Uninstall MessengerNow adware

Also Known As: Ads by MessengerNow
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

MessengerNow removal instructions

What is MessengerNow?

MessengerNow is advertised as an app that allows users to send texts, make video chats, and form plans on their smartphones or desktop computers. This may seem a legitimate and useful app, however, it has been identified as adware, a type of software that most people download and install unintentionally. These are known as potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). Typically, installed adware displays unwanted advertisements and collects information relating to users.

MessengerNow adware

People with adware-type apps such as MessengerNow installed on their computers or browsers are forced to see various unwanted ads. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and others that, when clicked, open dubious or even malicious web pages. Sometimes ads displayed through adware lead to unwanted downloads and installations. Another problem with adware is information tracking. These apps often gather IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened pages, entered search queries, and other data associated with users' browsing habits. PUAs also target private details. The people behind these apps (developers) share all recorded information with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These are the main reasons why adware-type apps should be removed immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by MessengerNow
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly provides users with text, video chat, and planning features.
Detection Names (MessengerNow.14.1906.1ac.exe) ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Softninjas.A Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/Presenoker), 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.
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MessengerNow is virtually identical to MessengerLite, however, there are many other adware-type apps on the internet (such as Clicker or CraniumCapacity Ads). Typically, these apps are supposedly useful and include various features, however, people who use them are forced to see unwanted advertisements and risk having their private details shared with other parties. To avoid privacy issues, problems with browsing safety, unwanted downloads, installations, and so on, uninstall MessengerNow and other adware immediately.

How did MessengerNow install on my computer?

PUAs and adware are often downloaded and installed through intrusive, deceptive ads. When clicked, they can run scripts that download or install unwanted applications. In other cases, PUAs are downloaded and installed through the set-ups of other software when developers use the "bundling" method. There are many cases whereby PUAs are included into various download/installation set-ups and hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. People often leave these settings unchanged, thereby allowing PUAs to be downloaded and installed with other, regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download programs/apps from official web pages and using direct download links. Do not download through third party downloaders, torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks) untrustworthy websites, and so on. No third party installer should be trusted. Download and install software carefully: check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar setting available in download/installation setups and opt-out of offers to download or install additional, unwanted programs. It is not safe to click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious web pages (relating to gambling, adult dating, and so on). These can redirect to untrustworthy websites or lead to unwanted downloads and installations. Regularly check the list of installed browser apps (extensions, plug-ins, pop-ups). If there are any unwanted, suspicious entries, remove them immediately. This also applies to programs of this type installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with MessengerNow, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of MessengerNow installation setup:

MessengerNow installer

Website used to promote MessengerNow adware:

MessengerNow adware-promoting website

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Quick menu:

MessengerNow adware removal:

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.

MessengerNow adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "MessengerNow", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes MessengerNow ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove MessengerNow adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing MessengerNow ads 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 "MessengerNow", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing MessengerNow ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by messengernow, 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 MessengerNow  ads 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 "MessengerNow", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing MessengerNow ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by messengernow, 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 MessengerNow ads 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "MessengerNow".

Removing MessengerNow ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by messengernow 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by messengernow, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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:
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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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Ads by MessengerNow QR code
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