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MediaGet Toolbar. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as MediaGet hijack, MediaGet virus | Type: Browser hijacker

MediaGet – a browser hijacker that affects Google Chrome, IE, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers

MediaGet virus
MediaGet is a potentially unwanted program that users install unintentionally

MediaGet is a potentially unwanted application[1] that changes the settings of all installed browsers, including the addition of the MediaGet toolbar and the alternative search engine Mediaget Customized Web Search. The browser hijacker usually enters machines via software bundling when users install shareware or freeware carelessly. As soon as MediaGet toolbar settles, users start experiencing unpleasant effects of the hijacker – their web browsing sessions are interrupted continuously by intrusive ads and frequent redirects to questionable sites. While this activity can be noticed straight away, some features of the PUP are not that apparent (for example, information gathering).

SUMMARY
Name MediaGet
Type Browser hijacker/Potentially unwanted program
Distribution Software bundling, suspicious sites
Symptoms Altered browser settings, intrusive ads and redirects, etc.
Main dangers Malware infiltration, data leek
Elimination For quick solution, use Reimage. Alternatively you can make use of our manual instructions below

Potentially unwanted programs like MediaGet are a big problem for the users, as many are not aware of how they enter computers, neither how to get rid of them altogether. It is not surprising, as many adware and browser hijacking tools often lack the uninstallation executable. Even if it present, the altered search engine and homepage do not return to the previous stage. Thus, the only way to recover a normal operation of the machine is to remove MediaGet virus and reset each of the browsers individually.

PUPs can often inject additional apps that that are not needed by the user. The problem is that some of these applications are hard to detect. For that reason, security experts[2] recommend using security software to perform MediaGet removal automatically. We recommend using Reimage for the purpose, although other security software can be used as well.

Most users who are affected by MediaGet will be concerned that their browsing sessions are being ruined by constant redirects, fake search results, and pop-up ads. However, the main danger in such behavior is the malware infection. Unfortunately, MediaGet authors do not check the domains their application can redirect users to, and refrain from any responsibility for it. Thus, legally, the victim cannot demand any compensation for lost data or similar issues.

Additionally, MediaGet toolbar may gather the following information about its users:

  • IP address;
  • Geolocation;
  • Technical data;
  • Sites visited;
  • Search data;
  • Links clicked, etc.

This data is harvested using tracking technologies like cookies[3] and used in marketing campaigns, for example, targeted advertisement. Unfortunately, these personalized ads might bring users to phishing sites where they can easily lose money or insert personal information that can be used by cybercriminals.

Avoid PUPs by carefully installing new software

As we already mentioned, potentially unwanted applications usually are included within installers of freeware and shareware. While security experts argue whether or not the bundling technique is acceptable, it is widely used among many software developers. Why? Because it is effective and benefits both parties – freeware authors and the PUP creators. Unfortunately, no benefits are left for the end user, as he or she is being used in the big scheme just to gain more revenue.

Thus, we suggest you being wise and carefully check the installation of the new software. First of all, make sure you pick a legitimate source. Third-party websites often use modified installers which include additional components. Secondly, do not rush the installation, and read through ToS and Privacy policy – a lot can be learned there. Finally, opt for Advanced or Custom installation mode and eliminate all the marks from the pre-ticked boxes.

Eliminate MediaGet from your computer

If you want to remove MediaGet virus from your computer and fix each of hijacked web browsers, you should use our manual instructions below this article. However, make sure that you proceed with caution, as incorrect elimination might damage your system instead of fixing it. Additionally, this method will not protect your the future infections.

We highly recommend you to scan your machine using reputable repair software after MediaGet removal is performed. There are several traces that the PUP might have left, like corrupt Registry entries, altered browser settings or even DNS configuration. Security software can take care of everything automatically, so it is much more safe that the manual elimination.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove MediaGet Toolbar, follow these steps:

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Erase MediaGet Toolbar from Windows systems

To remove MediaGet virus from Windows, follow these steps:

  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 MediaGet Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for MediaGet Toolbar 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'
  5. Remove MediaGet Toolbar from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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Remove MediaGet Toolbar 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 MediaGet Toolbar 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'
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Uninstall MediaGet Toolbar 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 MediaGet Toolbar 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 MediaGet Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate MediaGet Toolbar 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, MediaGet Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of MediaGet Toolbar 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 MediaGet Toolbar 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete MediaGet Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete MediaGet Toolbar from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome to make sure all the traces of the infection are eliminated:

  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 MediaGet Toolbar 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete MediaGet Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase MediaGet Toolbar 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 MediaGet Toolbar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by MediaGet Toolbar, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 MediaGet Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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