MusiCalm adware removal instructions
What is MusiCalm?
MusiCalm is a rogue application, categorized as adware. It operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it delivers various undesirable and possibly harmful adverts. Furthermore, most adwares possess data tracking abilities, employed to monitor users' browsing habits. Therefore, is is highly likely to this app has such abilities as well. Due to MusiCalm's questionable proliferation methods, it is also classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). It has been observed being distributed via illegal software activation tools ("cracks"), which are commonly used to proliferate malware as well (e.g. trojans, ransomware, etc.).
MusiCalm adware enables the placement of third party graphical content on any visited website. Hence, the advertisements (e.g. pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc.) do not originate from the sites themselves but are delivered by MusiCalm. The intrusive adverts severely diminish the browsing experience, since they limit browsing speed and webpage visibility (by overlaying them). Additionally, once clicked on, the ads redirect to sale-oriented, rogue/untrustworthy, deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious websites. Some of these advertisements can even be triggered (by being clicked) to execute scripts, designed to stealthily download/install software. One prime example of content infiltrated into systems in this manner are PUAs. These applications can force-open similarly dangerous sites, much like the ones intrusive adverts redirect to. Other unwanted apps can modify browsers and restrict/deny access to their settings - in order to promote fake search engines. It is common for PUAs (adware included) to monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and gather personal information inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This data typically contains personally identifiable information. What is more, the developers of such applications usually share the collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for financial gain. Therefore, presence of PUAs on devices can lead to various system infiltrations and infections, financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is strongly advised to eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by MusiCalm|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Detection Names (MusiCalm)
||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (rogue installer)
||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.MSILPerseus.213713), DrWeb (Trojan.DownLoad4.13619), Emsisoft (Gen:Variant.MSILPerseus.213713 (B)), 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)||
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Access+, Damn Good Recipe Promos, Best Media Converter, MessengerHub are a few examples of other adware-type apps. They rarely appear suspicious, this software tends to look legitimate and useful. Users are tempted into download/installation with offers of "handy" functions. However, these features are seldom operational and even if they do work - then not as promised. This applies to practically all PUAs. Functionality, user convenience and safety are irrelevant, since the only goal of unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs deliver intrusive ad campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and malicious websites, hijack browsers and gather private information.
How did MusiCalm install on my computer?
MusiCalm is distributed via illegal activation ("cracking") tools. However, PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other products as well. "Bundling" is the term used to describe this deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. skimmed or ignored terms, skipped steps, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content onto systems. Select PUAs have "official" download webpages, from which they can be downloaded. Once clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
All products should be researched before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels should be used. Untrustworthy sources, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content, hence they are advised against use. It is just as important to activate software only with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers, since illegal activation tools ("cracks") are often used to proliferate PUAs and even malware. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive adverts tend to appear ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to various dubious websites (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and others). Should users encounter such ads/redirects, they are to inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with MusiCalm, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of MusiCalm installation folder:
Screenshot of MusiCalm adware on Windows Taskbar:
Screenshot of the rogue installer ("cracking" tool) used to proliferate MusiCalm adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is MusiCalm?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MusiCalm application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove MusiCalm adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MusiCalm ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by MusiCalm' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove MusiCalm extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MusiCalm 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 "MusiCalm", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes MusiCalm ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove MusiCalm adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, MusiCalm did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 musicalm, 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 musicalm, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by musicalm 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 musicalm, 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 musicalm from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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