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Mega Media Start. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

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 a browser-hijacking program that installs as a suspicious extension on the targeted web browser app

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 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 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.

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:

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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.

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Remove Mega Media Start 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 Mega Media Start 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 Mega Media Start 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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Uninstall Mega Media Start 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, Mega Media Start should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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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
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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
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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

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