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Prizemediayou.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Prizemediayou.com — an ad-supported site that diminishes your time online

Prizemediayou.com virus
Prizemediayou.com is causing redirects to commercial sites.
 

Prizemediayou.com is an advertising network which can initiate serious havoc on Google Chrome, IE, Mozilla Firefox or another web browser. Being categorized as an adware or a potentially unwanted program,[1] this virus starts displaying misleading ads, in-text links, banners and similar advertising content on each of your favorite websites. While it might seem that your favorite websites were changed by their developers, it is not true. The adware which is hiding behind the Prize Media You is the one to blame in this case. Beware that Prizemediayou.com ads can easily redirect you to malicious websites that are filled with serious malware or interrupt you with survey ads used to swindle personal information. 

Name Prizemediayou.com
Type Adware
Symptoms Displays pop-up ads, in-text ads, banner ads and similar content on favorite websites
Main dangers Can infect system with malware, swindle personal information
Distribution Software bundles
Elimination Use Reimage to get rid of Prize Media You virus from the system

The most common features of these potentially unwanted programs are the ones that frustrate people while surfing online. This program has no official site that could work as a fake search engine or software provider/scammer. That's because Prizemediayou.com is an advertising network which has been misused by adware developers while trying to create revenue[2]. It is generated once the ad redirects the user to the affiliated site or receives a click from the victim.

In the meanwhile, users who are dealing with such activity are suffering from serious issues while trying to surf the web. Redirects to unknown websites can not only stop you from finding what you need. Constant pop-up ads can also affect the general performance of your device. To prevent such issues, you should remove Prizemediayou.com virus from your computer. In this case, you should find all adware-type viruses hiding on the system. To detect these potentially unwanted programs, you should run a full system scan with Reimage or other anti-malware programs.

Unfortunately, there are more features making a good reason why you should proceed with Prizemediayou.com removal. The second thing researchers[3] are warning PC users worldwide is data collection. Keep in mind that these programs are focused on creating revenue for their developers, so they need to know users' preferences and likes. As a result, once the related adware is installed, it collects the following data:

  • IP addresses;
  • PC's location;
  • search queries;
  • mostly clicked ads;
  • mostly clicked links;
  • etc.

Unwanted programs come from insecure downloads

If you tend to rush installation process of the freeware, be aware that this can cause some unwanted activity on your device. During the installation process of the freeware, people tend to select Quick or Default options. However, by choosing these options, you cannot see what software bundles are hiding inside your software and what processes are initiated behind your back.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you opt for Advanced or Custom settings to see what additional programs are hiding inside. Additionally, you will have to de-select additional programs from the list and finish the installation process. If not, you might get some programs you don't need.

Use professional tools for Prize Media You removal on your computer

To remove Prizemediayou.com virus, you should use anti-malware tools to perform a full system scan on your device. Since this is a program that comes silently, it may have additional pieces that can be hidden deep inside the system. If you try to find and uninstall them manually, you might be involved into a time-consuming task. 

However, if you are not willing to use anti-malware tools for Prizemediayou.com removal, you can try to find all these programs that are can be related to this virus yourself. In this case, follow a detailed guide given below. However, don't forget that adding reliable anti-spyware to your system could be a good addition to your computer's security level. Occasional system scans can help you avoid infections in the future.

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 Prizemediayou.com, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Prizemediayou.com from Windows systems

Remove Prize media you from your Windows OS by following this detailed 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 Prizemediayou.com and related programs
    Here, look for Prizemediayou.com 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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Erase Prizemediayou.com 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 Prizemediayou.com 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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Delete Prizemediayou.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Clean your browser by following these steps:

  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 Prizemediayou.com 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 Prizemediayou.com 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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Uninstall Prizemediayou.com 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, Prizemediayou.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Prizemediayou.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow the guide to remove adware from your Firefox browser:

  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 Prizemediayou.com 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 Prizemediayou.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Prizemediayou.com 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 Prizemediayou.com 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 Prizemediayou.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Prizemediayou.com 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 Prizemediayou.com 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 Prizemediayou.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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