How to remove Media Search App by Ask.com
What is Media Search App:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Media Search App is a deceptive software program, developed by APN LLC, that pretends to help users to search the Internet for the latest news, software, multimedia etc. and other useful stuff, however it appears that it was build only to promote the Ask.com search engine. It is classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), but it also modifies the browser’s settings and windows registry to set Ask.com as default search engine and Search.ask.com as default homepage. Furthermore, the Media Search App is capable of displaying various banners, ads and other multimedia ads on almost every web page you visit. Please note, that some of the ads, shown by the Media Search App are not safe and you should avoid clicking them. Media Search App installs multiple malicious browser extensions, which continuously re-directs users to the search.ask.com search engine. The browser hijacker works just fine with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might experience various pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim’s search results are compromised as well. Usually the search results are full of 3rd party advertising and SPAM.
Media Search App is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/quick or recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of Media Search App varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on not safe ads or banners etc.
The main goal of Media Search App is to generate as much web traffic as possible, that could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of that or similar adware collect private information from your computer, that might be used to track your browsing habits, IP addresses, Bookmarks, Usernames, Passwords and even financial information, however often they collect much more than just that. That’s why this infection should not be left unattended, and needs to be terminated immediately, as it presents a serious threat to your online, personal and financial safety.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Media Search App Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Media Search App and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically initiate scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to buy a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find more about the SpyHunter Installation Process. SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, however we advise you to purchase a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual Media Search App Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Media Search App manually, although you should proceed at your own risk. Any of the below-mentioned interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Media Search App Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for all entries related to Media Search App by Ask, Bestadblocker, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, ExtensionSimple Blocker, IQIYI, iReview, Obrona Blockads, Media Player 1.1, Video Player, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, Youtube Downloader HD, DVDX Player 3.2, Fast Free Converter, SafeSaver, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Savings Bull, Feven Pro 1.1, Couponpueke, Savings Bull, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove Media Search App from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire “Chrome” folder with all its content – including all the files and all the subfolders.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any folders or files related to Media Search App by checking the following locations: