The following article is going to show you what the characteristic features of a certain program called Mobilemonetize.me are, and the possible ways to remove the infection it might cause. In short, this software piece is a member of one very well-known software category – the browser hijackers. Their main features are the following actions: getting access to your browsers (like Explorer/Chrome/ Firefox/ Opera), changing their default settings as well as some of the following:
- producing a really big number of irritating ads like boxes, pop-ups and banners;
- setting some unknown homepage and new default search engine instead of the ones you are used to seeing;
- redirecting processes to many websites that you have never wanted to go to while you are browsing the web.
Typically, the so called hijackers represent more or less harmless software. What else you can expect when we talk about a version of them, and the potential ways to successfully deal with such a program is thoroughly discussed in the following passages.
The way Browser Hijackers act and possible ways of distribution:
As we have mentioned in the previous paragraph, hijackers may simply infect and modify the settings of all your browser apps. No matter what browser you use, you should expect some redirecting, some ad generation and homepage/search engine changes. Hijackers represent a kind of entirely promotion-oriented software. The common sources of such hijackers are mainly the ones below:
- Shareware and/or torrents: Browser hijackers might come from torrents and shareware, a fact that means no torrent is safe. Our recommendation for you is to simply avoid them all or only use sources you know to be trustworthy.
- Contaminated web pages: This is another very common source because most of the browser hijackers could infect your PC in the event that you unknowingly click on anything located on a contaminated website.
- The so-called ‘Software bundling’: This technique aims to serve the distribution of plenty of programs/ games/ apps together inside mixtures called bundles. Usually, such mixes of software are available for free and anyone can access and use them. What you have to know about this manner of distributing Mobilemonetize.me is that:
– the mere act of downloading any bundle will NEVER infect your system with a hijacker;
– nonetheless, getting the bundle installed in an easy, fast and most of the time – quite careless way always results in getting infected with such advertising programs like the Adware and hijacker-based ones we are discussing here.
How to avoid the possible browser hijackers from the inside of any given bundle provided that we really want to install and use a particular program from this bundle?
It is not so difficult to form some proper habits when installing different kinds of software is involved. What you have to do is to stay away from the installation options that tend to promise you a fast and automatic installation process. Typically, going with the ‘default’ or similar feature may deprive you of the opportunity to choose which programs from a bundle or which features of a program you really need to get installed on your personal computer. The following installation options are to be avoided as much as possible: the Default; the Recommended; the Typical; the Easy or the Automatic ones.
Apart from them, you had better use the Custom (oftentimes also labeled as Advanced) option, which as you can tell from the name, is going to let you customize the entire installation process as you wish. Therefore, the last word will always be yours in terms of the needed features and programs. Choose smartly and learn to always go with these safe installation wizard features.
Why are hijackers developed?
Maybe you are wondering about the possible reason why such annoying software is developed. The truth is that hijackers can be and are often exploited merely for advertising purposes. Actually, this means all their traits and effects serve the online marketing industry, and the probable redirecting and ad generation are simply the results of the need of manufacturers to get their services and goods promoted; and of the programmers to earn some extra profit easily and quickly.
How to remove Mobilemonetize.me from your PC:
Just follow the instructions in the Removal Guide below. They will be exactly what you need to perform an uninstallation process safely and properly. Most importantly, however, do not panic, you are not dealing with a serious virus such as a Trojan or Ransomware, but with a legal piece and it could be removed if you stick to our advice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/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.