Mio.exe “Virus” Removal from Chrome/Firefox/Edge/IE

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Having your browsing interrupted by dozens of nagging ads, pop-ups, banners and different intrusive messages is probably something you would not enjoy. However, if you landed on this page, you most probably are facing this kind of annoying activity in your Chrome or Firefox browser. This is a common issue for many online users, and it has its origin – an adware program named Mio.exe “Virus”.

In the following article, we will focus our attention on this piece of software precisely and will tell you everything you need to know about it and the adware programs in general. Also, we will show you how to uninstall Mio.exe “Virus” from your system and permanently remove the annoying ads it generates.

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What exactly is Mio.exe “Virus” and what does it do?

We already said that Mio.exe “Virus” belongs to one software category called adware. However, what exactly is adware and what are its specifics? This software category generally unites programs, which have been developed for aggressive online advertising and use quite intrusive methods like unauthorized browser incorporation and modifications in order to display their ads. Mio.exe “Virus” perfectly falls into this category since this is exactly what it does on your computer –  integrates with your default browsing program and starts displaying different aggressive ads, pop-ups, messages, offers and promotions all over your screen. This can be a real pain for a lot of users, whose normal browsing is frequently disturbed, that’s why many of them may prefer to remove the adware from their system.

Marketing purposes stand behind the wall of ads!

The intrusive ad-generating activity of Mio.exe “Virus” is usually done for marketing purposes, but it may also be involved in Pay-Per-Click schemes. The owners of the program usually use it to promote different services, products, and websites. The more ads the adware displays, the greater the chance of you clicking on some of them. Each click automatically brings some income to the owners, thanks to sponsored advertising or eventually turns you into a buyer of the advertised subject. The users, however, are not the ones who benefit from the ads invasion, and they are often forced to endure the unstoppable flow of pop-ups, blinking boxes and notifications throughout their whole browsing session. It is not uncommon that they may even mistake the adware for a virus thanks to its intrusive behavior. But is Mio.exe “Virus” really as dangerous as a virus? Let’s find out.

Can Mio.exe “Virus” pose a risk for your security?

In a way, the adware program is often viewed as a spam tool, which only disturbs the users’ normal browsing. The security experts, actually, refer to this type of software as potentially unwanted. The reason for that is the common browsing annoyance and some questionable data tracking activities, which the adware can often resort to. This, however, doesn’t mean that Mio.exe “Virus” is a malicious program or a computer virus. The real viruses and malware threats like Trojans, Ransomware, and Spyware, for example, have a completely different purpose than the adware. They mostly aim to perform some criminal activity or do major harm to your system. For instance, a Ransomware cryptovirus would encrypt all of your data, render it inaccessible and blackmail you to pay ransom to release it. Mio.exe “Virus” would never do that, moreover, an adware piece of software like this one does not contain malicious scripts capable of causing such damage.

How does Mio.exe “Virus” distribute itself on the web?

Most of the time, the adware applications use a rather confusing installation method, called software bundle, which helps them get installed on the user’s PC along with some other attractive or free program that the person desires. Usually, programs like Mio.exe “Virus” can be found packed inside the setup of some video or audio player, a game, some optimization software, free download package, automatic installation manager, spam offer, an email attachment or a free software installer. Such packs require special attention because if you don’t’ customize them, they will automatically install a bunch of potentially unwanted applications like Mio.exe “Virus” inside your computer. That’s why we strongly advise our readers to always check every bundle that they intend to install on their PC. This can easily be done with the help of options like “Advanced” or “Custom”, which give them the opportunity to see all the bundled software and adjust the setup accordingly. Making use of these options will surely prevent the automatic installation of the full pack and will save them from the need to uninstall any potentially unwanted program later.

Mio.exe “Virus” Removal

Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.

Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.

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Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.

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Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.

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Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.

In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.

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Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.

If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.

Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.

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Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.

For Chrome users

Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.

For Firefox users

Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.

For IE users

When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.

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Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.

If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main

If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.

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