MegaBackup Unwanted Application
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is MegaBackup?
MegaBackup is a rogue application claiming to provide a data back-up facility. Initially, this functionality may appear legitimate and useful, however, this app infiltrates systems without users' consent. Therefore, MegaBackup is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Although MegaBackup is a legitimate application, most potentially unwanted programs monitor Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, and other similar information.
This information might contain private details that PUP developers share with cooperating third party companies who misuse personal information to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking application on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
In addition, these PUPs generate intrusive online advertisements that conceal underlying website content and might also lead to malicious sites. Therefore, clicking them is risky and can result in various computer infections. Potentially unwanted programs should be uninstalled immediately.
There are hundreds of potentially unwanted programs that share similarities with MegaBackup (mainly due to their distribution method). BestCleaner, MaxPerforma, and DiskPower are just some examples from many. Note that all PUPs offer 'useful features', however, these claims are merely attempts to trick users to install.
PUPs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and provide no significant value for regular users. They collect personally identifiable information, deliver intrusive ads, and cause unwanted browser redirects.
How did MegaBackup install on my computer?
MegaBackup has an official download website, however, many users install this application inadvertently, without their consent.
This is due to a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of PUPs with regular (often free) software. All bundled programs are hidden within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes. Users often rush this section and skip most steps, often leading to inadvertent inclusion of rogue applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software.
Closely analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Secondly, decline offers to download/install third party apps and cancel those already included. Bundled programs are often rogue and, thus, should never be installed. The key to computer safety is caution.
Deceptive free software installer distributing MegaBackup PUP:
Screenshot of MegaBackup application:
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- What is MegaBackup?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MegaBackup application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove bogus extensions from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove deceptive add-ons Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MegaBackup PUP removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "MegaBackup", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At time of research, MegaBackup did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the megabackup potentially unwanted program, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the megabackup potentially unwanted program, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with megabackup potentially unwanted program removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the megabackup potentially unwanted program, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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