MessengerSpot adware removal instructions
What is MessengerSpot?
Practically identical to MessengerHub, MessengerDeck, MessengerNow, and many others, MessengerSpot is an adware-type application. It is supposedly capable of providing desktop access to Facebook Messenger. Instead, this app seriously diminishes browsing quality by running intrusive advertisement campaigns. Since most users download/install MessengerSpot unintentionally, hence it is also deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Software classified as adware typically operates by enabling the placement of pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys and other intrusive advertisements on any visited website. The ads overlay webpage content and slow down browsing speed. Additionally, upon being clicked, they cause redirects to sale-oriented, untrustworthy/rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. These adverts can even be triggered (by being clicked) to execute scripts, designed to download/install software without user permission. PUAs are often infiltrated into systems in this manner. Unwanted applications have varied abilities, not limited to intrusive ad campaign delivery. They can force-open various dubious and harmful websites. Other PUA types can make modifications to browser settings, restrict/deny access to them - in order to promote fake search engines. Illegitimate web searchers have no real value to users, as they are usually unable to generate search results. So, these fake web searching tools tend to redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Bing, Yahoo and other legitimate search engines. It is common for all types of PUAs (adware included) to have data tracking abilities. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and gather users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive information is often monetized by sharing it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on similarly misusing it for profit. In summary, presence of PUAs on devices can lead to system infiltrations/infections, financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins.
|Name||Ads by MessengerSpot|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to Facebook Messenger|
|Detection Names||eGambit (Unsafe.AI_Score_97%), 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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Easy File Converter Plus Promos, Free Maps World Promos and MusiCalm are a few examples of other adwares. They seldom appear suspect and typically look ordinary. Users are tempted into download/installation with offers of a wide variety of "useful" and "advantageous" functions. However, these features rarely operate as promised and in most cases - they do not work at all. This applies to all PUAs. The only purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue at user expense. Hence, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs run intrusive advert campaigns, cause redirects to untrustworthy and malicious webpages, hijack browsers and collect private information.
How did MessengerSpot install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g. MessengerSpot) have "official" promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded. However, these apps can also be downloaded/installed without explicit user consent. PUAs are proliferated using the "bundling" method. This deceptive marketing technique consists of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download and installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps, used presets, etc.) - increase the risk of inadvertent installation of bundled content, despite presence of any opt-out options. Once clicked on, intrusive adverts can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Software should be researched before download/installation and/or purchase. It is recommended to only use official and verified download channels. Untrustworthy sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting (freeware) websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Download and installation processes are to be treated with caution. Therefore, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline downloading/installing additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive ads appear legitimate, however they redirect to various unreliable and questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). Should users encounter such advertisements/redirects, they are advised to inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with MessengerSpot, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of MessengerSpot adware installation setup:
Screenshots of MessengerSpot adware's promotional website:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is MessengerSpot?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MessengerSpot application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove MessengerSpot adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MessengerSpot ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by MessengerSpot' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove MessengerSpot extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MessengerSpot 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 "MessengerSpot", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes MessengerSpot ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove MessengerSpot adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, MessengerSpot 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 messengerspot, 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 messengerspot, 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 messengerspot 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 messengerspot, 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 messengerspot from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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