MessengerLite removal instructions
What is MessengerLite?
MessengerLite is a messaging app that includes texting, video calls, and planning features. It can be installed on smartphones or desktop computers. Note, however, that MessengerLite is known to behave like adware. For this reason, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Adware-type apps display advertisements and, in some cases, collect information relating to users' browsing activity.
If installed, adware displays various intrusive ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. When clicked, these often redirect users to untrustworthy websites. For example, to web pages that use deception to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs. Some ads displayed by adware (or on dubious sites) might also be designed to cause download and installation of unwanted applications. Furthermore, PUAs often collect user-data such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, etc. In some cases, they record personal, sensitive details. People who create these apps usually share the data with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. To avoid unwanted downloads/installations or problems with browsing safety and privacy, we recommend that you uninstall all adware-type (or other PUAs) immediately.
|Name||Ads by MessengerLite|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly operates as a messaging app with video chat and planning features|
|Detection Names (MessengerLite.14.1906.1paml.exe)
||ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Softninjas.A Potentially Unwanted), Rising (PUF.Softninjas!8.10320 (TOPIS:E0:kEQPLlMqrSI)), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Many apps display ads and record data. Some examples are Clicker, CraniumCapacity Ads, and BWplayer. It is possible to download these apps intentionally, especially since developers advertise them as useful, legitimate apps. Note, however, that people generally download and install PUAs inadvertently without their knowledge.
How did MessengerLite install on my computer?
Typically, people download and install PUAs when they click untrustworthy ads or when they download/install software that contains PUAs bundled into the setup. Developers bundle unwanted apps into set-ups to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted apps together with regular software. Details about the inclusion of bundled apps are usually hidden in setup options such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Furthermore, people often leave the settings unchanged, thereby granting permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed by default.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Do not to use Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, various downloaders, or other similar sources to download software or files. The best way to download software is using official websites and direct download links. If a setup contains "Custom" and "Advanced" settings, check them carefully and decline offers to download or install unwanted apps. Do not click ads that appear on dubious web pages - they might open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads/installations. If ads appear on any visited site or the browser opens dubious web pages, check for PUAs installed on the browser and computer. Also check installed extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons and remove unknown or suspicious entries immediately. The same applies to unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with MessengerLite, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
MessengerLite installation folder:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is MessengerLite?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MessengerLite application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove MessengerLite adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MessengerLite ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by MessengerLite' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove MessengerLite extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MessengerLite adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "MessengerLite", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes MessengerLite ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove MessengerLite adware from 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 "MessengerLite", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by messengerlite, 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 "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "MessengerLite", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by messengerlite, 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 "MessengerLite".
Computer users who have problems with ads by messengerlite 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 ads by messengerlite, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by messengerlite from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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