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Remove Monarimo (Improved Instructions)

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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 ReimageIntego 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.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Monarimo, follow these steps:

Remove Monarimo from Windows systems

To remove Monarimo 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 Monarimo (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.

Uninstall Monarimo from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Monarimo from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Monarimo 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 Monarimo 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 Monarimo removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Monarimo 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 Monarimo-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

Get rid of Monarimo 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 Monarimo 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 Monarimo 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 Monarimo removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Monarimo 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 Monarimo 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 Monarimo-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 Monarimo removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Monarimo 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 Monarimo 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

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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  1. Leena says:
    April 15th, 2016 at 2:17 am

    So glad these ads are gone! It literally took me about 10 minutes to fix everything. Thanks for the help 🙂

  2. sophie says:
    April 15th, 2016 at 2:19 am

    These ads are WORTHLESS. They are not helpful at all! I am so glad I could remove them manually, I thought Monarimo ads are generated by some serious virus… thanks god its not..Ill be more careful while browsing the web from now on…

  3. Vikktor1989 says:
    April 15th, 2016 at 2:21 am

    These ads redirect you to many suspicious pages and while I was surfing through one of them I accidentally installed another adware. SpyHunter fixed everything, so if you have no idea how to uninstall computer threats, you should definitely try it. thanks!

  4. 6839 says:
    April 15th, 2016 at 2:21 am

    this works 🙂 thanks

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