Stop a browser from opening music.globalappz.live

Also Known As: music.globalappz.live redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Mega Music Search browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Mega Music Search?

According to Mega Music Search developers, this app allows users listen to various songs and albums, create playlist and discover new music directly from their browsers. However, this app is a browser hijacker which is related to other potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) such as Mega Media Start and Mega Movies Search. Typically, browser hijackers change browser settings to promote some fake search engine (in this case music.globalappz.live) and collect various details about their users. As a rule, people do not download and install apps of this type on purpose.

music.globalappz.live browser hijacker

Apps like Mega Music Search usually can be installed on browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. After installation they change browser settings such as default search engine, homepage and new tab URL. Mega Music Search changes them to music.globalappz.live. Users are forced to visit the address of this fake search engine when they open a browser/new window, new tab or enter search query into URL bar. It is possible to undo these changes, however, only by uninstalling Mega Music Search. Otherwise this browser hijackers will reassign its settings every time an attempt to undo or change them is made. When Mega Music Search users try to browse the web using the URL bar or the aforementioned fake search engine, a browser redirects them to search.yahoo.com. It means that music.globalappz.live does not deliver any unique search results and provides results generated by Yahoo. Furthermore, most browser hijackers (and fake search engines that are promoted through them) collect IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations and other similar information. However, sometimes they are designed to record sensitive details too. Their developers send all gathered data to other people (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Such actions might lead users to problems related to browsing safety, privacy or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Mega Music Search
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Mega Music Search
Supposed Functionality This app supposed to allow users to listen to various music for free.
Promoted URL music.globalappz.live
Serving IP Address (music.globalappz.live) 104.18.58.73
Detection Names (music.globalappz.live) Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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There are many browser hijackers on the Internet, here are a couple of other examples: PDFPros, Transit Schedules and Universal Converter. People who download and install these apps on purpose usually do it because they believe that these apps are legitimate and somehow useful. Unfortunately, most of them are not. We strongly recommend not to trust apps of this type and, if they are already installed, uninstall them as soon as possible.

How did Mega Music Search install on my computer?

However, it is known that most potentially unwanted apps are being downloaded and installed unwillingly/unintentionally. It happens when people click intrusive ads that should not be trusted or download and install various software without inspecting their setups. Typically, people are tricked into downloading and installing unwanted apps when developers use a "bundling" method. To be more precise, developers add PUAs to various setups and hide information about it their settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts. However, PUAs cannot be downloaded and installed without giving them permission to do so. People agree with unwanted downloads or/and installations when they leave settings that are available in setups unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The safest way to download files and software is to use official websites and direct download links. Unreliable (unofficial) websites, third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks) and other similar sources/tools should never be trusted. If some software setup contains settings like "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", they should be checked and offers to download or install unwanted software dismissed. Furthermore, most intrusive ads are not as legitimate as they might look. When clicked, they often open various untrustworthy websites or lead to undesired downloads, installations. We do not recommend to trust/click such ads, especially if they are displayed on pages related to gambling, pornography and adult dating, etc. To stop a browser from opening questionable websites or/and displaying intrusive, unwanted ads, it is required to uninstall unwanted or suspicious apps that are installed on a browser. Typically, these apps are installed as add-ons, plug-ins or extensions. Moreover, we recommend to uninstall programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system too. If your computer is already infected with Mega Music Search, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Mega Music Search on Chrome Web Store:

mega music search on chrome web store

Questionable website (which is related to Mega Music Search) offers to download another PUA:

Website used to promote questionable app which is related to Mega Music Search

Hijacked browser loads music.globalappz.live and provides search results by search.yahoo.com (GIF):

mega music search opens music.globalappz.live and then search.yahoo.com in gif

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Quick menu:

Mega Music Search browser hijacker 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.

music.globalappz.live browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Mega Music Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the music.globalappz.live website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Mega Music Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing music.globalappz.live related Internet Explorer extensions

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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing music.globalappz.live from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://music.globalappz.live and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing music.globalappz.live from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Mega Music Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the music.globalappz.live redirect, 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 music.globalappz.live related Google Chrome extensions

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

Change your homepage:

Removing music.globalappz.live from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Mega Music Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.music.globalappz.live) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing music.globalappz.live from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "music.globalappz.live", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the music.globalappz.live redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing music.globalappz.live related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Mega Music Search", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing music.globalappz.live from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Mega Music Search", remove hxxp://music.globalappz.live and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing music.globalappz.live from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with music.globalappz.live redirect 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 browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

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

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

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 did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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