MatchPop Unwanted Application

Also Known As: MatchPop cryptominer
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

MatchPop removal instructions

What is MatchPop?

If the MatchPop program is installed on a computer without the user's knowledge, it should be uninstalled immediately. It is a cryptominer, a program that uses computer resources to mine cryptocurrency. In many cases, cyber criminals trick people into downloading and installing these programs so that they can use their computers to generate revenue.

MatchPop unwanted application

Cryptominer programs 'mine' cryptocurrency by solving complex mathematical problems. To do this, they need to use computer CPU resources. Therefore, when a cryptominer is installed, it causes high CPU usage and significantly reduces computer performance. These programs also increase electricity usage. In most cases, having software of this type installed results in higher electricity bills and diminished computer performance. People who have the MatchPop crypto miner installed, should be able to find its process running in Task Manager as "MatchPop Module" (32 bit or 64 bit) - as in the screenshot above. In other cases, to disguise cryptominers, cyber criminals use the names of legitimate processes. In any case, installed anti-virus programs usually detect and eliminate these programs before they can start the mining processes. If there is any reason to believe that there is a cryptominer (such as MatchPop) installed on your system, remove it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name MatchPop cryptominer
Threat Type Cryptominer, PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).
Supposed Functionality Enhanced advertising.
Detection Names (MatchPop.exe)
Avira (ADWARE/Adware.Gen7), K7AntiVirus (Riskware ( 0040eff71 )), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/CoinMiner), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appears on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about detected issues. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly detected errors.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
Removal

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MatchPop is similar to other programs of this type such as XMR Miner, BitCoinMiner, and AV64N.exe. People are often unaware that their computers are infected with cryptominers and they install them unintentionally (cyber criminals trick them into it). There are various ways to proliferate these programs (including viruses), however, it is unknown exact which method cyber criminals use to distribute this particular cryptominer.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs are promoted using the "bundling" method. Developers include them into set-ups of other software and do not disclose this information properly. They hide them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options. People who download or install software without checking these settings often cause download and installation of unwanted software. These apps are also installed by clicking intrusive, deceptive ads designed to run scripts that download and install unwanted apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent download and installation of PUAs, download all software from official and trustworthy websites. Avoid using torrent clients, eMule (other Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, and other third party software downloaders. Handle software set-ups properly and check all available settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings of the installation process. Dismiss offers to download and install additionally-included apps and only then complete the setup. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on pages relating to adult dating, gambling, pornography, and so on. If clicked, they tend to cause redirects to other untrustworthy sites. If these redirects occur without clicking any ads or ads appear on any visited website, remove all unwanted, unknown apps installed on your browser (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins). Also uninstall unwanted programs on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting MatchPop unwanted app:

website promoting matchpop app

MatchPop installation setup:

MatchPop installation setup

MatchPop installation folder:

MatchPop installation files

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

MatchPop adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "MiBigData solution matchpop Report Platform" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, 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, MatchPop did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or unwanted redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the matchpop cryptominer, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the matchpop cryptominer, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with matchpop cryptominer removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove matchpop cryptominer from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

QR Code
MatchPop cryptominer QR code
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