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Remove MusiCalm (Removal Instructions) - Virus Removal Guide

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

MusiCalm – a music player that will flood your browsers with ads

MusiCalmMusiCalm is a potentially unwanted application that is typically downloaded along with freeware or software cracks

MusiCalm is a potentially unwanted program that users typically download in a bundle from third-party sites. As a result, they do not notice the entry point, so many even aren't aware that they have the program installed in the first place. What is depicted as a useful media player is actually an intrusive adware application that will display pop-ups, deals, offers, coupons, and another type of advertisement on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Safari, or another web browser.

Additionally, users might hind that their web browser settings, such as the new tab URL, homepage, and the search engine, were altered by the MusiCalm virus. Besides the intrusive commercial content, adware is also often used to track users' web browsing activities and, in some cases, even record personal information like email for marketing purposes. If you want to get rid of MusiCalm ads, you have to uninstall the app from your system.

Name MusiCalm
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program
Alleged functionality Music player
Infiltration  Pirated software installers, software cracks, freeware bundles, fake updates, and other shady methods 
Symptoms  Intrusive advertisements show up on all websites that you visit, web browser settings altered, unknown browser extensions or apps installed without permissions, redirects bring to insecure sites, etc.
Risks  Installation of other potentially unwanted programs or malware, loss of personal information, financial losses, identity theft
Executable names SmoothVideo Project (SVP) Pro 4.3.0.182 Crack Registration Key [Latest].exe, MusiCalm.exe, Setup_Video_Codecs.exe
Removal If you found the app on your system unexpectedly or you downloaded a software crack, you should immediately scan the machine with anti-malware software. Nonetheless, you can also eliminate the PUP manually in most cases – we provide full instructions below
 System fix Malware can sometimes damage system files, making the computer crash, lag, or suffer from other stability issues 

While most users download MusiCalm adware from legitimate third-party software distribution sites, some versions of the virus were also observed being spread via illegal cracking tool installers, such as SmoothVideo Project (SVP) Pro 4.3.0.182 Crack Registration Key [Latest].exe. Downloading software cracks is a huge security risk, and you should not engage in such activities in order to avoid the MusiCalm virus, as well as much more devastating computer infections such as ransomware or remote access trojan (RAT).[1]

Also, there are several reputable anti-malware programs that could prevent the infiltration of MusiCalm and other infections. One of the application samples is recognized as follows on Virus Total:[2]

  • Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]
  • Gen:Variant.MSILPerseus.213713
  • Generic PUA NO (PUA)
  • Trojan:MSIL/Skeeyah!MTB
  • Trojan.Gen.MBT
  • Artemis!PUP
  • Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra

Judging by the definitions of anti-malware detection, some versions of the MusiCalm virus can be classified as Trojans. Such infections are particularly dangerous, as they operate silently in the background, and are typically performing data-harvesting operations. As a result, users might get their sensitive information compromised, such as credit card details or social security numbers.

If you have been infected with a similar malware, you should hurry MusiCalm removal, as otherwise, you might suffer from financial losses or even identity theft. For that, you should use reputable anti-malware software such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes – download the latest version and initiate a full system scan. This will remove MusiCalm and all its components from your machine in just a few minutes.

Unfortunately, those who download MusiCalm and are unaware of its presence might only notice the symptoms of infection when bowing the web. As previously mentioned, several browser settings might be altered without permission, and users might see changes within search results already – they might be littered with ads and sponsored links.

While most of these links are relatively safe, some MusiCalm ads and redirects can bring users to far more nefarious places on the internet. Those infected with adware are prone to be redirected to tech support scams, spoofing, fake update, or similar malicious websites. It is important not to download and install anything at this point, as the computer might suffer from further infections. Additionally, the infected users might also notice ads marked as “Ads by MusiCalm,” “Powered by MusiCalm,” or similar.

MusiCalm adsMusiCalm is a deceptive application that spams all the installed browsers with intrusive ads

Thus, MusiCalm virus infection will not only serve intrusive ads during your web browsing sessions, alter search results, and otherwise disturb online activities, but might also compromise your security. Get rid of the threat, reset all the web browsers, and then scan the machine with anti-malware and computer repair software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for best results.

Note: there is another application for iOS devices that is also called MusiCalm. However, please take note that it is not the same as MusiCalm adware, and the former is legitimate and safe, developed by Improve Yazılım Hizmetleri Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi (can be downloaded from the official Apple's App Store).

Be careful when you download and install new apps to avoid unwanted software

While adware is generally considered more of a nuisance than a security threat, some potentially unwanted programs are borderline malware and should be looked at seriously. Since most of the PUPs are delivered via deceptive methods, users might not even be aware that their computers and personal safety are exposed to risks. On the other hand, many adware apps that require installation can be eliminated easily manually; in other cases, browser extensions can also make browsers show ads and expose them to unneeded risks, although they can be eliminated very easily.

Since there are thousands of apps created regularly, it is difficult to track which ones are secure and which are not – especially from regular users. The best way to get around this is to ensure that PUPs are not installed on the computer in the first place – and it is relatively easy to do. Here's what experts from lesvirus.fr[3] advise:

  • If possible, always download applications from official sources, such as Google Web Store, Microsoft Store, etc.;
  • If you choose to download programs from third-parties, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings when prompted;
  • Read the fine print, as it can provide important information about the installation;
  • Watch out for misleading deals/offers and misplaced buttons during the installation process;
  • Remove all ticks next to add-ons, media players, PDF converters, system optimizers, and other offered software;
  • Employ anti-malware software that can detect PUPs.

Eliminate MusiCalm from your system

MusiCalm removal highly depends on your system configuration, installed apps, and many other features. Since rogue apps are often delivered in bundles, it is highly likely that, in case your device was infected with one of such unwanted programs, there are more. If you simply notice an increased amount of advertisements and web browser changes, you can try to remove MusiCalm manually by following the detailed guide below and resetting all the installed browsers.

MusiCalm redirectMusiCalm redirects might bring users to scam or phishing websites, increasing the chance of suffering from financial losses or downloading malware

Nonetheless, the MusiCalm virus might not be the only infection on your system, so the best way to handle this is to perform a full system scan with reputable anti-malware software that can recognize potentially unwanted programs. Besides, if you downloaded software cracks or similar illegal tools, your system might be infected with trojans, data-stealers, crypto-miners, and other malicious software. Security programs can check your system thoroughly and eliminate all the found malicious components. Besides, anti-malware can also keep you safe from future adware/malware infections as long as you keep it up to date.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 MusiCalm, follow these steps:

Uninstall MusiCalm from Windows systems

Top get rid of MusiCalm via Control Panel, follow these steps:

  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 MusiCalm and related programs
    Here, look for MusiCalm 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'

Remove MusiCalm 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 MusiCalm 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'

Get rid of MusiCalm 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 MusiCalm 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 MusiCalm removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase MusiCalm 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, MusiCalm should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate MusiCalm 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 MusiCalm 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 MusiCalm removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete MusiCalm from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome to eliminate settings that were set by the PUP:

  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 MusiCalm 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 MusiCalm removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall MusiCalm 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 MusiCalm 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 MusiCalm removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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