How to remove Mail.ru and Amigo browser

How to delete Mail.ru agent, search, toolbar, Internet browser? On our site, as well as on many other sites dedicated to Internet security and fighting viruses, these questions are asked much more often than questions about any virus. The matter in the advertising policy of Mail.ru company. In fact, any peace of Mail.ru software behaves like viruses, being installed stealthy, without asking permission of the user. How it actually works? If you want to download a useful program, for example, ICQ, in few days your browser will become clogged with tons of spam, a new search will appear, the homepage will be changed, and advertising will be everywhere. In addition to the inconvenience of using the Internet, these programs significantly slow down your computer. This is because all programs are installed by default into “autorun” folder, which means, they are turned on before you can do anything, and work constantly until you turn them off. In addition to all these inconveniences, due to the peculiarities of the programs connected with Mail.ru, they greatly reduce the security of your browser and the whole system. Within a few days or even a week after installing any Mail.ru product, your computer will suddenly become clogged by dozens of unnecessary programs, will work slowly, and will show ads even on the desktop, not to mention the browser. In this article we will tell you how to deal with such infections, where they come from, and what to do in order to prevent infection in the future.

 

Mail.ru adware

 

What is Mail.ru. Removal reasons and methods

Let’s start with the distribution manner. Mail.ru has not yet reached the viral distribution methods, for example through infected attachments in e-mail. However, the installation in the package with other programs is fully developed. The essence of this method is based on the inattention of the average user and the habit of not reading user agreements. In the process of installing any program somehow related to Mail.ru, you will see a proposal to install additional software, or rather not a proposal, but a notification of installation. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to avoid installation. However, if the user does not pay attention to the pop-up windows, he personally agrees with the installation of the entire suite of programs from Mail.ru, which are much worse than their counterparts, clog the browser with advertising and slow down the computer. Mail.ru is a very large company, and has many opportunities for partnership. Additions in the form of garbage programs from Mail.ru can be seen in many places. We will provide you with a short list of programs, which will necessarily include the entire "bouquet" of bonuses. This is Mail.ru agent, Amigo browser, Sputnik, Internet browser (this is its name), ICQ, QIP. If for some reason you need one of these programs, then when you install it, carefully monitor each window that appears during the installation. In one of them, there will definitely be such a list of additional programs and actions:

 

 

These windows are specially made washy, small and inconspicuous, so that the user quickly clicks "OK" and installs the whole pile of trash. Sometimes the user does not even have a choice, that means, the installation of a package of additional programs has already been confirmed, and it cannot be canceled manually. As a result, these programs are not useful, but are installed on most computers in all countries of the former USSR. To prevent infection of your PC with garbage programs from Mail.ru, you can use a useful utility called Unchecky (this is a program that automatically removes checkmarks in all windows when installing or updating software), or very carefully monitor the installed programs and remove all unnecessary ticks. If Mail.ru has already penetrated your PC - below you will see simple and effective ways to remove all typical Mail.ru programs from your computer and from your browsers.

 

 

Step 1. Uninstall Mail.ru from the system

It is an optional step, if you have no installed software with the same name, go to the next step.

Instruction for Windows XP and Windows 7

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.

2. In the Currently installed programs box, click the Mail.ru, and then click Change or Change/Remove.

3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to make the changes that you want.

Press Start - Control Panel Choose Program - Uninstall a program Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'

 

Instruction for Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter Control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by: select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

 

Instruction for Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Mail.ru and press Uninstall

Type 'Control Panel' in Search field Programs in Control Panel Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'

 

Instruction for Mac OS

1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications

2. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash

3. Choose Finder > Empty Trash

Step 2. Check browser shortcut

1. Right-click on shortcut

2. Select Properties

3. Check the field Target: there must be only way to your browser, e.g.:

Google Chrome: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Internet Explorer: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

Mozilla Firefox: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Opera: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe"

Safari: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Safari\"

Step 3. Remove Mail.ru from browser settings

Instructions for Google Chrome

1. Launch Google Chrome

2. Click Menu (Customize and control Google Chrome)

3. Select Settings

4. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings...

5. Click Reset settings

How to find Google Chrome Settings How to find Show advanced settings in Google Chrome How to Reset settings in Google Chrome

Instructions for Mozilla Firefox

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox

2. Click on Help on menu bar

3. Select Troubleshooting information

4. Click Reset Firefox...

How to find Mozilla Firefox Troubleshooting information How to launch Reset Firefox... Reset Mozilla Firefox: last step

Instructions for Internet Explorer

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click Tools (You can press ALT+X on the keyboard)

3. Select Internet Options

4. Select Advanced tab

5. Click Reset... button

6. Put the tick near 'Delete personal settings' and click Reset

How to launch Internet Options in Internet Explorer How to find Advanced Internet Options in Internet Explorer How to reset Internet Explorer settings

Instructions for Opera

1. Start Opera

2. Click Menu (Customize and Control Opera)

3. Select Settings > Browser tab

4. Select On Startup - Open a specific page or set of pages - Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one

How to find Extensions in Opera How to disable extensions in Opera How to remove extension from Opera

Instructions for Safari

1. Open Safari browser

2. Click Menu (Display a menu of General Safari Settings)

3. Select Reset Safari...

4. Click Reset

How to display a menu of General Safari settings How to find Reset Safari tab How to reset Safari

 

Step 4. Remove elements that stayed after Mail.ru deletion

1. Remove files and folders, if they stayed

  • Type Mail.ru in the search box
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list of search results. Under Search again in, Click Computer
  • Wait for the search results
  • Delete items found

2. Delete registry keys

  • Click the Start button
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Press Ctrl+F and type 'Mail.ru'
  • Click 'Find Next'
  • Delete the entries that were found

Video instruction how to remove Mail.ru

 

 

 

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