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Remove Mega Media Start (Easy Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Mega Media Start – a questionable browser extension that provides fast access to movie watching and other popular websites

Mega Media Start browser hijacker

Mega Media Start is presented as a rogue browser extension which injects supposedly useful features after stealth installation. The browser hijacker[1] occupies web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer and appears as a suspicious extension. Users who have been infected have a big chance of viewing changes in their browser's homepage, new tab URL, and the search engine sections. Mega Media Start virus modifies these directories to chrome-extension://ipppaabbmnphdfjcnbjjbmimefomegjd/index.html. However, this potentially unwanted program is completely useless as it generates and provides search results from Yahoo.com. Additionally, it might bring other unpleasant activities which are not worth the “useful” features that this application offers.

Name Mega Media Start
Program type Browser hijacker/potentially unwanted program
New search engine chrome-extension://ipppaabbmnphdfjcnbjjbmimefomegjd/index.html
Extension Mega Media Start
Search results Search query results are provided from Yahoo.com
Browsers infected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, Safari
Appearance from Third-party apps, questionable pages, links, and ads
Detection and cleaning Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to scan the entire system and remove all potentially unwanted content
Manual removal Available. Check for instructions below the article

Mega Media Start redirects users to affiliate websites where potentially dangerous content might be distributed. Redirects might be caused throughout suspicious advertising posts or hyperlinks that might be provided by the browser-hijacking application. Be aware of redirecting and advertising activities as they might take you to malware-laden web pages.

Furthermore, Mega Media Start performs changes in various browser directories, including the main search engine. Once the engine is modified, users are forced to receive search results from this new engine and can reverse the changes only by eliminating the browser hijacker and its questionable-looking extension from the infected web browser application.

Nevertheless, having Mega Media Start extension on your web browser might relate to non-personal data tracking. Potentially unwanted programs such as this are capable of gathering browsing-related details for income-bringing purposes. The PUP gathers information such as links clicked, pages visited, IP addresses, saved bookmarks, geolocation,[2] etc.

Removing the suspicious browser extension and cleaning infected web browsers is the best option you can make. Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for some help. This software will allow you to perform a full system scan and detect all potentially dangerous content on the computer. After that, you can effectively and safely proceed with the Mega Media Start removal.

Remove Mega Media Start from your Windows machine and check all web browser applications that you have been using lately as dubious content might be hiding in them also. If you do not remove browser hijacking-related components from all of your computer directories, the potentially unwanted program might renew its activity within the next boot.

If you have been infected with Mega Media Start, you will supposedly receive a big variety of activities and signs infection. The more accurate you are, the sooner you will be able to clean your machine. Browser hijackers often plant these types of changes on infected browsers and machines/devices:

  • Modifying the URL tab, homepage, and search engine.
  • Suspicious extensions might be spotted in the browser's settings.
  • Redirecting activities can start taking the user to odd pages.
  • Advertising posts might be appearing on infected browsers frequently.
  • Browsers might start struggling due to the number of intrusive activities performed.

Mega Media Start potentially unwanted programMega Media Start is a potentially unwanted application that gathers and provides search results from Yahoo.com

Browser hijacker developers use secret techniques for distribution purposes

According to security experts from Virusai.lt website,[3] suspicious applications such as browser hijackers might be promoted on their official web pages or even on some Internet stores but mostly, these types of PUPs are spread by using stealth techniques such as installation through other software, injection into dubious hyperlinks and advertisements.

What you can do to prevent browser hijacker appearance on your machine and web browser applications is staying cautious every time while browsing the Internet sphere and completing computing work. First of all, it is important to properly check all incoming downloads. You can do this by opting for the Custom or Advanced configuration.

Continuously, keep a distance from third-party sources, especially peer-to-peer networks[4] where suspicious content might also be distributed. Since various secondary links or questionable advertising posts might carry unpleasant content, malware developers also misuse such directories to place their malicious software and attract victims.

Removal tips for Mega Media Start browser hijacker

If you have been bothered by Mega Media Start browser hijacker recently, there is no need of continuing such unpleasant activities as there are even two simple ways in which you can achieve the removal of such potentially unwanted program. Note that, it is important not only to clean your computer system but also to check possibly-infected web browsers.

You can remove Mega Media Start virus from the system by using reputable anti-malware software. These tools will carry out the entire process just in a few minutes of time and make sure that you do not deal with any problems after the process is finished. However, there is another way you can terminate the browser hijacker if you are interested.

Mega Media Start removal can be achieved by using the step-by-step guide which is provided a little bit lower, at the end of this article. We have written these instructions for guiding users throughout the entire process and helping them to bring web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and others back to their previous states.

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To remove Mega Media Start, follow these steps:

Get rid of Mega Media Start from Windows systems

If you have spotted any browser hijacking signs on your Windows computer, you can easily and effectively get rid of them by using the below-given guidelines:

  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 Mega Media Start and related programs
    Here, look for Mega Media Start 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 Mega Media Start 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.

Remove Mega Media Start from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Mega Media Start 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 Mega Media Start removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Mega Media Start from Microsoft Edge

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 Mega Media Start-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

Erase Mega Media Start from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

The following guide is here to help you to bring Mozilla Firefox back to its previous state after all of the browser hijacking activity that was performed on this browser:

  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 Mega Media Start 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 Mega Media Start removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Mega Media Start from Google Chrome

Clean your Google Chrome web browser application from all unpleasant browser extensions and reverse all suspicious changes that have been performed by the potentially unwanted program:

  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 Mega Media Start 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 Mega Media Start removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Mega Media Start 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 Mega Media Start 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 Mega Media Start, 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 Mega Media Start removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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Gabriel E. Hall
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