Very few things can be more annoying than adware like MicTrayDebugger “Malware”. This program is usually related to the intrusive generation of various sponsored messages, ads, banners and pop-ups, which tend to take over the users’ browser and flood their screen. Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer are the most commonly affected browsing apps, and in case that one of them has been invaded by this adware, on this page you are going to learn how to safely bring it back to normal and remove the nagging advertisements.
What kind of a program is MicTrayDebugger “Malware”?
MicTrayDebugger is an Adware-like piece of software, the normal behavior of which is related to the unstoppable generation of different pop-ups, banners, promotional messages, new tabs, and other forms of online ads, which usually get displayed inside your default browsing program. Generally, such ad-generating activity cannot cause serious damage to your computer in any way. However, if you don’t remove it, this software may cause certain disturbance to your normal web browsing by constantly interrupting you with its popping notifications. In most of the cases, the generation of ads may be so intense, that you may notice some changes in the way your browser behaves. For instance, it may perform slower than usual, freeze, crash or become unresponsive to your searches, which may cause you irritation, sudden disturbance and inability to surf the web in peace. An effective solution to these issues is the complete uninstallation of the adware, and in the next lines, we will show you how you can do that, in case that you feel disturbed.
Can MicTrayDebugger be malicious?
Fortunately, adware does not belong to any virus or malware category, therefore it cannot be considered malicious. MicTrayDebugger also has nothing to do with any nasty and harmful threat like a Trojan or Ransomware-based virus, nor can it initiate some sort of destructive or criminal activity on your machine. You can easily figure out when a certain program is harmful because the moment it infects you, it usually causes very serious damage like system corruption, deletion, malfunction, file encryption, etc. In the case of an adware infection, however, none of these forms of harassment can be performed, because the purpose of this software is not to do harm, but simply to advertise.
If it is not malicious then, why is Adware seen as potentially unwanted? The reasons why someone may not want to keep a program like MicTrayDebugger on their system and would rather uninstall it can be different. For some people, the ad-generating activities of the Adware may seem to be way too intrusive than what they can tolerate. For others, the advertising approaches that such a program employs may be considered an invasion of their privacy. An example of such an invasive approach is the collection of “traffic data” from the user’s browser, with the help of which, the advertisers, who are interested in displaying their ads on your screen, may gather some information about your web searches and preferences. Once they get an idea about your interests, they can link them to the stream of popping ads, implement them in various marketing campaigns or simply sell the collected data to other vendors and advertisers as valuable marketing information.
How can an adware get installed on your system?
If you really have no clue about the way that MicTrayDebugger got installed on your PC then you probably would like to know this. Adware cannot silently sneak inside your system like a virus or like a tricky Trojan-Ransomware infection, because it simply lacks the harmful abilities of malware of this type. In fact, this software needs your active permission to get installed, therefore the chance is that you must have somehow allowed its incorporation into your system. The most probable way for this to happen is if you have recently installed some software from an automatic installation pack or a bundle. Programs like this can frequently be found in spam, sketchy ads, free download platforms and torrents, but they usually come in a combo with some other attractive and free application, where they are packed in one setup. The tricky thing is that you may not know about their presence unless you manually check the setup through the “Manual/Advanced/Custom” settings. This should happen during the installation process itself because if you simply complete the installation through the Default/Automatic/Quick” steps, you will automatically give your permission for the whole bundle to be installed.
How to safely remove MicTrayDebugger?
A complete uninstallation of the adware can be easily done without any special computer skills. The only thing we advise you is to strictly repeat the steps, shown in the removal guide below, and make sure you correctly identify the necessary files. This will be enough to eliminate the unwanted software along with all its nagging ads and pop-ups forever from your screen.
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.