MessengerHub Adware removal instructions
What is MessengerHub?
MessengerHub is advertised as an instant messaging application, which includes a video chat feature. After installation, however, it starts to serve various advertisements. Therefore, MessengerHub is classified as adware. Note that users often download and install adware accidentally and, therefore, programs of this type are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Be aware that adware-type programs often collect user-system information.
In most cases, applications such as MessengerHub feed people with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other advertisements. If clicked, they can open various untrusted web pages. Adware-type apps often serve ads designed to run certain scripts - these cause download/installation of unwanted, potentially malicious software. Furthermore, it is likely that MessengerHub will collect data relating to users' browsing habits. Generally, these apps target IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites and other browsing data, however, there is a possibility that installed adware might also collect personal, sensitive details. The data is sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. Users who have MessengerHub or other adware installed on browsers and/or operating systems risk becoming victims of identity theft, experiencing problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy, and other issues. Therefore, you are advised to uninstall all adware immediately.
|Name||Ads by MessengerHub|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.|
|Supposed Functionality||Access to Facebook messenger directly from the computer desktop.|
|Detection Names||Comodo (Malware@#2olkn5i78qy6o), DrWeb (Trojan.Siggen8.54487), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Softninjas.A Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/CoinMiner), 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
MessengerDeck, MessengerTime and MessengerNow are some examples of other adware-type applications that are very similar or even identical to MessengerHub. Most of these programs are designed to generate revenue for the developers by serving advertisements. Many track information. This software can cause serious problems and, therefore, you are advised to remove all adware (and other PUAs) from the browser and computer.
How did adware install on my computer?
Commonly, adware is distributed by including it into the download/installation set-ups of other programs. This PUA distribution method is called "bundling". Typically, offers to download and/or install apps such as MessengerHub can be found in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and "Manual". Many users fail to check and change the settings, thereby allowing PUAs to infiltrate together with the required software. Sometimes unwanted downloads and installations are caused by clicking deceptive ads that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (such as torrent clients, eMule, etc.), unofficial pages and other sources, channels should not be used to download or install software or files. Use official pages and direct links. Check all settings ("Custom", "Advanced", and "Manual") and decline any offers to download or install PUAs before completing the process. Do not click intrusive advertisements that appear on dubious web pages, since they can open dubious websites or cause download/installation of PUAs. Remove any unknown, suspicious, plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions already installed on the browser, and programs of this kind installed on the operating system immediately. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is MessengerHub?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 "MessengerHub" (or "MessengerHub - Facebook Messenger for Desktop") select it and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstallation of MessengerHub 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:
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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by messengerhub, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by messengerhub, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by messengerhub 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 messengerhub, 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 messengerhub from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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