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Monarimo. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Description of Monarimo virus

Although the developers of Monarimo virus claim that they’re passionate about improving user’s web browsing experience, it seems that they’re more passionate about making user’s browsing experience unbearable. Monarimo is an ad-supported program, which computer security experts classify as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This program is meant to deliver uncountable amount of intrusive ads whenever the user browses the Internet. It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 OS. Unfortunately, the developers are working on a version for Mac users, too.

Questions about Monarimo

Monarimo adware uses cookies to track victim’s activity on the Internet. It claims that it tracks “features and content you have accessed, advertisements you have seen, search queries […] referral URL information, links you have clicked on, and specific products, services or content you have purchased, used or viewed.” As you can see, this suspicious software gathers quite a lot of information. The worst thing is that it shares this information with third-parties:

This data is used, sold, and shared with other parties for business purposes […] displaying more relevant ads and content […] providing and selling analytics services and research data to third-parties.

If you do not want to share such information with the developers of this suspicious software and allow them to manipulate it however they want, you should remove Monarimo from your computer. For that, you can use Reimage anti-spyware software.

Screenshot of the official website of Monarimo adware

However, data collection is not the only suspicious activity Monarimo adware carries out. It uses the data it gathers to create targeted advertisements. Ads by Monarimo are extremely annoying and they can make your computer run slow. This annoying adware program delivers pop-up ads, banners, and also injects hyperlinks into random text lines on the websites the victim visits. You should be aware of the fact that Monarimo PUP does not seek to deliver you useful ads – it only seeks to catch your eye and tempt you to click on Monarimo ads. You should not do that, because these ads are meant to trigger web rerouting to predetermined web sources, which can be hazardous. We strongly recommend you to stay away from these ads.

How did Monarimo hijack your computer?

Monarimo adware has an official website, but it looks suspicious, and it hardly provides any information on how the program functions or what is it meant for. You can download Monarimo from that website, however, the majority of PC users who have discovered this software on their computers claim that they did not download the program from that website or any other download site. Therefore, it is obvious that this software spreads using another method. It spreads via software bundles, and it is one of the most effective software distribution techniques. That means you can receive an offer to download Monarimo while installing another free program. However, this offer is not going to be revealed in a direct way. To avoid installing Monarimo or another PUP you have to set Advanced or Custom mode while installing any software to your computer. Then, you will be provided with a list of “recommended downloads.” We strongly recommend you to opt out all of them, because such hidden additional downloads almost always appear to be PUPs.

IMPORTANT. Please take note that by choosing Default/Standard installation settings you automatically agree to install additional downloads. Please be aware of that! If you have accidentally installed this adware program alongside other software, navigate to page 2 to see Monarimo removal instructions.

How to remove Monarimo adware?

Monarimo virus is hardly useful software, and it is not recommended to keep it on the computer system since it collects a lot of information about your browsing activities and worsens computer’s performance. Plus, Monarimo ads hardly provide real promotions or any useful content at all, so there are no reasons to keep this adware on your PC. If you want to stop these ads and prevent this software from collecting information about you, delete it from your machine. To uninstall Monarimo PUP, you can use one of the anti-spyware software we recommend. Alternatively, you can uninstall it manually; for that purpose, follow Monarimo removal instructions that are given below.

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To remove Monarimo, follow these steps:

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Remove Monarimo from Windows systems

  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 Monarimo and related programs
    Here, look for Monarimo 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'
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Uninstall Monarimo 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 Monarimo 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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Eliminate Monarimo 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 Monarimo 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 Monarimo 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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Delete Monarimo 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, Monarimo should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Monarimo 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 Monarimo 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Monarimo removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Monarimo from Google Chrome

  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 Monarimo 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Monarimo removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Monarimo 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 Monarimo or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Monarimo removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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