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Remove Meteoroids virus (Removal Guide) - updated Jan 2018

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Meteoroids – an adware-type virus causing annoying ads instead of funny games

Meteoroids virus on its official website

Meteoroids virus is yet another application which is considered to be potentially unwanted. It has also been categorized as “adware”[1] because the main activity initiated by this add-on is “Ads by Meteoroids” and similar notifications which are displayed on every website you decide to visit.

From the first sight, it might seem that Meteoroids is a useful add-on giving you a possibility to “destroy” any website with the help of Asteroids game. However, right after you download it to your computer, you see that the main aim of this app is to earn money by promoting third parties and their websites. Be careful with that as you can be redirected to a malicious website![2]

To begin with, Meteoroids works the same as Websteroids, Blasteroids, Distasteroids, and many other cosmos-themed add-ons. Right after being let into the system, the virus initiates various changes in its settings, helping it to start its work as soon as the system is rebooted. Right after that, the program starts generating intrusive pop-up ads which are filled with links to third party websites. Typically, they aim to redirect users to these sponsored sites to increase their visitors' number or sales.

Also, right after dropping Meteoroids.exe, Meteoroids-bg.exe, Meteoroids-bho64.dll, Meteoroids-nova.exe, and similar files onto the system, the virus starts tracking your online activities. Meteoroids adware is typically interested in users' search terms, mostly visited websites, computer's location, its IP address and similar data which is additionally used to select eye-catching ads.

If you have been bothered by various banner ads, in-text links, sponsored ads, and similar content, you should check your computer with reputable security software because it seems that your system is hijacked. To eliminate ads on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other web browsers, remove Meteoroids with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. This program will help you fix your computer with only one click.

Meteoroids virusMeteoroids virus can easily take over your web browser and start showing you annoying ads

Adware uses traditional techniques to hijack the system

Just like any other legitimate program, this application has a direct download page, so you can download it from it. However, as we have mentioned before, this program is supported by suspicious third parties, so you should beware that it will start showing you annoying pop-up ads as soon as it gets inside the system. So, you should think twice before downloading it.

What is more, Meteoroids virus can rely on various free software which helps it to infiltrate the system as an optional component. Unfortunately, this method is still considered legitimate, so it has been exploited by various adware, browser hijackers, and similar applications.

To protect yourself and your computer from such programs, you have to take some extra measures while installing freeware on your computer. You need to check every single program before installing by opting for Custom or Advanced installation mode.

After doing so, follow the entire installation process and prevent infiltration of various “optional” components. Of course, you should also opt out of such offers as prepositions to change your start page or default search engine, add additional applications to your browser, modify your browser, etc.

A full Meteoroids virus removal guide

Meteoroids is a typical adware-type program that may apply various tactics while trying to infiltrate the target computer. After doing so, it starts causing various ads that redirect people to its affiliate websites. The main issue is that some of these websites can be fake or dangerous, so it would be better if you remove Meteoroids virus from your computer. 

If you need a step by step guide that could explain you more about the whole removal procedure, check steps given below. However, they require having a decent knowledge of computer's structure and performance. If you can hardly tell how to launch Control Panel or reset your web browser, you should opt for automatic Meteoroids removal.

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To remove Meteoroids virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Meteoroids from Windows systems

To remove Meteoroids 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 Meteoroids (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.

Eliminate Meteoroids from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Meteoroids from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Meteoroids-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 Meteoroids, 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 Meteoroids and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Meteoroids-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Meteoroids 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 Meteoroids 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 Meteoroids removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Meteoroids virus 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 Meteoroids-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

Remove Meteoroids from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 Meteoroids 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 Meteoroids 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 Meteoroids removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Meteoroids from Google Chrome

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 Meteoroids 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 Meteoroids-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 Meteoroids removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of Meteoroids 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 Meteoroids 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

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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