How to remove applications causing redirects to/from mediatop.me?

Also Known As: mediatop.me pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Mediatop[.]me redirect removal instructions

What is mediatop[.]me?

Mediatop[.]me is a rogue site, similar to alldaystream.club0sntp7dnrr.commbsimedia.comsoonersupor.pro and many others. Visitors to it are redirected to other untrustworthy or malicious webpages and/or are presented with highly dubious content. Most users access mediatop[.]me inadvertently, either via redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or have it force-opened by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already installed onto the system. It is noteworthy that these apps do not need express user permission to infiltrate their devices. Following successful installation, they cause redirects, deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns and spy on browsing activity.

mediatop[.]me pop-up redirects

Geolocation is key to determining mediatop[.]me behavior. It learns this information by checking visitors' IP addresses. Once learnt, according to their geolocation, users get redirected elsewhere and/or are presented with questionable material. Additionally, this untrustworthy website attempts to trick users into enabling its browser notifications with visual clickbait. It implies that to watch the video presented in the page, visitors must consent to said notifications. If they are enabled, mediatop[.]me will begin running intrusive ad campaigns. These adverts (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, etc.) seriously diminish the browsing experience, as they limit browsing speed and site visibility (by overlaying page content). However, intrusive advertisements are far more than just a nuisance, they are also deemed to be a threat to system health. When clicked on, these ads redirect to sale-oriented, rogue, compromised, deceptive, scam and malicious webpages. What is more, they can be triggered (by being clicked) to execute scripts, designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without user permission. Unwanted apps cause redirects to similarly harmful sites and can run intrusive advert campaigns as well. Most PUAs have data tracking abilities, which are employed to monitor browsing activity and collect sensitive information inferred from it. Information of interest includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, geolocations and users' personal details. The gathered data is likely to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for financial gain. Therefore, PUAs can not only cause various infiltrations and infections, but also lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety - all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name mediatop.me pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Observed Domains 1.mediatop[.]me; 2.mediatop[.]me; 5.mediatop[.]me; 7.mediatop[.]me; 9.mediatop[.]me; 3.mediatop[.]me; 6.mediatop[.]me
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, potentially unwanted applications (adware)
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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PUAs typically appear legitimate and harmless. Users are tempted into downloading/installing them with offers of "handy" functions. These features are usually nonoperational and even if they do work - then not as advertised. Functionality is irrelevant, when the only goal of such apps is to generate revenue for their developers - at user expense. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs force-open a variety of untrustworthy and malicious websites, deliver intrusive ads and track/gather vulnerable data.

How did adware install on my computer?

The most common proliferation method of PUAs is via download/install setups of other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download and installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used pre-set options, skipped steps, etc.) - endangers systems with infiltrations and infections, originating from bundled content. Some PUAs have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. Once clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

All products should be researched to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation. Only official and trustworthy download channels should be used. Untrustworthy download sources, like: free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is recommend to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive ads typically appear ordinary and innocuous, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable pages (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and others). In case of encounters with such adverts/redirects, it is strongly advised to inspect the system and eliminate all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of mediatop[.]me website (GIF):

mediatop[.]me website appearance (GIF)

IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.

Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

Google Chrome (PC):

  • Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
  • Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable pop-up notifications in Google Chrome web browser

Google Chrome (Android):

  • Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
  • Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"

Disable pop-up notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
  • Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"

Disable pop-up notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
  • Select "Internet options"
  • Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
  • Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button

Disable pop-up notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings"
  • Click on "Site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable pop-up notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
  • Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
  • Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each

Disable pop-up notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

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.

mediatop[.]me adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes mediatop[.]me redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing mediatop[.]me 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing mediatop[.]me ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mediatop.me pop-up, 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 mediatop[.]me  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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing mediatop[.]me ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mediatop.me pop-up, 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 mediatop[.]me 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing mediatop[.]me ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with mediatop.me pop-up 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 mediatop.me pop-up, 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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Global malware activity level today:

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