MediaGet Toolbar

September 11, 2018

What is MediaGet

MediaGet is a potentially unwanted program that users install unintentionally

MediaGet is a potentially unwanted application that changes the settings of all installed browsers, including the addition of the MediaGet toolbar and the alternative search engine Mediaget Customized Web Search. The browser hijacker usually enters machines via software bundling when users install shareware or freeware carelessly. As soon as MediaGet toolbar settles, users start experiencing unpleasant effects of the hijacker – their web browsing sessions are interrupted continuously by intrusive ads and frequent redirects to questionable sites. While this activity can be noticed straight away, some features of the PUP are not that apparent (for example, information gathering).

MediaGet Toolbar

Potentially unwanted programs like MediaGet are a big problem for the users, as many are not aware of how they enter computers, neither how to get rid of them altogether. It is not surprising, as many adware and browser hijacking tools often lack the uninstallation executable. Even if it present, the altered search engine and homepage do not return to the previous stage. Thus, the only way to recover a normal operation of the machine is to remove MediaGet virus and reset each of the browsers individually.

Download Removal Toolto remove MediaGet

PUPs can often inject additional apps that that are not needed by the user. The problem is that some of these applications are hard to detect. For that reason, security experts recommend using security software to perform MediaGet removal automatically. We recommend using for the purpose, although other security software can be used as well.

Most users who are affected by MediaGet will be concerned that their browsing sessions are being ruined by constant redirects, fake search results, and pop-up ads. However, the main danger in such behavior is the malware infection. Unfortunately, MediaGet authors do not check the domains their application can redirect users to, and refrain from any responsibility for it. Thus, legally, the victim cannot demand any compensation for lost data or similar issues.

Additionally, MediaGet toolbar may gather the following information about its users:

IP address; Geolocation; Technical data; Sites visited; Search data; Links clicked, etc.

This data is harvested using tracking technologies like cookies and used in marketing campaigns, for example, targeted advertisement. Unfortunately, these personalized ads might bring users to phishing sites where they can easily lose money or insert personal information that can be used by cybercriminals.

How does MediaGet works

As we already mentioned, potentially unwanted applications usually are included within installers of freeware and shareware. While security experts argue whether or not the bundling technique is acceptable, it is widely used among many software developers. Why? Because it is effective and benefits both parties – freeware authors and the PUP creators. Unfortunately, no benefits are left for the end user, as he or she is being used in the big scheme just to gain more revenue.

Thus, we suggest you being wise and carefully check the installation of the new software. First of all, make sure you pick a legitimate source. Third-party websites often use modified installers which include additional components. Secondly, do not rush the installation, and read through ToS and Privacy policy – a lot can be learned there. Finally, opt for Advanced or Custom installation mode and eliminate all the marks from the pre-ticked boxes.

Download Removal Toolto remove MediaGet

How to delete MediaGet

If you want to remove MediaGet virus from your computer and fix each of hijacked web browsers, you should use our manual instructions below this article. However, make sure that you proceed with caution, as incorrect elimination might damage your system instead of fixing it. Additionally, this method will not protect your the future infections.

We highly recommend you to scan your machine using reputable repair software after MediaGet removal is performed. There are several traces that the PUP might have left, like corrupt Registry entries, altered browser settings or even DNS configuration. Security software can take care of everything automatically, so it is much more safe that the manual elimination.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to MediaGet. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove MediaGet Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for MediaGet or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall MediaGet Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for MediaGet or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete MediaGet Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for MediaGet or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If MediaGet.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove MediaGet Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for MediaGet or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that MediaGet is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the MediaGet program.
  7. Select MediaGet or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from MediaGet

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete MediaGet

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect MediaGet, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find MediaGet in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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