data files is a must. There are a lot of viruses out there such as Trojans and Ransomware that can go directly for your personal files and if you do not have a backup of them, you might  lose the data forever or have to pay ransom if you want to get it back. However, not all backup services are the same and in the current case, even though Mega Backup is legit and adequate, it still possesses certain rather unpleasant traits that we will be focusing on in the next few paragraphs. In the current article, we will be referring to the Mac version of the software in question.

The issue

Users, who have directly installed the full (paid) product, probably do not experience any problem with the program in question. However, if you only want the free version, things are going to look differently. This is where Mega Backup starts to nag the user with various adverts, banners and box messages, so as to persuade them to get the paid version of the program. This can obviously be quite frustrating and annoying, which is also the reason why many people regard Mega Backup as unwanted software. Of course, the ones who have had already paid for the full product are not subjected to the intrusive ads and pop-ups, but for everyone else – the ads are going to be there and they are not going to go away unless the program is either uninstalled or upgraded.

How unwanted?

As we mentioned above, many people who have faced the invasive advertising materials of Mega Backup tend to think of the programs as some form of malware. This is obviously a misconception. The application itself is actually adequate in its field and when the paid version is obtained, the user is with several neat options such as having automatic backup updates each day and being able to remotely access your backed-up data from different devices. However, if you are only using the free product, there will be big limitations to the functionality of the program with the added bonus of being constantly annoyed by the somewhat aggressive advertising techniques of Mega Backup. All in all, it is up to the individual user to decide whether it is worth keeping this program on their PC the way it is, upgrading it and getting all the benefits from the full version or uninstalling it and seeking another provider of backup services. For those of you, who have decided to go with the third option, we have prepared a guide that will help you uninstall the software from your Mac and fully remove anything that it might have left out. Do note that even though the program is legit, sometimes the removal process might be a bit more elaborate than it would be with most other programs (hence, the need for a guide).

Preventing the installation of other potentially unwanted programs

Even though many people willingly install Mega Backup, sometimes the program can get installed onto somebody’s PC without the user necessarily knowing about it. This most commonly happens via the so-called file-bundling software distribution method. This is when a piece of software is bundled with another program and when that other program is installed, the bundled software gets installed as well. Oftentimes such bundled applications are programs that the user would not actually want to have. This is why it is important to always pay attention to what you are about to install. You should always carefully look through the setup wizards of new software you’re about to install and if you see there that there are any added programs, look them up and determine whether, you’d be okay with having them on your PC. If you think that you’d be better off without the added applications, uncheck them before installing the main piece of software and that way you will keep your Mac clean and free of any potentially unwanted programs.

SUMMARY:

Name Mega Backup
Type PUP
Danger Level  Low (Not much in the way of a potential threat)
Symptoms  Annoying ads and banners as well as limited functionality when you are using the free version.
Distribution Method  File bundles and free software downloads.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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How to Delete Mega Backup “Virus”

Step1

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The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Mega Backup successfully!

Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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Step3

The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.

Step4

Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
Step5

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Privacy in Safari

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove Mega Backup From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove Mega Backup From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.