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Remove Ads by Match Pal

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Match Pal ads, Match Pal virus, Match Pal adware | Type: Adware

What is Match Pal?

Match Pal is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that has attracted attention of security experts due to suspicious infiltration method. It has been found that its developers are using unfair distribution method that is referred to as 'bundling'. To be more precise, people are tricked to install this app alongside other freewares and sharewares without being noticed. Closer investigation of Match Pal virus also revealed that it may start displaying continuous pop-up, pop-under, banner, in-text and other forms of advertisements. Such activity may seriously disrupt your web browsing activities since Match Pal ads tend to appear in a huge amount. This way, third parties seek to make people click on these ads and redirect them to sponsored websites. Unfortunately, keeping in mind that this app is closely related and affected by third parties, it's very likely that some of the 'Ads by Match Pal' are linked to suspicious or even unsafe websites. In addition to that, security experts have found that this browser plug-in may also use cookies to spy on its users. It's set to collect information, such as websites visited, data entered on them, clicks, search terms, PC's IP address and location, email address, and other non-personally identifiable information. However, we highly do not recommend ignoring this since you can never be sure that personally identifiable about you is not collected as well. Even more, it may cause some technical issues, for example, system slowdowns, security vulnerabilities, connections to the Internet, and so on. If you are going thru this experience right now, it's a sign that you have been tricked into install a bundled software. Therefore, we recommend you to employ a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage and remove all potentially unwanted programs that may be hiding on your computer..

How can Match Pal hijack my computer?

Match Pal has already tricked many people into installing it unintentionally. That's because it is actively spreading around via the most popular freewares and sharewares, such as various download managers, PDF creators, media players and so on. Since there are lots of programs that may be involved in the distribution of this PUP, we are not able to find and list them all here. In order to install only the freeware that you selected without its attachments, you have to remember several things. First of all, you should not avoid reading EULA, Privacy Policy, users' reports and other information about your selected program. This way, you may find important information about suspicious operations that your selected program may initiate decide not to install it. However, if you decide that the freeware that you need is safe, you should also check it during installation. Choose Advanced or Custom installation all the time and follow every step carefully. Read every check box and opt out of the ones claiming that you agree with the installation of Match Pal virus or another additional component. Have you already failed to install a freeware and ended up with the whole list of potentially unwanted programs, including Match Pal, on your computer? Then do not wait any longer. Follow the guide that is below and fix your PC right now.

How to remove Match Pal virus?

Delete Match Pal virus easily with the help of manual and automatic removal guidelines that are provided down below:

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To remove Match Pal ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of Match Pal from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Match Pal and related programs
    Here, look for Match Pal or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Erase Match Pal from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Match Pal or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall Match Pal from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Match Pal and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Match Pal removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Match Pal ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Match Pal should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Match Pal from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Match Pal and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Match Pal removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Match Pal from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Match Pal and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Match Pal removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Match Pal from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Match Pal or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Match Pal removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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