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Mouse Hunt. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Mouse Hunt – an adware application that will not leave your browser without your interference

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Mouse Hunt is a rogue software that displays intrusive advertisements as soon as it gets installed

Mouse Hunt is a potentially unwanted program[1] that usually infiltrates users' computers via software bundling and injects Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or another browser with the intrusive advertisement. As it is common with PUPs, the developer of such software is unknown, although the goal of a rogue application is the revenue which can be generated through affiliate programs. Sadly, sponsors are not always reliable, as the content displayed to users may be offensive or even dangerous to the personal safety and computer security. Thus, users have to face miserable browser sessions while developers of adware make piles of cash off of it.

Summary
Name Mouse Hunt
Type Adware
Symptoms Intrusive advertisements, frequent redirects, fake search results, etc.
Main dangers Malware infection, sensitive data exposure to third-parties
Distribution Software bundling, malicious websites, ads
Elimination Download and install Reimage; otherwise check our manual removal guide below

Mouse.Hunt affects Windows operating systems only, but that does not mean that Mac OS X version will not be developed in the future. Users who are affected by this unwanted program will see a process running in the Task Manager. The first advice would be to terminate it and then proceed with Mouse Hunt removal by either using Reimage or other security software, or by finding all the suspicious components manually.

Potentially unwanted applications are often very sneaky, and users might not always notice their presence after infiltration. Although officially, it cannot be called malware, adware can lead to its infection quite quickly, especially if an infected user is carelessly clicking on sponsored content.

These actions can lead to online scam websites,[2] bogus software installation or even personal (financial) data theft. Therefore, we recommend not to engage with any content that is presented by Mouse Hunt virus and close down the browser immediately (note: make sure that the recently opened tabs would not launch with the next browser startup). 

What is more, Mouse Hunt may track non-personal information for marketing purposes. The data may include, but is not limited to:

  • IP address
  • Geo-location
  • Search queries
  • Sites visited
  • Links clicked
  • Technical information
  • Software information, etc.

If you want to keep this material private, we suggest you remove Mouse Hunt adware immediately. Otherwise, the collected information may be sold to third-parties or even cybercriminals. Instead, choose trusted retailers to purchase software and products and ignore any dubious offers, deals and discount coupons.

Mouse Hunt adware
Mouse Hunt is a potentially unwanted program that may lead to malware infection or result in personal information being stolen by cybercriminals

Potentially unwanted programs may be installed together with free software

The answer to the question “how did this pest get into my computer?” is very simple: it most likely got installed with freeware or shareware that you recently installed on your device. In case your computer is already injected with multiple PUPs (and you might not even know about it), they could have initiated the installation of additional programs without your consent. Additionally, you could have unintentionally installed the unwanted program while visiting questionable websites or clicked on malicious ads.

Nevertheless, the most prevalent adware distribution method is software bundling, simply because it is very effective. Therefore, make sure you don't get tricked by this deceptive marketing technique – pick Advanced or Custom instead of Recommended settings while installing the free software you obtained from the internet and de-select all tick marks next to optional installs. 

Uninstall Mouse Hunt either manually or automatically

Mouse.Hunt removal may be very simple, or very complicated, depending on the state of your system. In case it was already infiltrated with many other PUPs – its elimination may be quite tricky. In this case, we recommend scanning your system with reliable anti-virus software, as this method will allow you to detect all the suspicious applications and get rid of them in just a few clicks.

If you are sure that there are no other infections present on your machine, you can also remove Mouse.Hunt by following our manual instructions below. Security researchers from virusler.info.tr[3] do not recommend this method if you are not that experienced with computers and its functions, as it can lead to failure of Mouse Hunt virus elimination, and, in worst case scenario, can lead to system file damage.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Mouse Hunt, follow these steps:

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Delete Mouse Hunt from Windows systems

To get rid of Mouse Hunt PUP on Windows, follow this guide:

  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 Mouse Hunt and related programs
    Here, look for Mouse Hunt 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 Mouse Hunt 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 Mouse Hunt 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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Get rid of Mouse Hunt 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 Mouse Hunt 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 Mouse Hunt 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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Remove Mouse Hunt 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, Mouse Hunt should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate Mouse Hunt from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset your Firefox browser the following way:

  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 Mouse Hunt 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 Mouse Hunt removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Mouse Hunt 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 Mouse Hunt 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 Mouse Hunt removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Mouse Hunt 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 Mouse Hunt 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 Mouse Hunt removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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