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Remove Amigo virus (Removal Guide) - Aug 2017 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Amigo adware might hijack your browser and initiate redirect to suspicious sites

Screenshot of Amigo website

Amigo is developed by Mail.Ru Group and presented as a powerful web browser with built-in social networks. However, it has more negative features than positive, and for this reason, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program.[1]

This ad-supported application mainly targets Russian-speaking users.[2] It is usually distributed using “bundling,” which allows third-party apps to spread bundled with various freeware as “optional components.” Thus, it might enter the system without asking direct permission.

Immediately after successful infiltration, Amigo browser may replace Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or any other web browser that is set by default. In addition to that, it may initiate continuous redirects to go.mail.ru domain, which is an untrustworthy search site. Be careful and avoid making searches with it as it may deliver altered search results filled with sponsored links and advertisements.

However, not only go.mail.ru search can initiate undesired redirects but also predetermined ads that may show up while you are using this browser. The most important thing that you have to keep in mind is related to the reliability of the websites that Amigo ads can try to promote. It has been found that it can try to support both reliable ant untrustworthy sites, which may even be involved in suspicious activities.

If you click on ads or third-party links, Amigo virus might redirect you to websites that were created for spreading malware[3] or various scams.[4] Thus, cyber criminals might have prepared various tricks to get your sensitive information or convince to download bogus software.

Not to mention, this browser is also blamed for spying on its users and collecting personally non-identifiable information related to their browsing habits. Keeping in mind that this program is closely related to third parties and may leak data to them, we highly recommend to remove Amigo and set one of the trusted browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer by default.

At the end of the article, we have provided instructions that will help to get rid of the adware manually. However, we suggest saving your time and scanning computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. This anti-malware[5] will complete automatic Amigo removal for you.

Questions about Amigo virus

The picture of Amigo virusAmigo is a suspicious browser that might infiltrate computers with the help of freeware.

The hijack might occur during incorrect installation of freeware or shareware

The browser is promoted via the official website and can be downloaded right there. However, it is seldom installed manually as the site can hardly be found accidentally, whereas the program does not seem that trustworthy to be used instead of the most reliable browsers.

In most of the cases, it is distributed via other freeware and shareware, such as download managers, PDF creators, media players, games, etc. that are promoted on such popular websites as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, cnet.com and so on.

Such marketing method is known as “bundling” and is deceptive enough to make people install unwanted apps without being noticed. To prevent this from happening, whenever you decide to install a freeware, keep in mind these tips:

  • opt for Advanced/Custom installation (instead of Quick/Basic),
  • read all terms carefully,
  • unmark ticks that are set alongside statements that you agree to install Amigo or another suspicious application.

Uninstall Amigo virus from the computer

To reset a default web browser, first of all, you will have to remove Amigo and other related programs, such as Search ProtectWebSparkleMyAllSearch and so on. In order to do that, you can follow manual removal guidelines below.

If you decide to uninstall the adware manually, you should be careful. Various programs, files, and extensions might have been installed in numerous places on the system. It’s crucial to find and delete all these entries in order to stop redirects, ads and get back control over your browser.

However, we want to remind that automatic Amigo removal can protect you from failure. Install reputable anti-malware, update it and scan the system. Within several minutes this PUP will be terminated from your PC.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Amigo virus, follow these steps:

Remove Amigo from Windows systems

Go to Control Panel and look up for Amigo. Uninstall this program together with other unknown applications.

To remove Amigo from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Amigo (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete Amigo from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Amigo from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Amigo-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Amigo, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Amigo and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Amigo-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Amigo from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the steps below to clean Internet Explorer from virus-related components.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Amigo and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Amigo removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Amigo virus from Microsoft Edge

After adware infiltration, some suspicious components may have been installed to Microsoft Edge. Thus, you need to fix this problem by following these steps:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Amigo-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Amigo from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Make sure that any suspicious extensions or add-ons haven't been installed to Mozilla Firefox. These guidelines will help you to get rid of these entries.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Amigo and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Amigo did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Amigo removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Amigo from Google Chrome

Follow the instructions to delete all components from Google Chrome that might be related to Amigo virus.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Amigo by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Amigo-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Amigo removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Amigo from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Amigo and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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